AuthorKevin Harris

Ever fancied being TV presenter ? …Well now’s the time, and you can do it !

If you’ve ever sat and watched television and looked at the presenters and thought, “I could do that”…..well, the truth is, you can, and in some respects, it’s easier than ever before.
This is exactly what I thought over 20 years ago when circa 1995, I started to think that my skills as a trainee teacher could be put to use elsewhere, as they were not dissimilar to the confidence and public speaking ability needed to be a good television and video presenter.

TV presenter Kevin Harris

I am under no illusion that my background in teaching, coaching and ski instructing and the interchangeable skills that gave me, has helped me with every presenting job I’ve done over the last 17 or so years working as a freelance television, corporate and live event presenter.
That’s not going to be the case for everyone though, and here’s where the importance of getting some form of TV presenter training comes in.

With that in mind, here are my top tips for getting you on the right road today

1) Be Yourself.

You may have watched other successful presenters and seen how they do it, what they look and sound like and what works for them, but ‘they’ are not ‘you’. You have to be yourself, as this is what make you unique and this is what people will want to see. Producers and decision makers, like refreshing, vibrant and individual talent. They would rather see a great version of you than a poor imitation of someone else.

2) It’s all about DIY.

‘Do it Yourself’ refers to fixing things around the home, but it could also just as easily apply to making television and video content, now that almost everyone has affordable access to a video camera and editing software on their phone. You can now film yourself and make some highly professional edits with only the most basic equipment and understanding. Offer to become the face of your company for internal videos, commentate on your sons football match, or make videos about gardening, DIY or whatever interests you, that you can upload to YouTube, Vimeo or your own blog. What ever you want to do, you can start doing it and you don’t need to wait for anyone else.

3) Everyone is an expert on something.

We all have interests and experience in something and this is what you must focus on, in creating who you are. Make you own videos and write articles that link to you, on what interests you, whether it’s sport health and exercise, property, DIY, cooking or making model aeroplanes. Becoming an expert will put you in good standing as a guest or expert presenter on your specialist subject and it will definitely open doors.

4) Go digital !

Creating a persona or following online, is now essential if you want to be found as a presenter. Whenever we want to know or find something out, we turn to Google and the same is true of presenters. So help people find you by creating an online digital breadcrumb trail, based around your area of expertise that leads back to you. And if when people find you, there’s a great video of you talking about what they want to know about, then you’re already winning!

5) Practice, Practice, Practice.

Putting yourself in the same environment over and over again, will normalise a situation that could otherwise be nerve wracking, and this is especially true of TV presenting. The more time you spend in front of a camera talking the better. Get used to the sound of our own voice and learn what it feels like to be the only voice you can hear when all eyes are on you. Take opportunities to stand up and talk in front of a group and be proactive at feeling nervous but overcoming this through repetition.

Presenter training is a great way to get you started and will put you in these situations alongside other people with similar ideas and dreams to you, and this is a great environment to build your skills in and to motivate you…so what are you waiting for?
….The time is now !

Is TV Presenter Training Important?

Yes !

…Making a success of anything requires help and guidance to get started and TV presenting is no different.

TV presenter training is something that many people may think you don’t need and being a TV presenter is all about, “just being yourself” ? Well while it’s true that, “being yourself” is essential as everyone else is already taken, there is also no substitute for training and practicing in the right environment as often as you can. Through courses and workshops like those offered by Presenter Training Workshop you can gain valuable experience and get a showreel recorded to get you started.

Getting started…

You get one chance to make a first impression”

This is a quote that I have taken from a lecturer at my University, who told us this on the first day of my teaching degree many years ago, and it’s one piece of advice I’ve held on to ever since, and it’s something that any aspiring #TV #presenter should always remember. Whether you’re walking in to a screen test, a meeting about a possible job or stepping in front of a TV camera, people will instantly start forming an impression of you based on those first few seconds, and ideally you want it to be a good one!

TV Presenter Training Can Help.

Walking in to #television studio or #screentest for the first time can be a daunting experence, so you want to take away as much of that doubt and fear as possible. This can only be done through normalising the situation and arming yourself with the skills needed, so you can say in your head, “I got this!”
Professional footballers have spent many hours in the lower leagues and playing in the reserves before they get their first taste of Premiership football, and the same is often true of TV presenters and actors. It’s very rare that a famous and successful A-lister is a true, ‘overnight success’. More likely they will have been learning their craft and gaining experience for years on channels and in films that may have only reached a comparitively small audience.
The advantage of that, is when the phone call comes for the ‘big break’, they’re ready !

Getting TV jobs is all luck though right ?

“The harder I practice, the luckier I get!”There are many slight variations on this quote, as there are ideas on who said it first, but it’s definitely true when it comes to being a presenter. The more training and experience you can get in the right environment the easier to will be to ‘get lucky’, when opportunity comes knocking. TV presenter training can help you look down the barrel of the camera lens and feel confident with the sound of your own voice, and this confidence can only come through having been there before and knowing what you are doing.

But it’s out my hands anyway…

Television as in life is definitely a case of “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. Although having said that, I believe that’s only true to a point, as if you want real longevity in a presenting career, then you will definitely also need to be able to do the job well.
Television presenting requires many skills and these can only come through practice and experience, so by giving yourself a head start with getting the right TV presenter training from the off, you’re already putting yourself in a great place.

If you have any questions about how to move forward with TV presenting journey or would like some advice on any aspect of coaching or training for presenting or public speaking then please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact page on www.presentertrainingworkshop.co.uk

VIDEO: Corporate out takes.

Ok – So here is a little edit that I thought I’d share of some outtakes from a long time corporate presenting client of mine. Needless to say we have managed to do lots of great work in the six years I’ve been with them and they had to search long and hard to find these clips! I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoy filming it. And …yes I am the panda.

Continue Reading

GALLERY: Looking back…

I’m not sure I recognise the young man in some of these snaps that date back to the early days, but they are a great reminder of just some of the adventures and fun jobs I’ve had,  The oldest snap here is the polaroid from the set of Die Another Day in 2002. I was an extra and thankfully ended up being seen in the film behind Piers Brosnan for an incredible 1 second! Great days!

Continue Reading

VIDEO: Arizona adventures

After finishing working in Arizona for the weekend on the SKUSA Spring Nationals, I had sometime to kill on the Monday before my flight home.  So I decided to go for a hike and I was keen to get up in to the hills and explore the Arizona desert, so I had a look on the map and found myself driving to South Mountain Park.  This was a short iPhone video I shot and edited to give you an idea of the fun day I had.  It was a really cool place and I can recommend it to anyone who is visiting the area.

Continue Reading

VIDEO: Ford Ranger Tour

The New Ford Ranger is an incredibly capable off roader which gives you a lot of bang for your buck and in the early part of this year, I have been on a dealer tour presenting it to potential customers and Ford dealers nationwide. The clients who came along not only were able to road test the Ranger, but they also got to take it off road too, which was great fun! This video was from two days at Knockhill Motor Racing circuit in Scotland.