Event Dates

A list of all our forthcoming events. Please click on the event for further information.

  • May: Thursday 24th, The Lowry Hotel 12 Noon - 2.00 pm

    Time - 10.00 am Registration and Refreshments for a 10.30 am Start

    Presenter - Catherine Cross - The Media Coach

    Topic - How to Survive a Media Interview and Shine in the Spotlight

    The workshop will reveal the must-have skills people need not only to survive but to succeed when facing journalists. Through the use of both theory and practical exercises, by the end of the workshop participants will have a much better understanding of the art of interviews and the skills needed to shine in the media spotlight.Topics covered will include: - Video clip of real-life interview (for group analysis and discussion) - What journalists want and need from an interviewee - How to prepare for interviews - Interview control: vital techniques to avoid being 'Paxman-ed'! - Handling difficult or aggressive questionsLearning outcomes will include: - An understanding of what a media interview involves - A strategy to ensure thorough preparation - An ability to develop and refine credible and robust content suitable for the media - Skills and techniques to take control in an interview, steer a conversation and avoid falling into media 'traps' - Improved confidence to be an effective spokesperson for yourself and your company or organisationCatherine has delivered sought-after Media Training, Crisis Communications and Presentation Skills courses globally for almost 20 years. She has worked with numerous internationally-renowned clients, using the extensive knowledge of journalism she gained from her earlier 10-year career as a reporter, producer and presenter in local radio, BBC network radio, Regional Television and at the World Service. Catherine has trained clients in virtually every sector and at every level of employee, from the CEO downwards. She has advised companies for positive media campaigns and raising their profile as well as helping them prepare for potential crisis issues, such as redundancies, mergers, acquisitions, factory closures and employee accidents.Organisations she has worked with include: Shell, Intel, Dolby, Zurich, Twinings, The Foreign Office, the International Cricket Council and the Beijing Olympic Bid Committee.

  • June: Wednesday 20th, The Mere Golf Resort and Spa 12 Noon - 2.00 pm

    Time - 10.00 am Registration and Refreshments for a 10.30 am Start

    Presenter - Carole Fossey

    Topic - How To Kick Ass On Facebook

    This month's seminar is being presented by Carole Fossey. Entitled 'How To Kick Ass On Facebook', Carole says,"If you are confused about how to make social media work for you, you are not alone. Already confusing enough, the new Facebook and Twitter algorithms have made things even more difficult with your organic posts reaching on average between 1 and 2 percent of your followers.Without the right knowledge you can waste a lot of time and money on Social Media and come to the conclusion that it doesn't work. Or you can come along to this seminar and learn how to make social media work for you to find you the clients you WANT to speak to.Carole Fossey is an entrepreneur and business owner. With a background in Advertising, Sales and Marketing as well as 20 years in recruitment, Carole has been running recruitment and now Social Media businesses since 2001.Please use the link below to book for both the seminar and your lunch.

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  • October: Wednesday 31st, The Midland Hotel 12.00 Noon - 2.00 pm

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Come and join us at

OUR NEXT EVENT

Thursday 24th May

The Lowry Hotel 12 Noon - 2.00 pm

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