Thanks for taking time to explore my site, Rapid Media for Learning. You might be wondering who I am and what I have to offer. So I thought I’d share some of my background.
I’ve had a varied career working in media and corporate learning around the world. More than 25 years in more than 25 countries. Incredible ups and downs like anyone else. I don’t want to bore you so here’s just a snapshot.
I had the awesome privilege to run the BBC’s prestigious Production Training Department in Britain.
I had stewardship of the BBC’s television, radio operations, new media (as it was called back then) and for a while, safety training.
I’ve been employed as a journalist, media manager and talk show host.
From 1999 to 2003 I ran the BBC’s New Media Core Training Unit. I was a “formerly analogue broadcaster” who became a “digital evangelist” fully immersed in some of the most exciting innovations in media at the BBC. I worked on my first website in 1997.
Digital and Newspaper Background
I left the BBC and started work with newspapers making the shift from paper and ink into the digital world. It included the groundbreaking converged newsroom project at London’s Daily Telegraph.
To be honest, I can’t remember all the newspapers I’ve worked with. I know that I should have written them down but then I’m not that sort of person. So here’s just a few with apologies to those I have worked with and didn’t list. The Financial Times, L’Espresso, The Straits Times, Times of India, Nottingham Evening Post … and many more.
Corporate Learning Background
I moved to America in 2009 and decided a sea-change was in order. I turned my back on teaching and coordinating media training.And focused on teaching change management, leadership and adult learning.
Today I work extensively with the Association for Talent Development (formerly American Society for Training & Development.) Among other things, I teach on their renown Master Trainer Program. ATD also delivers a two-day certificate program based on my first book, Rapid Video for Trainers.
I also deliver training, coaching and consulting to private clients. This includes the media workshops and boot camps listed on this site. As well as deeper programs for mid-career training professionals and leadership communication programs for executives.
Straddling Both Worlds
The sea change didn’t last. I was invited to the World Newspaper Congress in Bangkok to share thoughts about the messy nature of leading change in media organizations. And I slowly got drawn back into my old world of media. Being back in the media world felt like I’d come home.
Since then I’ve run workshops for journalists and editors in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Mynmar and Dubai. I’ve been a judge for both the Asian Digital Media Awards and the European Digital Media Awards.
Today I work in both worlds. And love it. My work is underpinned by a bachelors and masters degree in adult education.I’m active in the Association for Talent Development as well as WAN IFRA (the international newspaper association.)And I’m an adjunct professor at George Washington University in Washington, DC where I teach digital media on a masters program.
Based in the U.S.
I’m based in the Washington DC metro area. In my pastime, I enjoy cooking, wine, playing the piano and making furniture. (Yes, really.) I read a lot and have an insane interest in how the brain works.
There are many great people who can help you learn the secrets of making media content. But I’m hoping that you will find the information I share on this website and in my books, workshops and webinars, helpful to your practice as a learning professional.