Chris is a highly experienced conference facilitator, who scores consistently high marks in delegate feedback. Of particular value to conference organisers is his ability to handle a live audience asking tough questions of panelists.
He also brings his extensive business experience to bear in these circumstances; his own comments and questions add depth and context to the event.
As a broadcast professional, Chris always has one eye on the clock, which ensures that the conference runs to time.
This is my new Media Training Course, recently introduced for the Gordon Institute of Business Studies (GIBS), one of South Africa’s leading business schools.
It’s a four- to five-hour session, depending on the number of delegates, and has two parts:
Part 1 – Preparation
- Why we need media training
- Reporters and the media
- Rules of the Snake Pit and Avoiding Snakebites
- Social media
Delegates will also discover:
- How to craft a message
- How to make that message targeted – audible – clean – ordered – concise
- How to support your message with stories, statistics and sound bites
The first part of the course will end with a session covering Interview Techniques and Pitfalls, including Transitioning, Personal Opinion, Speculation and Ambush. The session will be supported with video and illustrated examples of How Not To Do It – and of course, How To Do It Right.
Part 2 – Into the Studio
The second half of the course will give delegates the chance to put what they have just learnt into practice in front of a TV camera. They will also be briefed on studio technique, clothing, make-up, and how to handle fear.
This can be done either at GIBS’ state-of-the-art TV studio, or Chris Gibbons Media Train can bring a full TV interview rig, including cameraman and lights, to your offices.
We work as a team, with interviews conducted by myself but the whole group watching and contributing to feedback. This makes for a relaxing, low stress environment, which is more conducive to learning.
Chris edits Acumen, the recently established magazine of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria. It’s a 96-page publication about business and strategy that has already gained considerable traction in the market place. As well as the distinguished members of GIBS’ faculty, led by its dean, Professor Nick Binedell, Acumen has featured writers like John Carlin (Invictus), Richard Dowden (Royal African Society), Mzukisi Qobo (Univ. of Pretoria), Victor Dlamini, and Gus Silber. Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Greg Marinovich (The Bang Bang Club) has published two photo essays in the magazine.
With an interest in radio that goes back more than 40 years to when he was 16, Chris also maintains an on-air presence via the Morning Market Report on AlgoaFM (weekdays, 07.15).
Previously, he presented The Mid Day Report for Gauteng’s Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk in the Western Cape.
Chris has also worked for the BBC, ABC, NBC and Australia’s Maquarie Network.
- 2013: Toastmasters Southern Africa Communication & Leadership Award
- 2012: Best Commercial News and Actuality Show – MTN Radio Awards
- 2011: Best News & Actuality Presenter – MTN Radio Awards
- 2010: Best News Show of the Year – MTN Radio Awards