“James is extremely experienced and well prepared. I particularly like his style, which is direct, engaging and uses real life case studies to bring to life his practical tips. He creates a safe and open space – this means that whether he is with a group or doing bespoke one-to-one training, James builds people’s confidence in dealing with the media. They leave feeling empowered – not scared!”
Head of Communications
London Gatwick Airport
“James was an extremely strong trainer, who tailored the session exactly to our needs, covering three different scenarios. The individual feedback given to each person about their performance was particularly helpful, and you could see the progress made from the beginning to the end of the session. James was great at giving our spokespeople a boost, and the confidence they need to communicate clearly and easily with the media. We would highly recommend.”
Jackie Antas PR Director, Ticketmaster
“The training James put us through was tough but entertaining, insightful and always relevant. His feedback was massively useful, and made me think of things that would never have occurred to me. It was exactly what you want – hard training to make the performance easier”
Dame Katherine Grainger Chair, UK Sport
“The crisis management training programme was very well thought through, with real case studies that incorporated all elements of an evolving story. Not only did everyone come away with lots of insight about broadcast media and practical tips on getting the message across, we all had an excellent day full of laughter. Even those who felt apprehensive about being in front of a camera, left the session feeling much more confident.”
Rachel O’Reilly Head of Communications, Kuoni
"I have had media training from James Pearce a number of times since I was in the England Under 17's squad, and I find it extremely useful. It has helped me to make my interview answers much more interesting, and has also taught me how to deflect questions that I don't want to answer. I would recommend it to anybody."
Lewis Cook Captain England Under 21 Football team
“Speaking and presenting to large and small groups are a fact of working life for most people. However media interviews, especially live to camera can still be a daunting prospect. I found James’ tailored training approach very supportive, whilst still taking me out of my comfort zone. Since the training I have felt both ready and able to make the most of any media opportunities on offer.”
Rebecca Birkbeck Chief Executive, Join In
"The interview training was delivered in a friendly and engaging manner, with helpful challenges. I was very impressed by the logical approach and degree of insight and expertise. As a result, I feel that I've gained enormously in confidence regarding the content and delivery required for effective messaging, and the safe navigation of potentially hostile interviews."
Dr Lisa Harrod-Rothwell
National Clinical Lead NHS England
“James trains BOA senior management executives and Team GB athletes. He skilfully adapts to different abilities, needs, age groups and personalities. He is always well-informed and well-prepared, and his training sessions bespoke -
perfectly tailored to the needs of the individual or group he advises with charm and skill. Everyone he has trained has left the room better equipped, with the knowledge and confidence to deal with soft and tough media interviews alike. It is always a pleasure to work with James – he is professional, experienced and knowledgeable.”
Miriam Wilkens Head of Communications British Olympic Association
"I saw James Pearce give a talk on communications at a conference. I attend numerous events like this. James' was the single standout speech from all that I have ever seen. It's not often that you leave a conference with your mind opened up to a whole new way of thinking. This is going to improve the way that I communicate with clients and colleagues, and I am so excited to be able to put some of these ideas into practice."
Louis Howarth, Howarth Timber and Building Supplies