Presentation: Media and Communications in Emergencies

I recently gave a presentation on media and communications in emergencies at Fordham University’s course on humanitarian assistance (International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance, IDHA). I’ve turned that presentation into a PDF and I hope you find it helpful! Click the link below to view in here, or check it out on Slideshare.

The presentation addresses a number of questions, including who and what is “the media,” why do we engage with the media in emergency response operations, and best practices for engaging with the media and giving interviews. There’s also a group scenario exercise built into the presentation.

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Getting your message across to an audience

I do a lot of media and advocacy trainings, helping people to improve how they speak and get their messages across. I’ve met some amazing and talented professionals in my time, but I have to say precious few of them are good at speaking compellingly on complex issues, whether to the media, in front of a panel or committee, or even to just one other person.

I am not going to attempt here to give every last point about how to be a better public speaker (although you can hire me to do that). But I heard an interview today on the radio that made me grin with joy at the terrific speaker. It perfectly illustrated a few basic practices that can make anybody an effective communicator. Continue reading