Broadcaster, Trainer & Event Host
I've been the Editor of successful BBC radio stations, designed and delivered training for broadcasters and present a wide range of radio formats. I also wrote "The Presenter's Coach" for the BBC. That's me, but this website is all about helping you with the media stuff in your life."
Media training ... preparing you to give great interviews on TV, radio and online
Presenter training ... helping you become an even better broadcaster
Radio presentation ... warm, informed, intelligent & personality fueled
Radio documentary & podcast production ... taking your message into the digital space
Radio Here & Now Events ... fun creative workshops for those living in residential care
Event hosting ... professional compering to ensure an event's success
Lecturing ... at colleges, schools & universities & presenting workshops in the Care Sector.
My Talking Photos ... creating great films from amazing memories.
Media Training equipping you to give confident performances in radio, TV and press interviews. I work with the private, public and voluntary sectors.
"The media training day you did with us was fantastic "- HC - Ipswich
"You have made me feel 100% more confident!" AB - London
"Wow, just wow, thank you Gerald." PS - Cambridge
With a background in presentation and training, I really enjoy working with people who like to sit behind microphones. I coach on an individual basis and train groups of people. I pop up running sessions across the UK and in the lovely Channel Islands.
I wrote the "Presenter's Coach" handbook for BBC. (I may have a spare copy if you'd like one!)
A BBC editor texted Gerald the day after a coaching session with his Breakfast presenter,
"I don't know what you said to ******, but this morning she's been the best I ever heard her"
Whether it's a conference, an away day or a charity fundraiser ... everything goes better when a professional hosts the event.
Recent events include a BBC TV outside broadcast, hosting and commentary for a major sporting fundraiser and a charity auction.
*NEW* Radio Here & Now
Radio Here & Now .. is an original, funny and highly interactive session for those living in residential care.
Radio Here & Now sees residents creating a "radio show" in which they become the presenters and producers. The resulting "programme" is available at the end of the session to share with friends and family around the world. (The recordings are NOT for broadcast.)
Recent Radio Here & Now events have been held at homes catering for the elderly and also at a home specialising in care for those with physical and learning difficulties. While the sessions differ, the smiles, laughter, engagement and enjoyment are very similar. See my Radio Here & Now page.
Here's a taster from a recent session. (Music by AShamaluev Music)
Unique gift for future generations
My Talking Photos creates special films of memorable moments in people's lives through their own words and photographs. Click here for more details or simply spend a few minutes watching a film we recently recorded.
I love trying out new tech. My reviews are impartial and unpaid.
Here's one of the more recent ones for a radio made by Majority.
Over two and half million people in the UK download podcasts each week. If you want advice on creating affordable audio or video for your website please get in touch.
A current project is The Jack Binns Story which tells the story of the Marconi Operator from Peterborough who sent the first distress signal from sea and saved over 1500 lives.
The University Tour
Slash the Odds events help students land jobs and work experience in the media. The 60 minute sessions are packed full of tips, practical advice, case studies, interaction and big dollops of fun. They are often followed by an informal open ended Q&A . If you would like me to visit your school, college or university to discuss careers in the media, please get in touch. The is an online version of the course available at the International Media College.
Slash the Odds has been described as inspirational and motivational, as well as highly practical and interactive. Recent sessions have been held at the University of Westminster, University of Portsmouth, University of Loughborough and Lambeth College ... and here's the students' feedback.
The Uni Way is Essex
The University of Essex has launched a new multimedia journalism degree course. I am a guest lecturer on radio presentation, production and news gathering. In the first term students have their first taste of practical radio. Here's what they took away from my session.
Gerald is DBS certified - details available on request.