20 seconds are the most you’ll have to get your message across on TV or radio. Just 60 words. That’s the length of the average sound bite, so it’s vital that you know how to communicate clearly and concisely using imagery and words the public will respond to. Furthermore, those 20 seconds are wasted if you haven’t paid attention to how you look and how you sound. The same rules apply to anyone making a presentation to other people – whether they are clients, colleagues or a job interview panel.
We specialise in coaching those who need to communicate difficult, technical concepts clearly and briefly, especially in the health, development and financial sectors. We provide media training, including managing communications during crises, for CEOs, UN staff, senior politicians, and experts to appear on radio and TV. We coach business people in public speaking and personal presentation.
We also offer coaching in how to work in cross-cultural settings; how to minimise and neutralise misunderstandings that inevitably occur in a global workplace.
We are highly-experienced communication professionals who have worked at the highest levels in international external relations, journalism, training and career development. We have worked for many years in the United Nations, BBC broadcasting and international non-governmental organisations. Our communication expertise is drawn from experience in emergencies (natural disasters & complex crises) with international development agencies (including UNICEF, AusAID and Save The Children), and as news programme editors at the BBC.
As senior managers we have pioneered new ways of working by setting up new teams and ways of working (part of the team that set up BBC News Online, and televising the UK House of Commons).
We are currently based in London with clients, globally.