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I am asked every once in a while what our media training workshops are all about. So I’m thinking, given that we happen to have our next course coming up next week ,and there are still a few seats available,...
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In advance of one of our recent media training workshops one of the participants asked if I could spend some time on elevator speeches. We pride ourselves on customizing our workshops to best meet the needs of participants, so as...
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  In our media training workshops, I often talk about the power of telling a story to communicate an idea or convey a message. One of the examples we sometimes use is former US President Ronald Reagan. He was an absolute...
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  It was no surprise that Premier Alward focused on energy development in his State of the Province speech the other night as he’s been doing that with increasing frequency and conviction for months. But what was telling about the speech...
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  On twitter a few days ago, a friend started a thread by posting a quote from a note kids took home from their first day back at a Fredericton elementary school.   Here's the line: "Our school vision is to...
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  As we mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I have a dream” speech, aside from the obvious historical importance of it, I am reminded of just how great a piece of speechwriting it was.   As someone...
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  Yesterday, I blogged about Lieutenant General David Morrison of the Australian Army, and copied a video of him because it was one of the best examples of non-verbal crisis communications I had come across in a long time. http://tinyurl.com/o49ksyq  ...
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  The number one rule when it comes to crisis communications, is assuring the public you need to reach most, that you care, and that you are doing something to make things right. It's as simple as that, but often people...
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  First a warning. If you have been following my blog for the past year this may sound like a bit of déjà vu.  But not quite.   In February of last year, I blogged about how impressed I was with...
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  Public speaking, in the right hands, can leave you informed, entertained, upset, or motivated, all of which serve a purpose, but if it leaves you feeling inspired, well, that's about as good as it gets.   Many gifted speakers can...
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  We've all seen or at least heard about those surveys where they list the least trusted professions.   They vary a bit but not much – they are usually pretty consistent. Like this one from www.jobboom.com. Journalists come in at...
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  The best communications is communications that leaves you feeling something. Last night's dinner at the Fredericton Convention Centre put on by the Canadian Action Group on Homelessness Fredericton (CAGH) did that in spades. And that something was hopefulness and inspiration....
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  The first rule of thumb when you are writing a speech or any bit of copy, is to know who you are writing for – who's going to hear it or read it.  The second rule, is to write it...
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My first exposure to Ann Coulter was back about 10 years ago. She was on a panel on TV being outraged that Canada hadn't joined America in the Iraq war. She called it precedent setting for a “so-called” good neighbour. She...
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  There's probably like 10 thousand blogs and face book entries and newspaper opinion pieces dissecting last night's Obama-Romney debate so I figured – yes, the world really needs one more – so here it is. I'll try not to be...
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  Recently I happened upon the notes I used when I started offering media training, back 20 years ago. There were reams of them. I can't believe I used all that stuff, but I do remember how important I felt it...
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I like speeches. Before I started writing them, I spent 20 years covering them as a reporter, and while many were great, some were dogs but the majority was mediocre. And despite all those times I was bored out of my...
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  When the planes hit the World Trade Centre, then mayor Rudi Giuliani rose to the occasion by providing what the public needed to hear and see – calm and reassurance. It's all he could offer, but when it comes to...
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  Regular readers of this blog will know that I do media training. Because of this, I'm always on the outlook for interesting video examples that serve as either good or bad examples of how to handle a media interview.  ...
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  I was at a fundraiser luncheon for the New Brunswick Association for Community Living today. There was some powerful and moving video and various speakers re-enforcing the message that the Association does incredible good for the people it serves –...
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