Praise from ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer
“George Merlis knows everything about blasting through the background sound and making your point. He is not just a great coach for acing a media interview. His rules work for all of life.”
Our comprehensive, customized and effective training techniques were developed by founder-president George Merlis and are informed by his career in senior positions at network broadcast and major market print media outlets. Formerly the day city editor of the nation’s largest afternoon newspaper and executive producer of Good Morning America, the CBS Morning News and Entertainment Tonight, Merlis conducts all our workshops. For more on media training, click here.
An effective presentation is a blend of agenda, materials and techniques; in other words, a performance. Like a good television show, a compelling presentation performance, uses production values to deliver content. We approach presentations with this unique, producer’s point of view and teach agenda creation, graphic support, delivery techniques and mastery of the all-important Q & A session. For more on presentation training, click here.
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Media Mastery Lessons from The Best of Enemies
By George Merlis Conservative icon William F. Buckley, Jr., founder/editor of the National Review, and liberal iconoclast Gore Vidal, author, essayist, playwright and activist, had a long-running bitter, feud. “The Best of Enemies” an excellent documentary from Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville compellingly tells the story of that feud. The film opens in New York [...] [...]
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Two Grabbers for Every Agenda Point
By George Merlis A number of clients have asked me if I would write a blog on the Brian Williams Choppergate scandal. Well, I have. It was for another outlet, Zocalo Public Square and it was posted before his six month unpaid suspension was announced. If you’re interested, there’s a second link to that column [...] [...]
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The Worst Case Scenario
By George Merlis What is the worst case scenario in a media interview? Well, it’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the worst case scenario being asked to speculate on… the worst case scenario. Here’s a teachable moment about that; it’s based on a recent interview about the Ebola epidemic. As I’ve stipulated in [...] [...]
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