I was the only person in my university year to make it in to a tv newsroom straight after graduation. It wasn’t because I was top of my university class. Far from it! It was preparation and sheer persistence that resulted in my tv career taking off. I started at Channel 9 in Brisbane writing news updates and went from there to reporting three stories daily for Prime and then NBN in Northern New South Wales. I took my job as a mission, to give the people a voice so they could be heard and in turn the public could be kept informed of issues and matters that needed resolution.
Over several years I worked as a tv reporter and a producer for Network Ten’s Totally Wild and Nine’s Brisbane Extra. I made great friends with my colleagues Ranger Stacey and Faye De Lanty. I wrote and presented the financial news for Commonwealth Bank’s staff tv news channel. Then I moved to Europe and took on the corporates.
I was a natural in corporate communications and producing CEO’s for media appearances. I advised senior leaders on key messages during the SARS outbreak and worked closely with corporates to bring sensitivity to messaging during downsizing.
Despite the demand for my skills in the corporate world, video and presenting have always drawn me back to the essence of who I am.
Today’s technology has blurred the lines between business and commercial tv so much that every person in business is now needing to know the skills of a tv journalist so that they can present to camera, script effectively and produce high quality and engaging video. The video revolution is here and my role is to share my knowledge to help small businesses survive and flourish. My online video course helps women to master video in the digital world and I have a coaching program for hands-on help.
I am also the director and co-founder of business consultancy Corporate Innovations Australia and in the last financial year have helped my clients to introduce significant innovation programs for sustainable growth.