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They’re easily adaptable, so the length of the workshop is entirely up to you – half a day, a whole day or just an hour.
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. Just pick an hour during the day.
To rig up my TV newsroom, all I need is a standard conference room with some chairs, tables and a projector with sound.
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 because I create news desk teams 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 they go on air. I use a number of techniques to calm their nerves — and there’s always plenty of laughter in the first 15 minutes, to break the ice.
Yes. My Den of Decisions and Deadlines takes place in Brighton every few months.
It’s the perfect way to experience the buzz of a newsroom while learning communication and decision-making skills.
It’s also a great opportunity to do some networking (with decent coffee and pastries).
Yes of course. I’m used to hosting events, chairing discussions and presenting keynote speeches. My Secret Life of a Newsroom illustrated talk is a great ice-breaker for social events.
Just for the avoidance of doubt … I will be working in my personal capacity, not as a BBC employee, so I’d always turn down invitations that may be controversial or present a conflict of interest.
No, I’m afraid I don’t run media training. It would be a conflict of interest with my on-air role with BBC South East.
My workshops are not a BBC product, although the BBC have given me permission to run them, based on my career at the corporation since 1989.
If you need help with handling the media, I’m happy to recommend people who offer this type of training.
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