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There's now even more need to take care going off-the-record with a reporter.

There has been a disturbance in The Force... Picture this: I was introduced to a well known feature writer. As my name was spoken ("I'd like you to meet Michael Brown...") she shook my hand with normal warmth. But when the next words were uttered (..."he's a media trainer.") she snatched her hand away, turned her back and walked off, presumably to talk to people not on the dark side.

About Michael Brown

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Michael is a senior trainer with Skillset, based in Christchurch.

He is a leading authority on training in presentation and news media skills in New Zealand. He has special expertise in how to present emotionally charged topics to challenging audiences. Michael has trained thousands of New Zealanders and worked with people who speak on behalf of some of the country's largest organisations.

Michael is a prolific author and his books on speaking and working with the media are in their fourth editions.

Speaking Easy: how to speak to your audiences with confidence and authority

Media Easy: how to handle the news media with confidence and authority

One of Michael's books is about his family's adventures sailing in the Pacific.

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