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Choose from five options – or ask me to customise for your particular needs. 

Newsroom Bootcamp (Half or Full Day): discover how to get messages across as quickly and succinctly as a journalist.

Newsroom Bootcamp is like no other training your staff will have experienced.  No flow-charts, no mind-maps, no bewildering slides.   In their place: phones ringing, deadlines looming, video clips bringing breaking news that needs dealing with … and the (optional) chance to test their nerve by reading off a newsreader’s rolling autocue.

  • they’ll discover the secrets journalists use to sift out the irrelevant and focus on the relevant
  • they’ll think about the language they use … how to cut out the jargon and write messages in the language their audience will actually understand
  • they’ll turbo-boost their own productivity — and confidence —  when faced with an 8 minute deadline
  • they’ll build their own confidence by debating ideas with colleagues they may not yet have worked with
  • ideal as a stimulating ice-breaker to open an Away Day or Retreat, or at the end as a thought-provoking way to round things off before heading to the bar
  • because it’s indoors and on-site, it’s less intimidating than many team-building activities, and a lot less hassle for you
  • I customise the blend of sheer fun and real learning to meet your own specific requirements
  • numbers: 9-25 work particularly well, but I can customise to work with much larger groups.
Get It Done By Lunchtime (60 minutes): all the adrenaline of Newsroom Bootcamp (above), but done and dusted to fit in over breakfast, lunch, or before you head down the pub.

Get It Done By Lunchtime gives your team a quick-hit experience with immediate impact, at a competitive price.  It’s designed to be run over breakfast, during lunch, between work and the pub — or any hour you choose during the working day.

  • they’ll discover the secrets journalists use to sift out the irrelevant and focus on the relevant
  • they’ll think about the language they use … how to cut out the jargon and write messages in the language their audience will actually understand
  • they’ll turbo-boost their own productivity — and confidence —  when faced with an 8 minute deadline
  • they’ll build their own confidence by debating ideas with colleagues they may not yet have worked with
  • designed to slot easily between other training events you may have planned — ideal immediately after lunch to reboot energy levels!
  • because it’s indoors and on-site, it’s less intimidating than many team-building activities, and a lot less hassle for you
  • I customise the blend of sheer fun and real learning to meet your own specific requirements
  • numbers: 9-25 work particularly well, but I can customise to work with much larger groups.
Secret Life of TV News (45 minutes): a keynote with (optional) business takeaways -- that'll keep them on the edge of their seats

This is perfect for the event host who knows how tricky it can be to keep the audience’s attention after a good lunch.  I have a range of solutions to this, including:

  • Seven Tales from the Newsroom: a sit-back-and-watch talk based on thirty years as a BBC News Reporter, but crammed with video clips to illustrate the lessons on life and business that I learnt from each;
  • Give Me Five: my tried and tested news game — how will you cope in the News Editor’s chair, deciding on today’s news stories, as breaking news disrupts things, headlines need to be written and the deadline approaches? 
  • When TV News Goes Wrong:  an edge-of-the-seat insight into what’s going into the newsreader’s ear as things start to go wrong on air.  Available with or without built in business-takeaways around swift communication, crystal clear messaging and staying calm when things suddenly change.
Deadlines, Decisions, Dilemmas (Half or Full Day): a workshop for the C-Suite weary of conventional theory-led corporate change management & leadership training

This aimed at the C-Suite, ready to experience a refreshing new take on quick decision making and leadership — but based on a real-time Newsroom Live experience, not a jargon-laden powerpoint.

  • as news priorities change minute by minute, pivoting skills are tested … useful as Brexit approaches
  • as headlines are written under real time pressure, clarity and focus of message is developed
  • as the rough and ready world of breaking news is experienced, we weigh up when to hold our own and when to let go
  • numbers: 6-10 delegates works best
  • duration:  two to three hours
Thirty Second Showdown (30 minutes): a quick hit masterclass in succinct communications -- perfect for a Sales Team or Strategy Day

If you’ve got some heavy lifting ahead at a Strategy Away Day, with some difficult conversations on the horizon, this could be the perfect way to open or close it … while keeping the mood light.

  • you’ll discover how TV News journalists take a mass of often confusing information — and boil it down into a news bulletin that lasts precisely thirty seconds.
  • you’ll have a go yourselves — with some of your staff reading the results off my portable autocue.  Who will come closest to hitting the 30 second target?
  • you’ll come away with fresh ideas about brevity, clarity and cutting to the chase – and a belief that you can free yourself from corporate jargon.

You tell me what you’re aiming to achieve

More confidence in clear communication and cutting out the corporate-speak?  Greater clarity of thought when writing a report or pitch that may help your company get business?  Better equipping your team to be more assertive, or patient, with each other?  A greater ability to handle a deadline, stay agile, manage change and boost your profits by keeping your clients happy?


You tell me the numbers and the time-frame

15-25 works particularly well, breaking down into 3 to 5 teams of five, but I’m very flexible.   A couple of hours?  A morning?  A day?  I’m versatile, and I’ve got plenty of material.


You tell me where you want to do it

All I need to rig up my TV Newsroom is any standard conference room with a projector, some tables and chairs.  But if you want to leave the office, I can suggest some great venues.


If you’re after Media Training 

I’m not the one for you.  Because I still work at the BBC two days a week, I limit my workshops to giving you an insight into how newsrooms work and how you can replicate that energy to work more productively, communicate better with your staff and tell your own stories.  I don’t offer crisis media management services, but can refer you to other former BBC journalists that do. 


I provide

  • The credibility: I’m a TV news journalist you and your colleagues may have seen on air the night before, but with the training and presenting experience to connect with a very wide range of audiences.
  • The energy: my workshops are as fast, or as reflective, as you want them to be — without forcing staff into physical or dangerous situations.
  • The empathy: I’m aware many people may be nervous ahead of one of my workshops, and I am experienced at overcoming that anxiety.
  • The internal take-aways:  my workshops are built upon regular one sentence take-away thoughts to reinforce what has been experienced and ensure it’s transferred to the workplace.
  • The external take-away: I can provide you with a video of your team reading their headlines off my autocue for your own website, vlog etc, and can publish a blog about our time together — great SEO.
  • The pre-chat: a preliminary consultation, in person or on the phone, to brief me on your needs.
  • The follow-up: all bookings include feedback forms which I distill into a succinct one page report for you, providing statistics and quotations on what has actually been achieved on the day, and what the ‘take-aways’ have been.  This may help you justify the use of your budget to your own boss.
  • The necessary credentials: I am CRB/DBS checked, and have public liability insurance up to £5m.

You provide

  • Staff — 10 to 25 is ideal, though I can work with smaller or larger numbers.
  • Anything from  30 minutes to a full day — I’ll fit in with your timetable.
  • A standard office/conference room with video and audio whiteboard or equivalent — I simply plug in my laptop, rig up my news camera and autocue, and we’re away!
  • A separate flipchart or equivalent, to record learning points and news-desk team scores.
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Getting It Done By Lunchtime

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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