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Communication Training for HEI staff and Professional Services

 

This introductory course draws on role play technique and other interactive activities to train HEI staff in how to handle difficult situations, assert their ideas, listen to their colleagues and work as a team. Taught by a professional communications coach and an academic, this one-day course gives confidence to younger staff members wishing to assert themselves within a department, enables more established staff settle into leadership roles and directly addresses the potential cultural and sometimes disruptive divide between research and professional services within universities.

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Broadcasting your Research

 

Are you looking to increase your media profile? Do you stumble and fumble when in front of a camera? Are you protective about your research wary of handing over all your hard work to some enquiring TV researcher? This one-day media training course is designed for academics of all disciplines who are interested in engaging with broadcast media at all levels.

The contrasting worlds of academia  (slow moving and nuanced)  and the media (fast-paced, generalised) do not often sit comfortably, this seek to bridge that gap, helping academics understand how they can make an impact while maintaining the integrity of their research. We are unique in that our trainers have experience of both worlds: our media training is led by an award winning ex-Sky News producer who is currently undertaking a PhD and an established academic who has contributed to documentaries on BBC News and Radio 4 and is a regular commentator on Sky News.  

Our one-day intensive interactive workshop begins with a breakdown of how participants can pitch work, connect research with news stories, how a TV/radio recording studio works, advice on clothes, voice, camera and microphone techniques as well as pay expectations and how to build long-lasting relationships. Each participant is then given two-takes at short TV interviews and all take part in a mock radio roundtable discussion programme. Participants will be talked through the necessary language necessary for TV and radio – short sentences, ‘intimate’ voice and how to use examples and narrative. All individuals receive a copy of their video interviews and feedback as well as a course pack “Media training for Academics”.

(This course is available in 2hr, 1/2 day and 1 day formats but is restricted to 12 participants)

 

Stop the Press! Journalism for Academics

 

This course is designed introduce academic staff to the world of journalism both print and on-line formats. Participants will be led through how to pitch a piece, build up contacts, approach journalists and generate news interest around their research. Participants will be familiarised with what to expect in terms of pay, editing and communication particularly in respect to giving interviews with journalists. As much emphasis will be put on on-line media platforms (such as The Conversation) and medium size publications (trade and local press), as well as traditional broadsheet national and international press.  Researchers will also receive guidance on how to adapt their academic style for publication. Students will be asked to prepare a 200-word imaginary article pitch for a publication of their choice, on which individual feedback will be given. Each participant will generate a media strategy for their research project. All participants receive a resources pack on completing the course.

(This course is available in 2hr, 1/2 day and 1 day formats but is restricted to 12 participants)

 

Presentation Skills for Researchers and HEI Staff

 

You may have the most fascinating research in the world but unless you can communicate its brilliance, you will always struggle to make an impact, be it in the interview room or the lecture hall. Public speaking is therefore a crucial skill for academics. Working with a skilled actor and an academic, this workshop will take participants through the process of writing and delivering a speech from a lecture, conference paper to a job presentation.  In the first session you will cover how to structure a speech, the use of appropriate language and imagery, audio-visual aids and how to master a Q&A. In the second session, we will focus on your performance. Drawing on acting techniques, participants will discover how to improve their diction, resonance, range and articulation as well as relaxation and breathing techniques to calm nerves. This workshop is designed for all disciplines and at any stage of a research career.

(This course is available in 2hr, 1/2 day and 1 day formats)

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We also offer one-2-one sessions in these skills. Please do get in contact if you are interested.