I'm a veteran freelance reporter, moderator, and media consultant. I help companies and non-profits get their message across on video. My expertise in on-camera skills comes from years of reporting and producing for BBC News,
with postings in Washington, Berlin, Brussels, and New York. As a freelance reporter and anchor, I also covered business and technology for Reuters TV.
My new multimedia enhanced eBook, CAMERA READY: How to Present Your Best Self and Ideas on Air and Online, is the definitive manual for anyone appearing on camera.
CURRENT PROJECT: AUTHOR OF CAMERA READY
HOW TO PRESEAT YOUR BEST SELF AND IDEAS ON AIR OR ONLINE
THE DEFNITIVE MANUAL FOR ANYONE APPERAING ON CAMERA:
This multimedia enhanced ebook includes 20 video examples of on-camera tips and techniques plus interviews with video experts working in media, technology, and academia. It's available for Apple, Amazon, and Barnes 84 Noble
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1. CRANK YOURSELF UPTO ELEVEN
The camera has a way of sucking the life out of any appearance, so keep your energy level up!
2. KEEP IT CONSICE
Eloquent tangents are awesome in Woody Allen movies, but in the on-camera realm, they’re an audience killer.
3. BE PLEASANT.
Start practicing what I call “the benign smile”...it’s a smile somewhere between a pirate scowl and Cheshire cat. A pleasant expression makes viewers want to spend time with you.
4, BEDROOM EYES
Well, maybe not that sexy, but not knowing where to look has sabotaged countless on-air performances. You can’t make love to your audience without knowing where they are.
5. BE A GREAT EDITOR.
Nothing loses viewers faster than an indulgently edited video which turns your intended message into an anticlimactic bummer.
6. BE PREPARED.
Even if you’re an expert on a topic, improvisation often spells doom. Make sure you tell a story with a beginning, middle, and end.
7. ACCEPT THAT NOT EVERYONE IS A FAN
No matter how expert your on-camera skills are, the fact is that you’re not going to float everyone’s boat. Concentrate on the ones who love how you float your boat!
8. DOA'T BE A CLICHE.
Lazy broadcasters love to talk in lingo and cliches that mean nothing. Skip the “inside baseball” vocab and be a trailblazer by using normal English to make your point.
9. LOOK LIKE A MILLION BUCHS.
Even in the age of YouTube, bad hair, shiny foreheads, and wardrobe malfunctions are distracting. Look like you want to impress.
10. OFFER VALUE.
Just because you can turn on a video camera, doesn’t mean people are going to watch you. Make sure you have something interesting, educational or enlightening to say every single time.
Ny1 ANCHOR PAT KIERNAN SAYS,
Manoush has come up with the perfect format for these lessons. Just when you get to a spot where you want to see written theory applied to reality, a video pops up. Her style is conversational and contemporary, both on the page and
ON CAMERA AND MEDIA TRAINING
For years I’ve provided a wide variety of on-camera training services, including keynote presentations, group media training, video content workshops, live one-on-one sessions, and remote consultations. My clients have included
CEOs, non-profit organizations, researchers, government officials, and journalists
CLIENT CASE STUDY: HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
My training focus on 5 key areas:
Clearly explain how HRW discovers human rights abuses Craft key phrases with concise and lingo-free language Improve their voice, presence, and appearance Practice their on-air delivery in various scenarios Be prepared for any
When training is complete, the researchers are ready to successfully spread their message on local, national, and international news outlets.
THEV ARE RLSO EQUIPPED TO BEGIn CRERTING THEIR OWN CONTENT ONLINE, BRINGING THEIR REPORTS TO LIFE AND CONNECTING DIRECTLY WITH AUDIENCES.
Many people feel vulnerable when they appear on video. By creating a safe, even fun environment, I help my clients find their on-camera sweet spot without feeling judged. We then strategize as to where those new skills should be put
to work, from appearing on cable news shows to creating their own YouTube channel.
REPORTER, SEAIOR PRODUCER AT BBC NEWS
I worked with correspondents on daily news reports and features. Stories included the 1996 Presidential election, OJ Simpson trial, Clinton impeachment, and Swiss Air crash.
SENIOR PRODUCER BROADCAST JOURANALIST
I travelled internationally to cover and coordinate breaking news events. Stories included the Serbian Revolution, the intifada in Israel, and NATO peacekeeping in Macedonia.
SENIOR PRODUCER BROADCAST JOURNALIST
Coordinated the bureau’s daily news coverage and staff in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Reports on-air included Ground Zero clean-up and re-building efforts.
Freelance Host at WNYC and WQXR Radio
I'm piloting a new program about how innovation is changing New York’s economy.
Conference Host & Instructor at Mediabistro
Serve as Master of Ceremonies for premiere media industry events focusing on topics such as digital publishing, broadcasting, mobile technologies, and social media. I also teach a one day intensive workshop on on-camera skills and
how to incorporate video in a media strategy.
Freelance Reporter & Anchor at Reuters TV News
I covered U.S. stories on technology, finance, breaking news, and entertainment for Reuters New York News Bureau.
I hosted a special half-hour program on New York City.
I covered national news and served as substitute anchor for BBC3’s daily current event shows. In-depth reports included America’s war in Iraq, gay marriage, unemployment, and abortion issues.
I report on the latest movies and developments in the film industry.
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