10 SPEAKING LESSONS FROM AN EX-PRIME MINISTER

You can learn a lot by studying a great speaker at the top of their game.

This week I had the privilege of spending nearly an hour in the presence of one – the former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.

You may be surprised […]

By |November 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

10 TOP TIPS ON HOW TO SMASH YOUR ‘NETWORKING MINUTE’

I was at a networking breakfast this week at the start of a huge trade show in my home town of Bristol, UK, and in between the bacon and eggs, all 90 attendees (yes 90!) had 30 seconds to introduce themselves and […]

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OFFICE GOSSIP:  A BLESSING OR A CURSE?

I was taking to a lady last night who works in an organisation where gossip is banned. It’s simply not considered cool to talk about other people behind their backs. What’s more, she thoroughly approved of this rule, saying that gossip is […]

By |September 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on OFFICE GOSSIP:  A BLESSING OR A CURSE?

MEDIA TRAINING 101 – DON’T LIE, AND DO ANSWER THE QUESTION!

I’ve just watched a car crash TV interview on MSNBC in which Trump advisor Brad Thomas was crucified by two extremely knowledgeable financial journalists.

Mr Thomas praised President Trump for making the stock market go up and for creating a million jobs. His […]

By |August 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on MEDIA TRAINING 101 – DON’T LIE, AND DO ANSWER THE QUESTION!

WHY YOU SHOULD GET MEDIA TRAINED

In these days of fake news and presidential tweets, do you still need to be trained to meet the media? Or is ‘mainstream media’ too dead to bother with? My view is that social media posts are still not ‘news’ on their own. Think of Donald Trump’s tweets. If he […]

By |August 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on WHY YOU SHOULD GET MEDIA TRAINED

DO YOU KNOW YOU CAN PRODUCE A GREAT VIDEO IN ABOUT AN HOUR?

Well, your bit anyway. My contribution takes a bit longer than that, but it’s all stress-free for you.

Here’s how I do it.

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CRISIS COMMUNICATION: STOP ‘OTHERING’ THE SURVIVORS

Last week saw the first public meeting of Kensington and Chelsea Council since the disastrous fire on their patch at Grenfell Tower, which killed more than 80 people.

The meeting didn’t go well.  Feelings were already running high about the council’s handling of […]

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THE PRIZE FOR NOT ANSWERING QUESTIONS GOES TO…

I have been advising clients for years that they should always answer journalists’ questions, but this week I have seen the most amazing piece of question-evasion I’ve ever witnessed in my life. And it didn’t come from a media interviewee!

No, it came […]

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WHAT CRISIS ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE?

You almost certainly won’t be able to predict what kind of crisis will next hit your organisation, or when. But there are some things you can do to prevent or minimise the damage from the most common types of crisis. Here’s a […]

By |July 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on WHAT CRISIS ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE?

NEW VIDEO: HOW TO HANDLE THE MEDIA IN A CRISIS

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