Become more confident – and effective – at dealing with the media
I’m a former Sydney Morning Herald editor and journalist who helps people get their message across — whether it’s in an interview, managing a crisis or by generating story ideas for the press.
I train a wide variety of people from high-level executives to PR and marketing professionals.
Executive media training
Whether you’re giving an interview on camera, over the radio or to a newspaper or magazine, I can help you prepare (and relax) for it.
The training will vary depending on your needs and situation – but it can include:
- practicing different interview scenarios
- preparing for difficult questions
- understanding the different techniques journalists use – and knowing how to respond to them
- becoming aware of your body language and tone of voice
- using rhetorical techniques (such as the power of three – otherwise known as as the tricolon) to become more persuasive
- steering the interview back to your key message (without being obnoxious or sounding like a robot)
- knowing how to respond when the media contacts you
- becoming comfortable when being interviewed (this can include on camera training and conducting interviews over Zoom).
Media training for marketing, PR and comms teams
Topics that can be covered include:
- understanding what the media wants – and how journalists work
- identifying the kinds of stories that different media outlets will run
- pitching your story to the media
- writing press releases that will be read and not deleted
- becoming comfortable and confident in media interviews
- how to use key messages without sounding like a robot
- contacting journalists and editors
- handling media requests.
Confidential media training that can be run online or at your office
I can run this training over Zoom or at your office.
I’ll take the time to customise the training to suit your particular situation and can guarantee the training will remain entirely confidential.Find out more about my media training
- "Dan was a wealth of knowledge and has done a fantastic job of shaking up our team's approach. I feel confident that we will put these learnings into practice."Phoebe Angelatos – ACT Emergency Services Agency
- "A helpful workshop which went over both the basics and pertinent points for copywriting and communications professionals."Vanessa Gregory – Access-DGC
- "Very useful workshop – highly recommended. Dan was very professional and questions and answers were welcomed. Nice and relaxed environment."Ciarne Denham – Jaywing
- "The course was very insightful. I found myself restructuring my pitches and releases today. Thank you."Bella Temelkovski – Sweaty Betty PR
- "Really enjoyable. Content is broad, which is great – it links all kinds of comms strategies."Alana Doyle – Melba Support Services
- "Loved learning how to cut my sentences and work on structure. Particularly good to get some tips for media releases and sending to journos. Great exercises to actually put theory into practice."Amelia Quenby – Tonic PR
- "Great workshop! It was very helpful to get an insight into how editors and journos respond to pitches."Mond Liu – The Atticism
- "Enjoyed the format and content and how elements had been applied to our work. Thank you for a fabulous session."Vanessa Hollidge – Reymond Communications
Dealing with Grumpy Editors – the book
Dealing with Grumpy Editors is an ebook that explains what does and doesn’t work when it comes to pitching story ideas and press releases to the media.
- how to write press releases that will grab an editor’s interest
- how to pitch stories
- the danger of offering exclusives
- the real reasons why some stories don’t make it to press
- understanding what makes editors tick
- what information editors and journos need from PR
- what to do – and not do – when calling an editor
- what should be on a PR’s and client’s website
- how to handle media requests
- interviews (and how to give good quotes)
- PR damage control tips.
Price: $11.99Buy Dealing with Grumpy Editors on Amazon
- “This is required reading for any newsroom or PR agency.”Colin Kruger, business journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald
- “An insightful and honest read and I liked that it was funny as well. I hope more people (especially CEOs and general managers) read it.”Cheryl Ng, director of public relations,The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
- “This book should be required reading for all PRs, marketeers, ad people who are thinking of hiring PRs, all junior journalists and all clients who have PRs.”Emma Gardiner, editor and freelance PR
- “Dealing with Grumpy Editors had me laughing out loud – and despairing. This should be compulsory reading for all in the industry.”Georgia Macmillan, public relations consultant