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Lots of people say they can help you ‘broadcast’ better in this virtual world.
I base my claim on 31 years broadcasting on the BBC.
Lots of people say they can help you communicate better with your staff and clients.
I base my claim on 31 years communicating to audiences of BBC News.
Lots of people say they can help you with ‘storytelling’ in your business.
I base my claim on 31 years telling people’s stories as a BBC News journalist.
They’re easily adaptable, so the length of the workshop is entirely up to you.
30 or 45 minutes online, or a half day split into three 50 minute slots, works well — with proper screen breaks.
Face to face, I can offer an hour, a half day or a full day — but am always happy to tweak to fit in with your needs.
My 60-minute Get It Done by Lunchtime sessions are a popular option because they can be run at any time – over breakfast, in a lunch hour, between work and the pub, online or face-to-face. Just pick an hour during the day that suits you.
Of course, we can do them easily enough on my preferred platform, Zoom — but I can also offer them on Teams.
If you’re ready to return to face-to-face events, let me rig up my TV Newsroom in your meeting space. All I need are standard conference room facilities.
I usually come to you, although I’m happy to suggest venues if your staff fancy a day away from the office.
My workshops can be run with large or small numbers.
Groups of 10, 15, 20 and 25 work particularly well face to face or online, because I create news desk teams, or Breakout Rooms, of five – but I can easily accommodate larger numbers.
If you have fewer than 10 staff, that can work well too — everyone gets more time to share their ideas and contribute, with more debate, personal challenges and one-to-one interaction.
The sessions are challenging, but never intimidating.
It’s my job to make all delegates feel comfortable within the first five minutes, especially those attending my Confidence Workshop.
As a TV journalist, I’m familiar with interviewees being nervous before we hit the ‘record’ button. I use a number of techniques to calm their nerves — and in my workshops, there’s always plenty of laughter in the first 15 minutes to break the ice.
Yes. From time to time I run my Holding the Zoom Room 45 minute workshop via Eventbrite.
It’s the perfect way to experience the buzz of a newsroom while learning communication and decision-making skills.
Just get in touch to ask when my next one is planned.
Yes of course.
As a news broadcaster, I’m used to handling the tech, and the challenges that come with that. So that’s handy if you’re running an online event.
If you’re inviting delegates face to face, I can help too — I’ve hosted many events, from P&O cruise ships to conferences and Awards Ceremonies. As a news journalist, I’m always aware what’s going on behind the scenes — and how to keep the show on the road when things might not be going entirely according to plan!
If your budget’s tight and you’d like a host who can also deliver a keynote, my Secret Life of a News Bulletin will have your audience eon the edge of their seats … perfect for the After Lunch slot!
Yes. Since October 2020, when I left the BBC, I have been able to add these to my list of services, as they no longer pose a conflict of interest for me.
So if you want to prepare yourself or your staff for a gruelling TV interview or simply get advice on how to write a Press Release that is likely to be noticed, give me a call.
You may simply want to know how to come across better in a video for your clients or staff. My ‘storytelling’ masterclass will certainly unlock a secret or two for you there.
After all, I’ve been asking those gruelling questions, reading those complex press releases, and engaging people with stories for the past 31 years.
I’m not a management consultant with qualifications in business theory.
I’m a BBC journalist with more than 30 years’ experience in the fast-moving world of breaking news — one of them spent training journalists at the BBC Academy. I only left the BBC in October 2020, so all my material and insights are bang up to date.
Since 2013, I’ve been running workshops which show how skills gained in a busy newsroom can improve communication, confidence and productivity in business.
They’re a lot of fun – but they also deliver serious business benefits. After more than 30 years on lunchtime news bulletins, I help your teams get more stuff done … by lunchtime.
What’s more, I can provide hard evidence that it all works. Within twenty-four hours, you’ll receive a written report compiled from post-course feedback. It means that you can assess whether the course has met its objectives, and see how newly-learned skills will be directly transferable to delegates’ professional lives.Email here
In 2011, I took a year’s sabbatical from the BBC to work as a volunteer English language teacher in Laos and in the small village of Kabubbu in Uganda. It reminded me that life can be short, and ideas should be acted upon.
I donate 10% of my fee from larger corporate clients to work with young people who struggle at school with employability skills, and Eastbourne’s Quicken Trust, near my home, to support their remarkable work in Uganda.
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!Download
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