Skillset New Zealand Blog

Ideas to help your team develop personally and professionally.

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Imagine. The news media are onto your crisis. And so are the social media - which can be an even bigger challenge. Why? Because the social media are much faster and much freer with exaggerations and outright fiction. Social media can treat your crisis the way a pack of dogs treats a rabbit.

How to go onto the front foot

I just felt a chill running up my spine. It ran out of a horrible but true scene from the school days of a woman called Carol Dweck.

Children seated according to their IQ

In her book Mindset (the new psychology of success) she describes the seating plan for her sixth grade class of 1957. They were arranged around the room according to the results of their IQ tests.

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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