Train with an Australian Coach

As a media trainer, I prepare people to handle interviews.

As a public speaker,  I develop people’s content and stage presence.

As a negotiator, I help people find opportunity and create value with other people.

As a coach, I encourage you to define and achieve goals.

As an Australian, I teach the anglo-saxon tradition of oral communication, learnt throughout our school years.

As a singer and musician, I show how to deal with being on stage in front of an audience.

As an entrepreneur, I share your motivation to succeed.

As an expatriate who has chosen to live in France, I understand the cultural differences in communicating in a second language.

As a consultant, I’m external to your organisation, so I can ask difficult questions and give fair assessments. I can challenge you.

Information about how to communicate more effectively is widely available. My approach is similar to those of TJ Walker, Andrew Carapiet, Carmine Gallo, Alan Weiss, Deepak Malhotra, Max Bazerman, Matt Lohmeyer and Daniel Pink.

The basic techniques are :

  • Being prepared
  • Considering the audience
  • Telling stories
  • Returning to your message points

Information about better communicating is effectively free.

Actually doing it is priceless.

You already speak English. You learnt it at school. It’s time to start using it.

The Australian approach is pragmatic. We learn by doing.

Media Training

What is everybody’s greatest fear when being interviewed? Dealing with unwanted questions. You can’t control what the journalist says, you can only control what you say. You need to anticipate difficult questions, practise addressing them, and develop techniques to allow you to say what you want to say. Marlène Schiappa, responding on France Inter to Nicolas Demorand’s question « Je sens que vous êtes gené ? » replied « Non, je ne suis pas particulièrement gênée, qu’est-ce que vous fait dire ça ? », and it was the only thing I remembered from the whole interview. A better response might have been « I’m perfectly comfortable with the decisions taken by the Prime Minister ».

Christine Lagarde understands this technique. Effectively being harassed by an AFP journalist, she replies « I’m going to work ». She controls the only thing she can control in the situation. She controls what she says. She is also excellent in interviews. Her interview for Fortune Magazine in 2013 is a great example of a French person communicating well in English:

You need to determine your message, and stick to it, by identifying your three key points, and always bringing your answers back to these three points.

These three points need to be of interest to the journalist, and of interest to your audience. Journalists will certainly ask you questions that are of interest to them and the audience, it’s their job. And it’s your job to be able to answer them.

There is no such thing as an « off » to a journalist. Never say anything you wouldn’t want to be quoted on.

You might already be very good at this in French.

You need to prepare and practise to improve in English.

Public Speaking

You don’t want a question from a journalist to be the first time you’ve ever responded to such a question, and you don’t want a presentation  to be the first time you’ve ever spoken English on stage.

You’ll need to have prepared and practised. You’ll have improved by doing it.

  • Have something that needs to be communicated
  • Focus on your audience
  • Accept the discomfort
  • Invite questions

Again, you may be an excellent public speaker in French. Now you need to prepare and practise to improve in English.

Emmanuel Faber gives an interesting speech in both French and English at the HEC Diploma Ceremony in June 2016. He uses the more typically French structure of building up to the conclusion and shows his great command of using English on stage:

Emmanuel Faber’s speech speaks for itself!


Anglo-Saxons don’t negotiate for pleasure.

The initial price is likely to be the final one.

There are numerous techniques and approaches to negotiation.

Respect and listen to the other party.

Restate their position to obtain a « That’s right ».

You might be a great negotiator in French, but to negotiate well in English you’ll need to prepare and practise.


Define and realise your goals.

Improve your performance.

Build your confidence.

Discuss your plans and how to realise them.

Become more comfortable expressing your ideas.

General English tips :

Finish your sentence. Focus on maintaining communication with the other person. Use the simplest words possible to communicate your idea.

Speak slowly. In English, speaking slowly is a quality that is appreciated. It makes you seem intelligent and considerate. It gives you more time to formulate your phrase, and it gives me more time to interpret your accent.

State the conclusion first. You only have a 10-second window in which to catch and maintain the listener’s attention. The structure of English communication is to begin with the most important information, which can then be supported, if and as necessary. Presenting the conclusion first provides the context in which the subsequent information can be assessed. I need know the context before I can be interested in what you’re saying.

Volunteer information. Be open and honest, and offer information in addition to the strict necessary.

Copy the structure. Present information in the same form that everybody else does. It makes it easier for different sources of information to be compared and assessed.

Repeat the question. Repeating the question shows that you are answering it, and buys you more time to formulate your response. « Yes, I am the best person to undertake this project ». « Yes, my company meets all the requirements ».

Always on. English business culture is 24h/24h. Everything you do is constantly being watched and assessed, even more so in the modern world of pocket video cameras. It’s a protestant ethic well-evident in The Netherlands, where people live with their windows open to the street. Even if you’re going out for a drink with your boss, your colleagues or your clients, you’re still working.

« No » is the correct response if you agree with a negative statement. « It’s not raining outside? » « No, it’s not raining outside. » or « Yes it is raining, you’ll need an umbrella ». « It wasn’t what we were looking for? » « No, it wasn’t what we were looking for. »

Say « Yes ». Clear and direct answers, supported by facts.