Our Presentation Training Services: Customized Workshops in NYC, DC or Your City
Since 2004, Phillips Media Relations has delivered hundreds of tailored presentation and media training workshops to thousands of spokespersons, scientists, government officials, corporate CEOs, nonprofit directors, and many others. We’re broadly experienced with a wide variety of clients.
We specialize in helping clients reach “a-ha!” moments. Those profound personal insights often lead the same trainee who delivered a bland “words and bullets” practice presentation in the morning to deliver a rousing talk by mid-afternoon.
We know how to transfer our knowledge to trainees in a manner that enables them to act upon it immediately. Our sessions offer several high-level best practices but focus on delivering practical feedback that results in long-term behavior change. We point speakers in a specific direction without being overly prescriptive, allowing each trainee to incorporate his or her own personality into our advice.
We’ve designed a fast-paced, fun, and highly effective workshop that delivers direct and meaningful feedback in an approachable manner that leaves our trainees receptive to our ideas (and often asking for more).
But the best testaments to our effectiveness are our repeat clients, several of which we’ve worked with for more than a decade.
Adrienne Lea, Communications Director, American Society of Nephrology
“Brad Phillips doesn’t just help leaders handle media, make presentations or meet crises with aplomb; he improves organizations.”
Wendy Pearl, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Country Music Association
“Do not wait. Brad Phillips is a game changer.”
Elizabeth Horton, Director of Public Relations, Organic Valley
“Brad and Christina are seasoned experts who adapted right into our culture and ‘got’ us. They went above and beyond to understand the news-related challenges we face. They are not only highly skilled trainers, but also engaging and compassionate individuals.”
5 things you might like to know about us
1. We conduct deep research into your organization. If there’s one thing clients have told us more than anything else, it’s how surprised they were by the amount of research we conducted before each session. Before your customized workshop, we’ll review your previous and upcoming speeches, PowerPoint presentations, outlines, notes, and video clips. We’ll also learn more about your organization, the audiences you face, and the challenges you encounter when discussing your work.
2. We customize our sessions to your specific needs. We can prepare your speakers for specific presentation formats or types of interactions, emphasize any specific teaching points you identify in advance, and modify the session length and agenda to match your goals.
3. We are industry leaders. Our first book, The Media Training Bible, was an Amazon #1 Public Relations best seller. Our second book, 101 Ways to Open a Speech, was a Kindle #1 Public Speaking best seller. We also publish the world’s most-visited media training website, Mr. Media Training (hundreds of our in-depth posts are presentation related; you can find samples toward the end of this page).
4. We know how to teach. Knowing how to deliver a successful presentation isn’t enough. It’s far more important to be able to transfer our knowledge to our trainees in a manner that enables them to act upon it immediately. We’ve regularly refined our teaching methodology since our founding in 2004, and have created a fast-paced, fun, and highly effective workshop that has been delivered successfully to thousands of trainees, hundreds of times. Our highly practical sessions have instant impact and lead to immediate improvement.
5. We root our recommendations in research. We regularly hear stories from trainees who were instructed by a previous trainer to do something that didn’t have any basis in research. As a result, the trainees were trying to communicate in an unnatural manner that went against their instincts—and that didn’t work for their audiences. Wherever possible, our advice is based in research, not subjective opinion.
What your trainees will learn
Through extensive on-camera training, interactive exercises, meaningful discussion and real-life examples, our trainees leave ready to deliver highly effective presentations in many different speaking environments.
In a typical session, your trainees will learn how to:
- Sharpen the story you want to tell
- Align your talk to the audience’s needs
- Increase the effectiveness of your persuasion appeals
- Grab the audience with a powerful opening
- “Break the pattern” to keep audiences engaged from start to finish
- Select a close that audiences remember
- Tell a sticky story that drives action
- Create the right “feedback loops” through positive body language
- Choose the best method of delivery (speaking from a script, notes, memory, or teleprompter)
- Model best practices for gesture, posture, voice and movement
- Interact with your PowerPoint slides and notes
- Maintain control during question and answer sessions
- Use (not abuse) PowerPoint (or other display software)
- Design and display effective visuals
- Avoid the “eye-ear” conflict
- …and more
OTHER FORMATS: We can also lead advanced presentation training sessions, refreshers, one-on-one executive sessions, coaching for online video and Facebook Live, virtual sessions, and TED or TEDx speech preparation, among other formats (we do not currently offer train-the-trainer sessions).
How we can work together
1. Contact us! Tell us more about your training needs and goals, number of trainees, preferred location (we can host in DC and NYC or travel to your location), preferred time frame, and anything else you think we should know.
2. After we learn more about your potential training, we’ll send a proposal to you within 48 hours (often sooner) that details our professional fees and what is included in our training package.
3. If you select our firm, we’ll send you a contract with a nondisclosure agreement. Once the contract is signed, we’ll work with you to learn more about your work and develop a highly customized workshop.
4. Finally, the fun part! We’ll deliver a tailored workshop that meets (and hopefully exceeds) your goals!
Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), an independent firm, anonymously asked 20 of PMR’s clients about its performance. In its survey, D&B found that we earned:
- 99 percent for staff attitude, courtesy and professionalism
- 97 percent for following through on commitments reliably
- 96 percent for total costs corresponding closely to client expectations
A partial list of our firm’s clients and trainees (current and former) appears below.
- TD Ameritrade
- Standard Chartered Bank
- Hilton Hotels and Spas
- Rosewood Hotels and Resorts
- John Wiley & Sons
- Charter Communications
- Commonwealth Financial Network
- Organic Valley
- STIHL, Inc.
- Utz Quality Foods
- Laureate International Universities
- Elkay Manufacturing
- United Water
- Angie’s List
- Parade Magazine / Conde Nast
- Moet & Chandon
- Allagash Brewery
NONPROFIT / TRADE ASSOCIATIONS
- American Society of Nephrology
- American Medical Association
- American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
- American College of Emergency Physicians
- Sheppard Pratt Health Systems
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- Country Music Association (CMA)
- Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)
- National Public Radio
- Institute of International Education
- International Trademark Association
- Bipartisan Policy Center
- ASTM International
- WaterAid America
- World Lung Foundation
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
- American Institute of Architects
- Global CCS Institute
- Navy Federal Credit Union
- American Montessori Society
- Slow Food USA
- Environmental Defense Fund
- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
GOVERNMENT / QUASI-GOVERNMENTAL / MILITARY
- The Smithsonian Institution
- United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- United States Department of Commerce
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- United States Air Force
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- National Weather Service
- National Hurricane Center
- United States Peace Corps
- United States Postal Inspection Service
- Institute of Medicine
- New York State Department of Health
Brad Phillips is the president of Phillips Media Relations, a media and presentation training firm with offices in Washington, DC and New York City. He is the author of The Media Training Bible, an Amazon #1 Public Relations best seller, and 101 Ways to Open a Speech, a Kindle #1 Public Speaking best seller.
He founded Phillips Media Relations in 2004 after working for several years as a broadcast journalist. After beginning his career as an on-air radio announcer, Mr. Phillips worked for ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel, where he contributed to broadcasts about everything from the declining national savings rate and school shootings to domestic politics and terrorism.
He then moved to CNN, where he helped produce two weekly programs: the media analysis program, Reliable Sources, and the political roundtable The Capital Gang. He was also a contributing producer to the Sunday public affairs show Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer.
Christina Mozaffari is the vice president of Phillips Media Relations. Before becoming a full-time media and presentation trainer in 2011, she worked at NBC News, where she produced stories for NBC Nightly News, The Today Show and Hardball with Chris Matthews, among others. She helped create the first Education Week series, which later became the highly successful Education Nation franchise.
Ms. Mozaffari covered many of the major news stories in the last decade, from the 2008 presidential campaign, during which she traveled full-time with the Hillary Clinton campaign and later with Joe Biden, to Hurricane Katrina, the election of Pope Benedict in Rome and the war in Iraq.
She was awarded an Emmy as part of NBC’s team coverage of 2008’s presidential election night. Some of her favorite interviews she produced over the years include the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, the King of Jordan, Martin Sheen and Robert Redford.
Dr. Harvey Fineberg, President, Institute of Medicine
“Brad Phillips knows his stuff and does his homework.”
Scott Frank, Senior Director, Media Relations, The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
“Christina did an excellent job in tailoring two workshops to our audience and being engaging. We got some genuinely awesome feedback at the end. And these folks aren’t easily impressed!”
Alice Meadows, Director of Communications, Global Research, Wiley
“Brad delivered training after training that met everyone’s needs, as shown by the enthusiastic feedback from all the participants. His impressive understanding of our business, his ability to deliver constructive and effective feedback, his deep and well-researched knowledge of best practices in presentation, and his consistent good humor made him an absolute delight to work with. I recommend him highly.”
Sample our work
Below, you can read a few of our public speaking blog posts, read a free preview of The Media Training Bible and 101 Ways to Open a Speech, and watch a few of our videos.
This blog series teaches you how to develop and deliver a terrific panel discussion. Among other topics, you’ll learn how to prepare panelists in advance, set the room, and conduct high-energy interviews that elicit meaningful responses.
This blog series teaches you how to speak from a script, from notes, from memory, from a teleprompter, and more.
Call us at 212-376-5070 or email us at MrMediaTraining@gmail.com to discuss how we can help you achieve your presentation training goals. We look forward to speaking with you!