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3 Cheers for the ‘silver fox’

He’s still got it.

TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

I’m pleased to announce that I have completed the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. 

Thanks to my wonderful trainer Mia from HBA Learning.  It was interesting to be “the student” for a change!  (Without giving away too much I may have learned a few things about myself.)

I would thoroughly recommend the “full delivery” course offered by HBA.  I have known a number of friends and colleagues who have attempted this qualification by correspondence and never managed to cross the finish line!! 


The Stillbirth Foundation

Kristina and Ben Keneally with me and hubby Stuart at the Stillbirth Foundation of Australia ball.

Kristina and her husband Ben spoke recently on Australian Story about the loss of their baby daughter, Caroline. I don’t have any first hand experience of stillbirth but I feel for every parent who goes through pregnancy loss and I support the Foundation in it’s quest to fund research into the causes of stillbirth.

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Top Media and Presentation Tips

Top Tips:

Media interviews:

  1. Before agreeing to an interview think about why you would participate.  What’s in it for you?  What’s your agenda?
  2. Never lie to a journalist or “fudge”.
  3. Nothing is off the record.  Ever.
  4. If you find yourself in the middle of a crisis, keep the journalists updated and informed.  Express concern and sympathy for anyone affected, explain how it happened, what you are doing to deal with it, and if appropriate how you will be moving forward.
  5. Be genuine.  Even if you make a mistake people appreciate honesty.


  1.  Prepare and practice.  Know your story and message inside out.
  2. The rule of 3 – audiences struggle to remember too much information.
  3. Less is more.  Even great public speakers can get boring after too long.
  4. Use visuals to compliment what you are saying – they should not take over the presentation.
  5. Be yourself.  Smile. Enjoy the experience.