Deborah was trained by BBC News as a journalist and broadcaster. Presenter/reporter: Newsroom SouthEast, Business Breakfast, Breakfast News; national news summaries (BBC-1). News anchor on BBC World. (12 years total) Various plays including drama series State of Play (BBC1) Series of advertisements for Vodafone on Channel 4 (2004/5). Co-presenter of infotainment 13 part prime-time series Help (Anglia TV).
BUSINESS TELEVISION AND CONFERENCES
Clients include (most recently): BT, Royal Mail, the RAC, Parcelforce Worldwide, Unipart, and the Law Society. Roadshows for Abbey National Offshore, BT, the Royal and SunAlliance and the Strategic Rail Authority. Deborah has hosted about 45 conferences for Lloyd’s and the London Insurance Market.
Corporate quarterlies and monthlies: ‘Vision’ and ‘GSTV’ - quarterly programmes for BT; ‘Grapevine’ a monthly programme for Unipart.
Studio anchor for The Einstein Network, dedicated to specific professional groups e.g. The Law Channel. Recorded every month at Channel 4, containing news, interviews and analysis. 6 Individual channels are available to lawyers, surveyors, civil engineers, accountants, town planners and architects on monthly subscription.
Chair of launches of the NHS Plan and the New Deal, writing scripts and devising questions. Chair of several conferences with the Home Secretary on immigration. Co-presenter with Prime Minister Tony Blair of New Deal Awards Ceremony.
Videos: DEFRA on foot and mouth disease, the DfEE on ICT in schools; global polio eradication with International Development Secretary.
“Deborah’s engaging and enthusiastic performance ensured she was the only trainer in a 3 week seminar to score the highest mark from each of our 45 delegates”.
Advanced Vaccinology Conference,
World Health Organisation, 2003, 2004 & 2005
Retained media consultant and trainer:
Public health doctors in Germany (FETPs) and the Caribbean (CAREC); the world-wide Advanced Vaccinology Conference in Geneva sponsored by WHO & the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET).
The Health Protection Agency executive team.
Other clients include:
Olympic committee in Greece 2004 – advisor for scientists and doctors re biological or chemical terrorist attacks; GlaxoSmithKline re patent expiry;
Johnson & Johnson re research on contact lenses; Sainsbury’s; BAA;
Cambridge University; BT; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
PRESENTATION SKILLS TRAINING
Audiences are inspired by people, not PowerPoint. They can only believe and trust in you, not your slides. So Deborah will raise your performance to enable you to engage your audience, take them with you and remember what you’ve said. She uses journalistic techniques and elements of psychology and theatre to give you a sound skill set for preparing memorable speeches.
• a journalistic approach to structuring messages
• preparation tools including mind maps
• body language, voice and professional image workshop
• handling Q& A using media training techniques
• enhancing performance skills through individual coaching
• focusing the mind and controlling nerves
• appearing relaxed and confident
“energy, flair, depth of knowledge – we were carried away by the trainer’s enthusiasm” “I can’t believe how much I’ve achieved” “inspirational”
Recent clients: Crystal Business; Media First; Insurance Market Conferences; various Lloyd’s brokers & underwriters, Home Office; Business Link; Clifford Chance; the One Account; Foreign & Commonwealth Office; BT; Greenwich University.
Deborah has donated presentation skills and image training to sixth formers at Lady Margaret School in Fulham; The Children’s Trust; Queen Elizabeth Foundation; professionals who have been granted political asylum in the UK, under the Timebank mentoring scheme; and to disadvantaged young people who want to get into media via LBK&C’s Media Prospects programme.