Dec 022012
 

If you need a compere for an event or conference you want to be sure that the person you chose can calmly handle whatever might happen, and put a good face on it. That’s where Bob Hughes’ experience and preparation count.

It’s also an example of practising what we preach in our presentation courses.

From standing in front of tens of thousands of people at Symphony in the Park, to reading poetry with the Kings College Choir in the Opera House, to MC’ing glittering awards nights, he has the experience to make your event run smoothly.

It’s not just what happens on stage that’s important – it’s making everyone involved in the presentation feel very comfortable and ready to give their best.

It’s also about understanding your concerns and needs as an organiser, and working to help you if circumstances suddenly change.

“Conferences and major events remind me of a duck on water,” Bob says, “on the surface things can look smooth, even though underneath the water you’re paddling furiously”.

The key, he says, is attention to detail, and taking the time, ahead of time to get things right.

And it works. This is what one organiser wrote:

Just wanted to thank you for your contribution. I had a lot of comments from attendees regarding how seamlessly the program flowed and how professionally it was delivered. The heads of audit had a meeting after SOPAC and they specifically recognised what a wonderful job you had performed in providing the narrative throughout and increasing the professional perception of the conference. Two years ago when I actively became involved in SOPAC the three things I wished to achieve were to increase the profile of the key notes, provide a strong narrative thread throughout the conference and improve the professional delivery of the content. You have been instrumental in achieving two of those three.

Thank you for your hard work over the three days.

Kath

Kathryn McLay
General Manager
Woolworths Limited

Dec 022012
 

You’ll discover, as you investigate our site, that we specialize in being communication experts in the broadest sense. We’re very proud of what we do, and regard our credibility very highly.
We suggest you look at what’s new to get a sense of the range of what we have done recently.
If you’d like to see what other clients have said about us, look here.
If you’re a business client, you could find some useful material
here.

Dec 022012
 

Our one-to-one Communications Leadership sessions were originally designed for CEOs and spokespeople who needed to refine their skills. Recently we’ve noticed a demand from people about to move up into new and challenging jobs.
They typically want communication strategies and skills that match their abilities and ambitions and meet the demands of their job they’re about to start. For more information, whether you’re a rising star or already a CEO, lookhere.

Dec 022012
 

A Newspoll survey has found 23 per cent of Australians fear public speaking more than death, compared with 27 per cent of respondents who ranked death as their number one fear, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
We’ve worked with a lot of people who are naturally shy, and yet learn to rise to the challenge of public speaking, and actually enjoy it.
For some people who are introverts on the Myers Briggs typology, speaking up can sound like shouting. Others wonder what gives them the right to tell others what they should be doing.
One manager came to us for help in addressing her staff at the Christmas party. She went on to address a major board within months and winning a significant contract for her firm.
We use confidence building techniques taken from sports psychology, and NLP, and work within the value system of the individual. We usually achieve lasting change in one or two sessions.
Whether you’re enquiring for yourself or someone else in your organisation who needs to develop confidence in public contact us.

Dec 022012
 

If you need a compere for an event or conference you want to be sure that the person you chose can calmly handle whatever might happen, and put a good face on it. That’s where Bob Hughes’ experience and preparation count.

It’s also an example of practising what we preach in our presentation courses.

From standing in front of tens of thousands of people at Symphony in the Park, to reading poetry with the Kings College Choir in the Opera House, to MC’ing glittering awards nights, he has the experience to make your event run smoothly.

Dec 022012
 

Preparing for appearances in the media, whether as a company representative, an industry leader, or for a community or activist group can be a gruelling experience. But by knowing the way media works, what you can expect, and how best to get your message across, you can be an effective spokeperson, without stress.

In our new one day spokesperson course you’ll learn the way to get your point across in a TV¬†interview, on radio and in print. And you’ll get some great tips for how to make the most of social media like Facebook and Twitter.

Dec 022012
 

For us to train you in media skills, it helps that we keep our own performance skills up. That’s why Bob Hughes was happy to be a regular media commentator on Sky News Front Page segment. He was asked to comment on the big stories of the day, and to give a behind the news perspective.

You could catch him regularly with Leigh Hatcher and Sharon McKenzie. If you’ve been considering media training this gave you a chance to see a trainer in action in the media, as well as checking out his opinions on the issues of the day, and how he’d handle them as a media strategist. The days he was on Bob says he was up at 5 or before, scanning the newspapers, and starting to write.

“There’s no point me telling people they need to prep and rehearse if I don’t do the same. And it’s been a great thrill and privilege to do live TV, so naturally I’d give it my best effort,” he says.

Dec 022012
 

Why aren’t you getting the response you want?

You can have all the facts, know what you want to say, and believe it’s important, yet still not get the reaction you need from the people you’re communicating with.

There are Structures to Communication.

If you’re not getting the reaction you’ve hoped for, then you have to think about the way you’re communicating.

All of us are affected by certain communication styles. Most people don’t even recognise those structures, but we understand them, and can explain them to you.

Our years of presenting and training have given us techniques to help almost every client. We work with media professionals and students as well as corporate clients, so we’re constantly updating our knowledge.

We promise noticeable positive change in your presentation from just one session.

We are Communication Specialists.

Our aim is to help you look, and sound good. We offer media training, presentation training, media relations and issues management services.

Whether you have to face the media, front a meeting, or communicate with the stakeholders in your enterprise, we can help you tell your story. As communication specialists, who understand different audiences, we can help you tailor your message.

We can’t make unethical or dishonest behaviour palatable. And we won’t try. We work within the codes of conduct of the MEAA and the PRIA, in Australia.

We’re happy to discuss your particular communications challenge. Feel free to contact us by clicking on this email link.

Dec 022012
 

We have provided training for groups of all sizes in both media and personal presentation. We can provide a range of agendas and budgets depending on your needs.
We can run training from a basic ‘media appreciation’ half day class through to demanding organisational crisis management exercises.
We have frequently worked with people who are shy of speaking in public, or who may be excellent at detailed work, but who may have trouble with communicating that.
We can provide our own video and audio equipment, and our training comes with an extensive manual. We tailor our exercises to your specific needs.
We provide a combination of journalistic and presentation expertise with high level training skills. And we offer to renegotiate our fee if you’re not satisfied.
If you’ve looked around at the possible trainers, you may like to talk to us to see if we feel right to fit your needs.
You can take the first step by contacting us through this email link.
To consider the principles we operate from go here.

Nov 022012
 

The Sydney Morning Herald’s My Career section recently featured Bob Hughes’ advice on how professional women can make the most of their voices. You can see the article here.
To get some professional tips on how the broadcast professionals communicate, check out the demo version of the popular voice class that Bob Hughes gives many times each year.
If you want to pick up some great tips on making the most of your voice, maybe even for a podcast, check it out.
To get the link Contact Us.