Media & Presentation Skills Training


Do you want to brush up on your media skills? Do you ever feel underprepared or anxious when presenting or public speaking? The Party is running two training sessions on 18th May for elected representatives and approved candidates that will help you develop these skills and prepare for the challenges of being an elected rep. Details of both sessions are below, please RSVP by 12pm on Tuesday 18th May to receive the zoom link to join the event.

Please note you must be an elected representative, a constituency representative or an approved candidate to join this session. 


Media training - led by Scott Jamison, Head of Press

As we move closer to next year’s Assembly election, focus on the party will intensify and with it, media opportunities.

As such, we will be holding a media training session for constituency representatives to give advice – on everything from what makes a news story, and what a journalist needs from you, to how to prepare for interviews and writing press releases for local media, plus how to conduct yourself on social media.

As Covid restrictions loosen and things get back to normal, we will hopefully hold some more in-person sessions around broadcast media but in the meantime, this will be a great opportunity to get some practice in, listen to those with more experience and raise any questions you have for the press office.


Presentation skills masterclass - led by Sonia McNamara of 'At Cause'

 The session will give an overview of how to present both in a formal and informal environment, how to build rapport 1:1 and with a group, and how to feel confident when challenged.

The session will be led by Sonia McNamara, a London based Coach and Mentor with a background in both training and corporate communications. Sonia is a Master Practitioner of NLP, Hypnosis and a Master NLP coach.

If you have a question in advance of the session, or a topic that you’d like to see covered, please feel free to email Sonia – [email protected] If you’d like to have a look at her social media in advance of the session her Instagram is and Facebook is

Sonia previously delivered training for our Lisburn and Castlereagh council group. Here's what Cllr David Honeyford had to say about the training:

I highly recommend attending Sonia’s training, she has a very natural way of communicating and letting you understand easy techniques to deliver your message effectively.

May 18, 2021 at 6:00pm - 8pm
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