Public Speaking Tips

I used to think that if you led a team or led a company, you oozed communication skills and confidence. To be in charge you must be pretty comfortable in the spotlight. Turns out I was wrong. You can be great at your job, and really tough on email, or in your comfort zone and…

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7 tips to control the conversation at work

Recently I ran a media training class in Perth for an awesome Not-For-Profit client who is doing incredible work in the world. I’m not going to name her or the organisation, but I will say she had a communication issue that is, unfortunately, really common amongst business leaders in Perth. I’ll call it the ‘my…

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Staying On Message: Communication Training

Introducing Taco. The cutest little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that ever lived. He’s only been with us a few weeks but we are in love. As cute as Taco is, he needs training. It’s off to Puppy School. Truth is the training isn’t only for him, but for the rest of us as well. We…

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3 ways to nail the ‘once in a lifetime’ interview

I’ve worked out what all the people who end up nailing their interviews have in common. I’m not talking about the executives or experts who spend time in media training to craft their message, or escape a crisis. I’m talking about everyday people who have experienced an extraordinary event that has led to me and…

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I love my job

Did I mention how much I love my job? I don’t know how many other jobs allow you into peoples’ lives the way mine does. When you’re producing for TV (whether it’s news, current affairs or a documentary) you’re welcomed into a complete stranger’s life. You’re suddenly plunged into their home and into their family…

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Missing Cleo

Every now and then you find yourself in the middle of a story, and wonder how the hell you got there. Like everyone else, I felt the terror rip through me when I first heard about little missing Cleo.  I’ve got a 4-year-old child. So, like so many other parents, I imagined how that heartache…

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Meeting Enza Raco

When I first met Enza Raco she was terrified of the media. She’d experienced the thirsty media pack at the most devastating time of her life. She’d been through so much pain, and didn’t want to talk publicly about it. That is, until the day the man who killed her husband, was sentenced. From that…

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Fear

Imagine you’re speaking to the media, or about to present to your peers. Your breath gets shorter, your palms get sweatier, you feel like your stomach is performing a double pike an Olympic gymnast would be proud of. If you’ve ever been to a ThinkBox communication or media training workshop, you’ll know we  normally kick…

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Crisis Insurance

I’ve got a bunch of clients who want media training so they can be ‘go-to’ talent for the media. They want to learn to speak well, calm their nerves, answer the questions seamlessly, sound intelligent  and use the media to help raise their profile. Great. But, on the other hand, I have a bunch of…

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Coping with a Crisis

When my kids hurt someone, whether it was intentional or not, I encourage them to apologise. I find myself blurting out instructions like ‘say sorry to your brother’ all the time. But then, like a lot of us, I normally take it one step further and say ‘now, make it better’. Snatch a toy? Say…

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Everything is Awesome…when you know what you’re doing.

There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones that build Lego models by following the instructions. They carefully count the rows, and check the height levels. They make sure every detail, including the brick colour, is followed perfectly by flicking through the supplied manual one page at a time. These people usually…

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