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The beauty of my workshops is that they can be very cost effective, because they run so well with large or small numbers. Because I create news desk teams of five, groups of 15, 20 and 25 are particularly good. If you have larger numbers, I can work through your teams in back to back workshops while you provide other activities. If you have fewer than 15 staff, I can offer a more debate-based session with more personal challenges and one to one interaction.
I understand this — it’s my job to win them over. My aim is indeed to take them out of their comfort zones — but whilst having fun, and within the security of their own colleagues in a comfortable, safe environment. My experience in some tough secondary schools means I’m used to an indifferent or downright sceptical audience. Because I gather detailed feedback from delegates, I know that the vast majority have been very glad they have had the experience.
Yes, I enjoy this. I’m experienced at hosting events ranging from chairing complex issues (such as the introduction of the the new GDP regulations) to more relaxed after dinner entertainments. My ‘Secret Life of a Newsroom’ illustrated talk makes a fascinating ice-breaker for social gatherings. I would be working in my personal capacity, not as a BBC employee. For the avoidance of doubt, I turn down any invitations that may appear controversial of present me with any conflict of interest.
Yes, you can. Every three months or so I run my Den of Decisions and Deadlines as a morning ticketed event in a great venue just next to Brighton Station. It’s a great way to experience the newsroom adrenaline and develop your own ‘pivoting’ skills, while meeting like-minded people and enjoying decent coffee and pastries. Some people have told me it’s a great form of networking, because you’re actually doing something together, other than just chatting. If there’s one coming up, there’ll be a banner at the foot of my homepage — otherwise, get in touch and I’ll put you on the waiting list.
No. That would amount to ‘media training’, which I do not offer. To avoid any perceived conflict of interest with my on air role two days a week with BBC South East, I limit my workshops to motivating people to fulfil their potential in a workplace setting. Because my workshops are my own product and not the BBC’s, I request that any promotion of an event involving me does not use the BBC’s logo or imply the BBC’s endorsement of that event. The BBC are a great employer and I wish to respect this boundary.
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