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Media / Communications Training for STEM Experts


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This course does not include a live practice session with one of our coaches. This can be purchased separately at a later date. It is also included in Media / Communications Training: Self-Directed With Live Practice (MRT-LDLP and MRT-LDLP-SCI)

Self-Directed with Self-Practice

Be clear, authentic and trusted without resorting to evasiveness and spin. This will change the way you communicate in the media and in front of every audience you need to reach.

Our sessions focus on what actually matters to the success of your exchange. We don’t subscribe to the “performance coaching” model. Rather, we help you be comfortable and effective without feeling like you must be something you’re not or “put on a show”.

What's included?

  • 9 self-directed modules
    w/exercises and 11 short videos
  • Guidance on how to conduct and evaluate practice sessions on your own or with a colleague
  • 1 reference manual
  • Video: Reporting science 
  • A communications guide for STEM experts

Content includes:

  • the need to use plain language, especially with complex or technical subjects;
  • the elements of a message, and how to prepare and deliver them effectively without sacrificing authenticity and accuracy;remaining calm, relaxed and credible;
  • what news is and what reporters are looking for;
  • how reporters work;
  • the role of the spokesperson (incl. “the rules of the road”);
  • non-verbal communication and its relative importance during an interview;
  • adapting to the different needs of the media and various audiences;
  • dealing with critical, complex or sensitive issues;
  • preparing for an interview and anticipating the questions;
  • dealing with muddled, difficult or persistent questions, and questions that can’t be answered; and,
  • handling aggressive interviewers.