There are lots of PR agencies that claim to understand how the media works. Our expertise helping clients manage their interactions with the media is second-to-none.
This is because many of our consultants have a background in journalism and as in-house PR practitioners in large corporates.
We conduct one-on-one training sessions to prepare executives for important interviews and announcements, or group half-day and full day sessions. We tailor our training sessions to cater for different levels of experience, from novices to media veterans.
Why we’re different
We believe bespoke media training delivers the best results. Before conducting a training session we conduct extensive research into your organisation and your issues, including reviewing your media coverage and messaging. This allows us to develop highly tailored practice interview questions. We can prepare executives for specific media formats, such as TV and radio, and for different types of media interactions, such as one-on-one interviews, media conference and major announcements with Q&A.
We know how to coach
Coaching executives to conduct a successful media interview is only part of the key to success. We believe it’s also important to be able to transfer our knowledge to our clients in a way that allows them to use their new skills immediately. That’s why we’ve created a fast-paced, fun, and highly effective workshop that has been delivered successfully around Australia.
What you will learn
Through extensive on-camera training, interactive exercises, robust discussion, and real-life examples, our trainees leave ready to take on the toughest interviewers.
In a typical coaching session you will learn how to:
- Understand the rules of working with the media
- Tailor interviews for print, radio and television
- Boost your credibility with the audience
- Develop messages that have impact
- Cite facts in a compelling manner
- Develop newsworthy media grabs
- Transition from off-topic questions to on-message responses
- Manage adversarial and hostile questioning
- Remain “on message” without compromising authenticity
- Spot and avoid reporters’ tricks
- Create the right “feedback loops” through effective body language
- Practice techniques for gesture, posture, voice, and eye contact
Case study: CEO preparation for Senate inquiry
The acting CEO of a large government agency was due to appear before a Senate inquiry into the management of the agency. GSG Counsel was engaged to prepare the CEO for what would be a gruelling 3- hour public hearing covering a range of sensitive and controversial issues.
To prepare for the coaching session we conducted extensive research on the government agency and the issues previously raised by the Senate committee. We also reviewed videos of the acting CEO’s previous appearances before the Senate inquiry. Based on this research we developed a detailed Q&A document and a Positioning document which we used to craft the CEO’s responses to a range of potential questions.
We conducted two one-on-one coaching sessions with the CEO that were recorded to provide instant feedback. We also workshopped responses on the CEO’s future strategy for the agency. The acting CEO performed strongly at the next Senate inquiry and was subsequently appointed to the role full-time in 2016.