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We help businesses communicate effectively and stand out in the media … for all the RIGHT reasons!

Our highly effective in-house media and presentation training courses in London and beyond have polished up the communications skills of hundreds of people, right up to CEO and board level, from a range of organisations—large and small. You’ll get personal service from us; every course is tailored to your organisation’s specific requirements.

Course Director Tom Maddocks is a former BBC2 ‘Money Programme’ reporter and is recognised as one of the UK’s leading media training experts—as quoted in The Sunday Times, the FT, The Independent and many others. He is also the author of The M-factor: Media Confidence for Business Leaders and Managers.

Media Training Associates is based in London but we can run courses in Britain or overseas, in small groups or one-on-one. Our clients range from leading banks and insurance companies to law firms, manufacturing businesses and charities.

Let us give you complete media confidence!

Media Training Courses

Our print media, radio and television courses give you plenty of practical interview experience and show you how to get your message across; what will (and won’t) interest the journalist; how to deal with difficult issues; and the essential questions you should ask before agreeing to any TV or radio interview.

Media Training Courses

Crisis Media Training

As well as our standard media training we can provide crisis media training courses. These will help you turn the media into part of the solution, not the problem, should disaster strike. We work with you to create a relevant crisis scenario then base the training and interview practice around it.

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Presentation Training

We specialise in presentation skills training at beginner or advanced levels, to banish your nerves and make sure your message really gets across to the audience—be it a key client pitch or a large gathering. We can hold specialist one-on-one coaching with senior executives—ask us for details.

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Media Tip of the Month

August: Surely I Never Said That??

Don't let a newspaper or magazine interviewer put words in your mouth; it can lead to unintended, negative quotes appearing. You don't have to leave it to the reporter to frame the debate. Often they will use a pejorative word or phrase in their question, and your natural instinct will probably be to refute it. However, in the process you may be neatly giving the journalist a very defensive-sounding quote—as in: “Many people would say your behaviour's been very shifty in this case?” “Well I wouldn’t say we’ve been shifty, but ...”. Shifty is far from the word you would have chosen, but that's now the word that appears in the headline. Better not to repeat the offending term, use …CONTINUE READING

What is Media Training, and how can it help?

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Testimonial

I have worked with Tom and Media Training Associates for several years with a variety of clients from different sectors, and they have always done a fantastic job, giving confidence in media and presentation skills to even the most reluctant of candidates! What I particularly like is that they really tailor the session for the individuals concerned. Thoroughly recommended.

~ Anita Turland, Head of PR, Kleinwort Benson

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Fantastic morning giving insights and practical experience in dealing with print, radio and TV journalists… great delivery, real experience, valuable insights, highly recommended.

~ Craig Vallis, MD, Sanda Technologies

Quick Media Tip

Don’t be afraid to move the interview topic forward if a reporter seems to get bogged down on one issue.

Quick Media Tip

Journalists always want a good quote so think carefully about how to make your point in a punchy, pithy way.

Testimonial

Tom is a first class presentation coach. Professional. Quick-witted. Humorous. And most importantly, experienced.

~ Rufus Olins, CEO, Newsworks

From the Blog

Sir Philip Green – the gift that keeps on giving (for some)

For journalists and anti-capitalists, (though not of course for BHS pensioners), Sir Philip Green is the gift that keeps on giving. His reaction yesterday to the appearance of a Sky News crew when he arrived on the Greek island of Ithaca, a stopping off point on his Mediterranean holiday cruise, was classic. It wasn’t as… Read more »

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Press Coverage

As with any speech or presentation, even if you only have to speak for between two and three minutes, you have to structure your material effectively so it will flow—and you have to rehearse.
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