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The Case for Umms and Erms
What’s the deal with presidents and their love of a good “erm”? You’ve got Justin Trudeau’s infamous address that saw him utter fifty “umms” in just over a minute, and then there’s the fact that Boris Johnson’s “erms” are so prominent they feature on a printed face mask! On the surface they might be annoying to listen to, or they might give the impression that the offending speaker is ill informed, but an article in …
Why you should say yes to a radio or podcast interview
Having spent ten years working as a journalist for the BBC, I’ve made an insane number of cold calls to business owners and event coordinators to ask: “Would you speak about that on the radio?” Far too often, the answer was a hard and simple “no”. Now I get it, you’re a bit shy, you’ve never done it before, you’re worried about being grilled, or being asked unexpected questions… or the classic “I don’t like …
The Case for Umms and Erms
What’s the deal with presidents and their love of a good “erm”? You’ve got Justin Trudeau’s infamous address that saw him utter fifty “umms” in just over a minute, and then there’s the fact that Boris Johnson’s “erms” are so prominent they feature on a printed face mask! On the surface they might be annoying to listen to, or they might give the impression that the offending speaker is ill informed, but an article in …
Why you should say yes to a radio or podcast interview
Having spent ten years working as a journalist for the BBC, I’ve made an insane number of cold calls to business owners and event coordinators to ask: “Would you speak about that on the radio?” Far too often, the answer was a hard and simple “no”. Now I get it, you’re a bit shy, you’ve never done it before, you’re worried about being grilled, or being asked unexpected questions… or the classic “I don’t like …
How to be interviewed?
There’s a good chance that at some point in your life you’ll be asked to speak to the media. It could be because of the position you hold in your job, it could be because of your hobby or a sport you play, or you might simply be collared on the street by a roving journalist with a microphone or TV camera. Whatever the reason, whether you’ve pursued the media opportunity or it’s just landed …
What Makes a Good Interviewer?
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com For the past decade I’ve been a journalist, essentially making it up as I go along, and this particularly holds true of my presentation style. I’m 28 now, but my foray into presenting began at the BBC at just 19 years old, covering the afternoon show at Guernsey’s local radio station. It was very much a baptism of fire, given the only formal training I’d received was how to pronounce …

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