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Media Training Podcast

Media Training Podcast. The essential guide for businesses, organisations and leaders looking to raise their profile and share their expertise on-air.

This show will demystify media appearances and build your confidence while sharing tips and advice the experts use when appearing on TV, radio, podcasts and print. 

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Media Training Podcast by Steve Blears

Director - Bit Famous Ltd
Steve is a former BBC national news journalist, TV Producer & Media Trainer

He's a former national news reporter for BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat and Radio 5 Live. He served as Radio 1's New York Correspondent and North of England Reporter. More recently he's worked as a TV producer and director in current affairs and factual TV. He's made award winning television for BBC, Sky, Channel 4, 5 and Yesterday, including BBC The One Show, Watchdog, Helicopter Heroes, and An Hour to Save Your Life. He series-produced Yesterday channel's smash hit show Bangers and Cash.

Penny Haslam

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Media Training Podcast

Give your leader feedback after a media interview

Give your leader feedback after a media interview. Effectively provide feedback to senior leaders after interviews on TV, radio and podcasts. Navigating the challenges of giving feedback after a media interview Ok, if you are a PR or Comms professional I know this is a headache. Giving constructive or mildly critical feedback to your CEO or someone more senior is a common pain point. It may be you don’t have the skills or confidence to tackle these issues head-on. Often you’ll have leaders who are quite set in their ways when it comes to media appearances. Maybe they take your…
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Media Training Podcast

Why avoid corporate speak and office jargon in media interviews?

Why avoid corporate speak and office jargon in media interviews? Corporate speak won’t make you sound clever on air it’ll alienate the audience, be a switch off and be a waste of a journalist’s time. Remember, in your organisation, chances are that you spend most of your time with a specific type of person. For example, when I worked for the BBC, many of my colleagues were white, middle class and university-educated. But when you are on-air you’re not speaking to your peers, you’re speaking to a mass audience made up of a diverse group of people from all sorts…
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Media Training Podcast

Media interview preparation checklist

Media interview preparation checklist. Let’s create a media interview preparation checklist. Sharpen your pencil. This is for you if you’ve been invited on TV, Radio or a podcast. It’ll help you get your ducks in a row before you appear on air. 1. Research the media outlet and journalist. Before you go into that interview, it’s crucial to do a bit of digging. Who’s this journalist and what’s their outlet all about? So, if they’re from the BBC, are they from a specific show? Are they a national or regional reporter? Understanding this really shapes how you’ll prepare. A lot…
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Media Training Podcast

How to create a founders’ origin story

How to create a founders’ origin story. step-by-step detail how you can create your own founders’ narrative using a basic rags-to-riches story structure. Founders’ stories are uber popular, CEO interviews take up a huge amount of podcast real estate. You’ll hear them on podcasts like How I Built This with Guy Raz and radio shows including Desert Island Disks. But if you’re a founder or the founder’s marketing & PR department why should you consider preparing and telling your story? Well a compelling, one-hour-long podcast interview about how you made it, will be an enduring record. It’s a narrative from…
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Media Training Podcast

How to answer hostile or negative questions from a journalist

In this episode, practical techniques and strategies for effectively managing difficult interviews. Also, how to handle combative interviewing styles, identify and respond to loaded questions, and maintain your composure under pressure. Whatever you taste in TV news these sort of hard-hitting interviews are seen as ratings grabbers by the broadcasters. They’ll find an issue people like to argue about, be it immigration, transgender equality, or emissions charges for city centres, and we’re off to the races. You’ll witness hostile or negative questioning on talk-based radio and TV shows and magazine news programmes. Unusually for a former journalist, I find this…
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Media Training Podcast

How to be authentic in a media interview

In this episodes simple techniques to build trust and sound genuine while appearing on TV, Radio or podcasts. The number one bit of advice you usually hear about being authentic in the media is: “Just be yourself.” But what if yourself isn’t great? The challenge of authenticity in media interviews “Just being yourself” is an issue for many of us because let’s face it, we’ve all got aspects of ourselves we’d really rather not broadcast. Also, when you are live on air, or being interviewed on TV, Radio or even a podcast. It’s nerve-wracking. Your palms are sweaty. Adrenaline is…
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Media Training Podcast

Crisis Management: How to write a holding statement

Crisis Management: How to write a holding statement. In this episode about crisis comms communication, how to craft an effective holding statement for the media. The episode includes a practical scenario to test your skills. What are crisis comms holding statements? They’re a brief initial response from your organisation. A first statement that needs to be issued quickly when things go sideways for your organisation. This might be some sort of accident, financial issues, or other wrongdoing, basically, a PR crisis. The importance of crisis comms holding statements Now before we get into this, Crisis Comms is a big topic;…
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Media Training Podcast

How to create a successful media soundbite

How to create a successful media soundbite. We’re talking about soundbites. What are they? Well, you hear them in news headlines on TV, in radio news bulletins, and in news reports. They’re short, punchy snippets of speech that really grab your attention and capture the essence of an idea or story in a memorable way. Soundbites are brief, and they’re often funny. Now, politicians and public figures try to use them to get a key message understood. The skill really in soundbites is that they often encapsulate complex ideas in a simple yet appealing manner. So, in short, soundbites are…
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Media Training Podcast

Free press release template (Word)

Free press release template download (Word). In this guide, we will work through writing press releases. Listen to the podcast audio guide and download the FREE press release template. Maybe you’re new to the idea of sending a press release, or your business doesn’t have a PR firm or PR department, but you’ve got great news to share. You’re in exactly the right place. Download the press release template To get started, Download the FREE press release template which I’ll discuss in this episode. What is a press release? Before we start writing our press release, let’s talk about what…
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Media Training Podcast

How do you handle a media question you don’t want to answer?

How do you handle a media question you don’t want to answer? Today we’re going to discuss how to answer difficult questions from the media. This is probably the number one question that is Googled by people who’ve just put the phone down after speaking to a journalist and agreeing to appear on-air. “Oh no. I’m gonna be on TV. Quick, how do I avoid saying the wrong thing?” Why do you want to avoid a media question? Before we get into how to waste everyone’s time by just avoiding answering questions on air let’s look at your motivation for…
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Media Training Podcast

How to use #JournoRequest to get media attention for my business 

How to use #JournoRequest to get media attention for my business. Today we’re gonna talk about how to contact journalists specifically when you’re replying to a reporter who’s put a shout-out for help online. What are #JournoRequest and #PrRequest? Now, if you aren’t familiar with online journalist requests, jump on X, formally Twitter and search for a couple of hashtags #JournoRequest and #PrRequest. Just to warn you there is all sorts of stuff on here. There are journalists from around the world from all different media, from online to TV to radio to print, asking all sorts of unusual and…
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Media Training Podcast

How do I prepare for a TV interview online using Zoom, Teams or Skype?

How do I prepare for a TV interview online using Zoom, Teams or Skype? You’ll have noticed that increasingly on news shows, live interviews are done online from people’s home offices. So, let’s get into how we might do these quite well. Prepare for a TV interview online – Set up the shot First things first, set up your laptop and the space around you. The space that’s going to be in the shot basically. Clear your junk Too often, people look terrible in these interviews. You’ll have seen them. The camera angle is low. It looks like it’s filming…
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Media Training Podcast

How to appear on a business podcast

How to appear on a business podcast. Today we’re talking about appearing on a business podcast. But why should you or your people consider doing this? Well, where do I start? The last time I checked, there were 2.5 million podcasts globally. And there are lots of established shows covering just about every business niche and interest. Why appear on a business podcast? But you might say, why a podcast? Well, for most of us, the idea is less onerous than appearing on live TV or radio. You can share your expertise, get known, liked and trusted, tick. That’s what…
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Media Training Podcast

How to handle a difficult media interview

How to handle a difficult media interview. Today we’re talking about handling difficult media interviews and straight off the bat, I’m not going to “drivel on” with generic advice. I’m not going to tell you to rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. I’m not going to tell you to practise your key messages. I’m not going to tell you to practise a mock interview. People are terrified of difficult media interviews and they needn’t be Yes, you can do all of those things, but let’s address the elephant in the room, people, that’s you, are terrified of media interviews and they needn’t be.…
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Media Training Podcast

How does the news work?

How does the news work? The news media is an industry, its product is news stories, current affairs journalism and factual articles. Its raw materials are news events, tip-offs, press releases and information supplied by public bodies, organisations, businesses, established contacts and the public. It’s the journalists’ job to identify news stories among this flow of facts, events and information. Their skills lie in deciding what is newsworthy and then telling those stories in the most compelling way. The expectation is they should check their stories are factually accurate, legally sound, and balanced (tell both sides) before being published.…
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Media Training Podcast

How to prepare for your first TV interview

How to prepare for your first TV interview. Don’t panic. A TV news appearance is an amazing opportunity to share your insight, knowledge and expertise. Determine the Schedule: Find out when the interview will take place to gauge your preparation time. Research the Show: Identify which show or news outlet has invited you. Watch a few episodes to understand its interview duration, question style, tone, and format.…
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Media Training Podcast

Why do reporters shout questions?

Why do reporters shout questions? In April 2002, I was a reporter for BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat in the UK. On assignment at Manchester airport, I shouted a question at Manchester United’s star goal scorer, David Beckham. I shouted, “David, does it hurt?”…

Media Training Podcast - Latest episodes

Featured image for “Give your leader feedback after a media interview”
Media Training Podcast

Give your leader feedback after a media interview

Give your leader feedback after a media interview. Effectively provide feedback to senior leaders after interviews on TV, radio and podcasts. Navigating the challenges of giving feedback after a media interview Ok, if you are a PR or Comms professional I know this is a headache. Giving constructive or mildly critical feedback to your CEO or someone more senior is a common pain point. It may be you don’t have the skills or confidence to tackle these issues head-on. Often you’ll have leaders who are quite set in their ways when it comes to media appearances. Maybe they take your…
Featured image for “Why avoid corporate speak and office jargon in media interviews?”
Media Training Podcast

Why avoid corporate speak and office jargon in media interviews?

Why avoid corporate speak and office jargon in media interviews? Corporate speak won’t make you sound clever on air it’ll alienate the audience, be a switch off and be a waste of a journalist’s time. Remember, in your organisation, chances are that you spend most of your time with a specific type of person. For example, when I worked for the BBC, many of my colleagues were white, middle class and university-educated. But when you are on-air you’re not speaking to your peers, you’re speaking to a mass audience made up of a diverse group of people from all sorts…
Featured image for “Media interview preparation checklist”
Media Training Podcast

Media interview preparation checklist

Media interview preparation checklist. Let’s create a media interview preparation checklist. Sharpen your pencil. This is for you if you’ve been invited on TV, Radio or a podcast. It’ll help you get your ducks in a row before you appear on air. 1. Research the media outlet and journalist. Before you go into that interview, it’s crucial to do a bit of digging. Who’s this journalist and what’s their outlet all about? So, if they’re from the BBC, are they from a specific show? Are they a national or regional reporter? Understanding this really shapes how you’ll prepare. A lot…
Featured image for “How to create a founders’ origin story”
Media Training Podcast

How to create a founders’ origin story

How to create a founders’ origin story. step-by-step detail how you can create your own founders’ narrative using a basic rags-to-riches story structure. Founders’ stories are uber popular, CEO interviews take up a huge amount of podcast real estate. You’ll hear them on podcasts like How I Built This with Guy Raz and radio shows including Desert Island Disks. But if you’re a founder or the founder’s marketing & PR department why should you consider preparing and telling your story? Well a compelling, one-hour-long podcast interview about how you made it, will be an enduring record. It’s a narrative from…
Featured image for “How to answer hostile or negative questions from a journalist”
Media Training Podcast

How to answer hostile or negative questions from a journalist

In this episode, practical techniques and strategies for effectively managing difficult interviews. Also, how to handle combative interviewing styles, identify and respond to loaded questions, and maintain your composure under pressure. Whatever you taste in TV news these sort of hard-hitting interviews are seen as ratings grabbers by the broadcasters. They’ll find an issue people like to argue about, be it immigration, transgender equality, or emissions charges for city centres, and we’re off to the races. You’ll witness hostile or negative questioning on talk-based radio and TV shows and magazine news programmes. Unusually for a former journalist, I find this…
Featured image for “How to be authentic in a media interview”
Media Training Podcast

How to be authentic in a media interview

In this episodes simple techniques to build trust and sound genuine while appearing on TV, Radio or podcasts. The number one bit of advice you usually hear about being authentic in the media is: “Just be yourself.” But what if yourself isn’t great? The challenge of authenticity in media interviews “Just being yourself” is an issue for many of us because let’s face it, we’ve all got aspects of ourselves we’d really rather not broadcast. Also, when you are live on air, or being interviewed on TV, Radio or even a podcast. It’s nerve-wracking. Your palms are sweaty. Adrenaline is…
Featured image for “Crisis Management: How to write a holding statement”
Media Training Podcast

Crisis Management: How to write a holding statement

Crisis Management: How to write a holding statement. In this episode about crisis comms communication, how to craft an effective holding statement for the media. The episode includes a practical scenario to test your skills. What are crisis comms holding statements? They’re a brief initial response from your organisation. A first statement that needs to be issued quickly when things go sideways for your organisation. This might be some sort of accident, financial issues, or other wrongdoing, basically, a PR crisis. The importance of crisis comms holding statements Now before we get into this, Crisis Comms is a big topic;…
Featured image for “How to create a successful media soundbite”
Media Training Podcast

How to create a successful media soundbite

How to create a successful media soundbite. We’re talking about soundbites. What are they? Well, you hear them in news headlines on TV, in radio news bulletins, and in news reports. They’re short, punchy snippets of speech that really grab your attention and capture the essence of an idea or story in a memorable way. Soundbites are brief, and they’re often funny. Now, politicians and public figures try to use them to get a key message understood. The skill really in soundbites is that they often encapsulate complex ideas in a simple yet appealing manner. So, in short, soundbites are…
Featured image for “Free press release template (Word)”
Media Training Podcast

Free press release template (Word)

Free press release template download (Word). In this guide, we will work through writing press releases. Listen to the podcast audio guide and download the FREE press release template. Maybe you’re new to the idea of sending a press release, or your business doesn’t have a PR firm or PR department, but you’ve got great news to share. You’re in exactly the right place. Download the press release template To get started, Download the FREE press release template which I’ll discuss in this episode. What is a press release? Before we start writing our press release, let’s talk about what…
Featured image for “How do you handle a media question you don’t want to answer?”
Media Training Podcast

How do you handle a media question you don’t want to answer?

How do you handle a media question you don’t want to answer? Today we’re going to discuss how to answer difficult questions from the media. This is probably the number one question that is Googled by people who’ve just put the phone down after speaking to a journalist and agreeing to appear on-air. “Oh no. I’m gonna be on TV. Quick, how do I avoid saying the wrong thing?” Why do you want to avoid a media question? Before we get into how to waste everyone’s time by just avoiding answering questions on air let’s look at your motivation for…
Featured image for “How to use #JournoRequest to get media attention for my business ”
Media Training Podcast

How to use #JournoRequest to get media attention for my business 

How to use #JournoRequest to get media attention for my business. Today we’re gonna talk about how to contact journalists specifically when you’re replying to a reporter who’s put a shout-out for help online. What are #JournoRequest and #PrRequest? Now, if you aren’t familiar with online journalist requests, jump on X, formally Twitter and search for a couple of hashtags #JournoRequest and #PrRequest. Just to warn you there is all sorts of stuff on here. There are journalists from around the world from all different media, from online to TV to radio to print, asking all sorts of unusual and…
Featured image for “How do I prepare for a TV interview online using Zoom, Teams or Skype?”
Media Training Podcast

How do I prepare for a TV interview online using Zoom, Teams or Skype?

How do I prepare for a TV interview online using Zoom, Teams or Skype? You’ll have noticed that increasingly on news shows, live interviews are done online from people’s home offices. So, let’s get into how we might do these quite well. Prepare for a TV interview online – Set up the shot First things first, set up your laptop and the space around you. The space that’s going to be in the shot basically. Clear your junk Too often, people look terrible in these interviews. You’ll have seen them. The camera angle is low. It looks like it’s filming…
Featured image for “How to appear on a business podcast”
Media Training Podcast

How to appear on a business podcast

How to appear on a business podcast. Today we’re talking about appearing on a business podcast. But why should you or your people consider doing this? Well, where do I start? The last time I checked, there were 2.5 million podcasts globally. And there are lots of established shows covering just about every business niche and interest. Why appear on a business podcast? But you might say, why a podcast? Well, for most of us, the idea is less onerous than appearing on live TV or radio. You can share your expertise, get known, liked and trusted, tick. That’s what…
Featured image for “How to handle a difficult media interview”
Media Training Podcast

How to handle a difficult media interview

How to handle a difficult media interview. Today we’re talking about handling difficult media interviews and straight off the bat, I’m not going to “drivel on” with generic advice. I’m not going to tell you to rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. I’m not going to tell you to practise your key messages. I’m not going to tell you to practise a mock interview. People are terrified of difficult media interviews and they needn’t be Yes, you can do all of those things, but let’s address the elephant in the room, people, that’s you, are terrified of media interviews and they needn’t be.…
Featured image for “How does the news work?”
Media Training Podcast

How does the news work?

How does the news work? The news media is an industry, its product is news stories, current affairs journalism and factual articles. Its raw materials are news events, tip-offs, press releases and information supplied by public bodies, organisations, businesses, established contacts and the public. It’s the journalists’ job to identify news stories among this flow of facts, events and information. Their skills lie in deciding what is newsworthy and then telling those stories in the most compelling way. The expectation is they should check their stories are factually accurate, legally sound, and balanced (tell both sides) before being published.…
Featured image for “How to prepare for your first TV interview”
Media Training Podcast

How to prepare for your first TV interview

How to prepare for your first TV interview. Don’t panic. A TV news appearance is an amazing opportunity to share your insight, knowledge and expertise. Determine the Schedule: Find out when the interview will take place to gauge your preparation time. Research the Show: Identify which show or news outlet has invited you. Watch a few episodes to understand its interview duration, question style, tone, and format.…
Featured image for “Why do reporters shout questions?”
Media Training Podcast

Why do reporters shout questions?

Why do reporters shout questions? In April 2002, I was a reporter for BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat in the UK. On assignment at Manchester airport, I shouted a question at Manchester United’s star goal scorer, David Beckham. I shouted, “David, does it hurt?”…