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You are On!

You are On!

You are On!

You are On!

How to Develop Great Media Skills for TV, Radio and the Internet

  • By: Alec Sabin

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ISBN: 9788130914671

Bind: Paperback

Year: 2013

Pages: 208

Size: 153 x 229 mm

Publisher: How to Books Limited

Published in India by: Viva Books

Exclusive Distributors: Viva Books

Sales Territory: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


“Great advice from one who knows...because he's done it.”

—Owen Bennett-Jones, BCC correspondent and presenter

“Alec Sabin offers the best introduction to media presentation I know of. I wish I’d read this before I started out.”

—Matthew Kelly, Actor and presenter


From YouTube to national television and radio more of us are appearing more often on the media. In this informative and readable new book, Alec Sabin provides expert coaching for both professionals and the general public on how to look good on TV and the Internet; and how to sound good on the radio.

Taking a wide-ranging approach, Alec discusses the aims of good presentation; how the interview works; and how mastery of your material is crucial. On the technical side he provides exercises to improve vocal quality and breathing; tips on controlling nerves; and an insight into how the technology of the TV and radio studio can work for you. He gives expert guidance on ad-libbing; podcasting; reading a script; and interviewing.

This book will be essential reading for students of media studies; professionals in TV, Internet and radio presentation; and anyone who has to make a great first impression in public.

Target Audience: 

Students of Media Studies, professionals in TV, Radio, Internet presentations.



Back to basics • What is presentation? • Presence • Focus of attention • Communication • Talent or know-how? • Self-awareness, self-consciousness, self-obsession • Your own 15 minutes of fame • Preparation and study • The media today • Summary • Qualities of good presentation • Is good presentation science or art? • The four groups of qualities • Summary • Voice and breathing • Why do broadcasters need voice training? • Intonation and vocal variety • Breathing • Relaxation • Posture • Dealing with nerves • Voice exercises and articulation • Problems and what you can do about them • Accents and dialects • Summary • Your audience • Connecting with your audience • Visualising your audience • Radio listeners • Television viewers • Outside broadcasts • On-air identity • Interaction • Summary • Your material • ?It's not how you say it, it's what you say? • News • Current affairs • Feature programmes • Being an expert • Writing for broadcast • Journalism • Summary • Reading a script • Is the script necessary? • What scripts look like • Preparation • Getting it off the page • Breaking down the script • Talking to time • Summary • Ad-libbing • Preparation • Music presenting • Pieces to camera • Dealing with the unexpected • Filling to time • Continuity • Summary • Interviewing • What is an interview? • Why interview? • Asking the right questions • Types of interview • What is the interview for? • Useful technique • Summary • Being interviewed • What you need to know before the interview • How to get the best out of an interview • Some practical tips • Summary • The media • The application of presentation skills • Radio, TV, Internet • Radio broadcasting • Radio technical matters • Television • Television and video production • The Internet • Transferable media presentation skills • Summary • Final thoughts • Useful qualities not in the job description • Training • Employment • And that brings us to the ... • Summary 


About the Author:

Alec Sabin has worked in radio and TV as a presenter, journalist and media trainer since 1984. A BBC World Service announcer for 14 years, Alec has been heard all over the world. Today he is in demand internationally to train journalists, corporate executives, MPs, doctors, advocates, academics and media students. Alec started his professional life as an actor - his many credits include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Doctor Who, Coronation Street and on stage with The Royal Shakespeare Company - and he combines drama skills with media know-how to get the best from his trainees.


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