Spokespersons' Training for South England Conference Pastors
1st March 2018
Former BBC presenter and freelance trainer Jayne Constantinis, engaged with South England Conference pastors during a spokespersons' training session on Tuesday 20 February at the Stanborough Centre, Watford.
The training was designed to give confidence and control to pastors in an interviewing situation. This was done by equipping attendees with technical skills for understanding the media and one's attitude as they approach an interview situation. Adrian Peck – Norwich and Kings Lynn churches, commented, "I really enjoyed the day. It is interesting to pick up some diverse tips on how to react to different situations and challenges when being in front of the media."
One of the key emphasis that Jayne focused on, was the subject of preparation, which she said is often ignored by many speakers. She shared the importance of preparation by referring to a book by Michael McIntyre, who said for his first performance at the Royal Variety Performance, he spent seven years in preparation for a seven-minute performance. She also gave examples of speakers whose presentations lacked sufficient preparation and the obvious consequences. Sophia Peart – Willesden and Northolt churches, said, "The emphasis that was placed on preparation was key as it helps to overcome nerves," she continued, "I feel empowered to go back to my churches as a communicator to speak to an audience of any size that we are presented with."
The one-day session included giving the chance to attendees to take part in practical demonstrations of presenting on camera. The attendees left with a systematic framework for preparation, a set of practical tools and a more positive mindset for any challenging media interview that should arise. David James – Southend, commented, "I learned how to be an effective communicator, to know what I am talking about and how to speak about it with confidence."
[SEC Communication and Media Department]