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Make your ONLINE MEETINGS, SALES AND TRAINING tighter, more engaging and more effective (and relax, because I’ll be delivering it via my rock solid, ethernet connected 5G router)

Give your REMOTE TEAMS a shared team-building adventure – run a Virtual Newsroom for an hour, and read the news off a teleprompter!

I can help you with both.

 Because in TV News, if broadcasts are boring, people tune out.

Choose from my range of online masterclasses or coaching below.

Each session lasts around 50 minutes, but I can make them shorter or longer to suit your timetable.  

Book me for one, or ask me to run two or three as a half day – with plenty of coffee breaks!

Or ask me to customise the content to create a bespoke event that tackles your team’s needs head on.

(And if you’re after something that’s one-to-one, click on the COACHING button — number 9 on the list)

1 - REMOTE WORKING: How to Make An Online Meeting as Effective as a News Bulletin (my Crash Course in having impact in a virtual world)

An online workshop that gives practical tips on making virtual meetings, training and sales more engaging and efficient —  to help you really ‘Hold the Zoom Room’!

What happens:  I play video examples from news bulletins that demonstrate the importance of opening headlines, framing on camera, communicating via a microphone to people you can’t see, using interactivity, and ending bang on time … to gain and maintain audience engagement.

Up to 5 Key takeaway “Newsroom Secrets”:  open your event with impact/headlines — think carefully about your visual background — rehearse the tech — use people’s names relentlessly to keep things moving — finish on time by ensuring you have something you can drop at the end.

Curious?  Watch me in action in my 2 minute ‘REMOTE WORKING’ video below!

2 - COMMS: How to Communicate So People Actually Understand You (my Crash Course in spotting jargon and ditching data)

This workshop uses a high speed news writing exercise to focus on clarity of language and messaging in communications. 

What happens:  participants are given a page of densely written, jargon riddled ‘news copy’.  Their job is, alone, to turn it into three news stories, of three sentence each, that a member of the public would understand. 

Key takeaway “Newsroom Secret”:  Ditch the jargon.  It’s okay to use short, plain words.  If a 14 year old wouldn’t understand what you’ve written, re-write it. 

Curious?  Watch me in action in my 2 minute ‘COMMS’ Video below!

3 - STORYTELLING: How to Make Boring Things Interesting (my Crash Course in conveying complex information in a way that will be understood)

A workshop that uses real news examples of ‘storytelling’ to explore  communications.

What happens:  in pairs or small teams, participants are challenged to work out what to do next in a complex workplace scenario, with a 24 hour deadline.  The approach I suggest may surprise them … 

Key takeaway “Newsroom Secret”:  when wrestling with a complex problem, think of a person who will most be affected — and cite them and their story to make your points land. 

4 - PRODUCTIVITY: How to Work as Efficiently as a Reporter on a Lunchtime Deadline (my Crash Course on Agility and Managing Deadlines)

A workshop that uses breaking news to explore the tension between perfection and agility.

What happens:  participants are handed a breaking news scenario — and have to work out which key parts of it to report before the deadline, only minutes away. 

Key takeaway “Newsroom Secret”:  when having to make very fast decisions, it’s more important to get something out, than get something out that is perfect.  People don’t miss what you don’t give them, because they don’t know they’re missing it.

Curious?  Watch me in action in my 2 minute ‘PRODUCTIVITY’ Video below!

5 - TRAINING: How to Make Your Webinar So Good Nobody Will Want to Click Leave (my Crash Course on Holding your Audience's Attention)

A 45 minute webinar that reveals a broadcaster’s formula for communicating and connecting … down a lens. 

What happens:  you participate in a webinar that’s pacey, engaging, starts with impact and ends on time.  (And how often have you sat through ones that aren’t?)  You’ll leave with at least three tools you can use immediately to do the same in your webinars — ensuring that your audiences take the action you want after they’ve clicked ‘Leave’ …

Key Takeaway “Newsroom Secrets”: never start with the boring bits — give people time to reflect and commit — and ditch half the detail on your slides.  I’ll show you how.

6 - LEADERSHIP: How to Avoid Groupthink - become a News Editor for an hour (my Crash Course on Speedy Decision Making)

A workshop that uses story selection dilemmas to explore leadership and courage

What happens:  participants are given a list of five news stories — they must choose the ‘running order’.  As they do so, breaking news disrupts their conversations as the deadline approaches — but they must still come up with a decision for their audience. 

Key takeaway “Newsroom Secret”:  taking an unconventional and/or bold decision can be a risk — but it is very likely to demonstrate sound leadership, and very unlikely to be demonstrably wrong.  Speaking your mind isn’t a fault — if done respectfully, it’s a strength.

Curious?  Watch me in action in my 2 minute ‘LEADERSHIP’ Video below!

7 - TEAMBUILDING: Newsreader Needed Now! Have a go reading LIVE off a rolling teleprompter! (more fun than building a raft, and nobody gets wet)

This is less of a workshop — more an end-of-the-day chance for your team to relax over a (virtual) drink, and have some work-related fun … just like in the olden days.  

Choose between the following elements — depending on numbers, one or two of the following should fit comfortably into an hour long party:

GIVE ME FIVE!  Participants are given a list of nine news stories — and in teams, on a tight deadline, they choose the ‘running order’.  Which team will come closest to the one chosen by the BBC Producer that day?  Points are awarded, and a winner emerges. 

Key Takeaway (if required):  don’t overthink things — perfection is the enemy of agility — but in a meeting, you’ll be respected if you speak your mind.  

GOING LIVE!   Ever wanted to know what it’s like to read off a newsreader’s autocue?  Step into my remote studio and find out, as you watch the news titles roll, hear the director give you your count-down, and read the words scrolling before your eyes! 

Key Takeaway (if required):  it’s good to step out of your comfort zone once in a while — and you might find some things you thought were probably very difficult, are in fact quite easy.  

THIRTY SECOND SHOWDOWN:  Participants are invited to sum up their thoughts on a topic of their choice, and deliver it LIVE as a ‘piece to camera’ down the laptop lens.  But there’s a catch.  How close do they come to the 30 second limit the news editor has given them?  I’m standing by with my stopwatch to discover the winner!

Key Takeaway (if required):  in this virtual world, it’s more important than ever not to drone on during a meeting.  Keeping things brief is a key skill — and your colleagues will be grateful for it. 

NEWS QUIZ:  You give me some fun facts about your team or your business, I’ll throw in some news themed questions from the year that’s just passed, and turn it into a fun, fast, furious “Kahoot” style news quiz! 

Key Takeaway:  er, there isn’t one.   This is designed to be pure fun, with a prizewinner emerging to round the party off.  Though if you want your latest KPIs or sales targets to form some of the questions, you’ll be embedding some learning!

8 - MEDIA TRAINING: Everything You Wished You'd Asked Before The Reporter Switched The Mic On (and how you can turn the experience to your advantage)

What happens:  you brief me on the reason you’ve booked me — I reveal what opportunities that might give you, and where the pitfalls might lie — we go through scenarios together, one-to-one or in a larger group, with or without camera and recording equipment in studio scenario — you are left with a greater understanding of how journalists think and work,  and how you can turn that to your advantage.  

Key takeaway “Newsroom Secret”:  it might not be as bad as you think.  Journalists like to work with their contributors, and both can retain integrity.  Most news stories are about gathering and conveying clear information, not about causing trouble.   With a little thought and planning, working with the media can be a rewarding and positive experience. 

9 - ONE TO ONE COACHING: building your confidence and making you memorable if you need to present and persuade online (at your own pace)

A bespoke service that gives you a chance to discuss your own thoughts, build on what you’re already doing well, and work on what you could do even better. 

What happens:  we meet (face to face or virtually, depending on the latest rules and your own preference) to discuss a project or presentation that you may be working on.  Ideally, you’ll have sent me in advance examples of a recorded event you may want to improve upon.  Based on what you are already doing, I share a new approach, formula or set of techniques for you to try.   We meet again for a second meeting a few days later, when we work on your implementation of these ideas together.   Usually, we meet again for a third session when you put together the elements that you have been working on, amounting to a confidence building ‘dress rehearsal’ ahead of your own event.

What’s the ROI:  you will be able to approach your project or presentation aware of techniques designed to reduce your nerves, increase your impact and ultimately make the impression you want to make.   In this area of media training, nothing can be absolutely guaranteed … but you will have had the benefit of a tried and tested BBC approach, far more likely than not to make you comfortable delivering your message.




10 - WARM WEBSITE VIDEO GREETING: providing you with a welcoming video message for the homepage of your website (at an affordable price)

What happens:  we meet over coffee (or virtually, if you prefer) and have a good chat.  You tell me about yourself, your business, what you get up for in the morning and how you think your business can help anybody watching the video we’re going to make.  When you’re ready (on a separate day, perhaps)  I record a similar conversation with you, edit it, add music and graphics — leaving you with a warm greeting for your website of up to 3 minutes that will make any viewer realise why they want to work with you.

What’s the ROI:  for a fraction of the cost of an image consultant or TV production company, you’ll have an authentic video produced by a former BBC journalist — who’s spent 30 years helping people connect with an audience and tell their story 

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Online communications & productivity training.

Because we’re all broadcasters now.

It’s never been so important that staff are confident working and taking part in meetings remotely.

Meetings are just like news bulletins. They need headlines, they need confident delivery, and they need to start and end on time.

Otherwise your audience will just tune out.

These are skills I’ve developed over more than 30 years as a BBC TV journalist. And they’re skills I can share with you and your teams online.

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That was entertaining, precise and very useful. I particularly liked the way you involved everybody so all felt involved and challenged. I look forward to seeing the top tips in action in our team. Huge thanks, John.
Caroline Underwood MBE, Chief Executive, Philanthropy Company, London – January 2021

All the energy of my face-to-face workshops, now available online

Getting together by Zoom or Teams is never going to be as good as getting together in person.

But my 50 minute online workshops will leave your staff feeling valued, energised (and quite possibly entertained.)

They cover the same ground as my face-to-face workshops:

  • crystal clear communications for internal audiences
  • training, selling and having impact when you’re peering down a lens
  • problem solving & prioritisation
  • confidence on a deadline

Participants watch video clips from TV news bulletins, played on shared screens.  They vote on key decisions, and gather in chatrooms to debate — as the countdown clock ticks down, just as if they were on a newsroom bulletin deadline.


Training and CPD that’s allowed during furlough

Staff who feel isolated will feel valued.  New skills will be developed that could transform performance when normal business life returns.

And you’ll have developed skills that are never needed as much as they are now.

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My free to download Quick Read guide that will help you be as agile as a journalist on a lunchtime deadline – by revealing how we communicate fast, tell stories crisply and hit our deadlines. Read and recommended by CEOs, communications managers and sales team leaders!


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