Tip of the Month

3 lights shining on a subject to illustrate concept of 3 point lighting.

Lighting Tips

Lighting is key to any media or video shoot. Our guest contributor Naomi Chen shares a few of her pro tips! Natural lighting A lot of the times, content creators try to “dim” or “soften” their studio lights. Natural sunlight already helps provide a more organic look in your videos. However, because the weather is constantly changing, your shoots become dependent on the sun. You also may not be able to create certain effects for your videos. You want to…

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Dietitian Sue Mah standing with her hands open and talking to TV host

What to do with your hands during a TV interview

Wondering what to do with your hands during a TV interview? Here are 5 things to consider. 1️⃣ Open or Closed?Both. Keep your hands open as much as possible while you’re speaking. This helps to build trust with your audience and shows that you have nothing to hide. When you’re listening and not speaking, relax and rest your hands in a natural position on the table, podium or in your lap. 2️⃣ Up or Down?Up. Gesture your hands slightly upwards.…

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Sue Mah wearing a blue dress and looking into the camera

Pick 3 Key Messages

When you’re passionate and knowledgeable about a topic, you’ll probably have lots to say! But for media interviews, follow the rule of 3. Why 3? Well there are 3 reasons, of course! 1️⃣ We tend to remember words, visuals and references in patterns of 3. Just think of these classic examples: Eat, Pray, Love Friends, Romans, Countrymen Ready, Set, Go! 3 Little Pigs 3 Blind Mice Goldilocks and the 3 Bears 3 Musketeers 3 Amigos 3 witches in Shakespeare’s MacBeth…

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Kerry Miller

Do You Remember Your First TV Interview?

I first met Kerry Miller when she was a grad student participating in my media training workshop. Fast forward, and now she’s appeared in her first on-camera interview with Global News. Way to go Kerry! Here’s my online interview with Kerry and a link to her TV interview. 1 – Congratulations on your first TV broadcast interview! Tell us how you secured this interview – did you pitch the story idea to the producer / journalist or did they find…

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Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is standing outside and giving a TV interview

Have you ever given a media interview in the dark?

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois sure has! But it wasn’t exactly what he had planned to do! Read his unforgettable story below. Spoiler alert: Gum is involved! MTBC: You’re known as “The Food Professor” and you’re the Senior Director at the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax. What brought you to Montreal? SC: Our family cottage is in the Laurentians. On December 18, CTV’s Your Morning [in Toronto] booked me for an interview for January 2 at 7:15 am. I…

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Media Interview Fumbles & Fixes #3

No matter how much we prepare and practice, things don’t go exactly as planned when it comes to media interviews! As life-long learners and media trainers, we’re always looking for ways to improve, learn and share our secrets of success with you! In the next few newsletters, we’ll share some our TV interview fumbles – and how to fix them! Media Interview Fumble #3: Picking a sensitive recipe Gina’s story: I usually pre-tape 3-4 television segments at a time– all…

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Media Interview Fumbles & Fixes #2

No matter how much we prepare and practice, things don’t go exactly as planned when it comes to media interviews! As life-long learners and media trainers, we’re always looking for ways to improve, learn and share our secrets of success with you! In the next few newsletters, we’ll share some our TV interview fumbles – and how to fix them! Media Interview Fumble #2: Relying on the producer to supply your food props Sue’s story: The night producer for CBC Morning…

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Media Interview Fumbles & Fixes #1

No matter how much we prepare and practice, things don’t go exactly as planned when it comes to media interviews! As life-long learners and media trainers, we’re always looking for ways to improve, learn and share our secrets of success with you! In the next few newsletters, we’ll share some our TV interview fumbles – and how to fix them! Media Interview Fumble #1: Forgetting to ask about parking and construction Gina’s story: While driving into downtown Winnipeg for an in-studio…

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Time to Shine in the Media!

January is the perfect time for YOU to shine in the media! With the cold dark days of winter, media outlets are looking for experts to motivate their viewers with tips and ideas to help them achieve and stick to their New Year’s resolutions. Start pitching your media interview ideas NOW to your local media outlets. It takes time to think of story ideas, so we’ve given you a jump start on some winning interview topic ideas. Here’s hoping you’ll soon…

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How to handle tough questions in a media interview….lessons from watching a politician!

One of the most common questions we receive during our media training workshops is how to deal with tough questions. Aside from mock interview training and practice, we recommend watching or listening to an interview with a politician. Politicians are uber media trained to address the most challenging questions. Here’s a quick case study from a recent interview with The Honourable Carla Qualtrough. The interview topic: Early in June 2016, The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, federal Minister of Sport and Persons…

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