This essential skills course is specially designed for undergraduate and postgraduate tertiary students, to help them add form to substance. We initially developed it for MBA students at National University of Singapore, but it is based on the same curriculum as we use to train very senior business leaders and political leaders worldwide.
University faculty and career centres may wish to offer this as part of a blended learning course. Invite your students to take the course on line, then come to our TV studios in Singapore or Malaysia for in-person practise and feedback.
Discount codes are available for universities which wish to part or fully fund this course for their students.
Mark is an accomplished media mentor, business conference anchor, and radio and financial television current affairs show host.
He is a veteran of the traditional and new media, with 25 years' experience in print, radio, television, new and social media.
Since leaving television in 2006, Mark has become mentor to Senior Leadership Teams at multinational companies in Asia and the Middle East.
Between 1999 and 2006, Mark anchored and produced regional network television business news programs at CNBC Asia Pacific. He anchored Squawk Box, and filled roles including Australia Editor, and Sydney Bureau Chief. From 1997-1999, Mark hosted news programs at MediaCorp, and was a member of the inaugural production and presentation team of English-language talk radio station 938NOW.
He started his media career at age 21, becoming Australia's youngest current affairs show host at ABC Radio. Having spent many years in South Africa, Germany and Australia, Mark has called Singapore home for more than 22 years.
He is a Gallup-certified CliftonStrengths coach, and a member of the Asia Pacific Association of Communications Directors (APACD), the Singapore Institute of Directors (SID), SGTech, AustCham Singapore, the Investor Relations Professionals Association of Singapore (IRPAS), and Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry & Commerce (SGC). When he is not coaching top executives in presence and media skills, he is a presenter himself at numerous business conferences and events as conference anchor or moderator.
1. Designed for Asian students.
It simply doesn't make sense to force students who have gone through school in Asia to present like Westerners. There is a cultural clash that doesn't 'translate' for presenters and audiences alike. Mark has lived in Asia for more than 20 years and is able to bridge that cultural divide.
2. Blended learning.
Other online courses teach the basic theories. You watch the videos, complete the quizzes ...and then you're on your own. Our online resource complements the in-person coaching and post-workshop review of videos which you can submit. It's practical, personalised and scalable to your whole cohort.
3. Real-life application.
The trouble with many presentation skills gurus is that they only present on presentation skills, if at all. In our course, you are learning from someone who frequently presents on topics other than presentation skills.
4. Television skills, online and on-stage.
Whether you go on to present in virtual events online or in-person events on stage, the skills you learn have far wider application than traditional presentation skills courses.
How do you work with universities?
This course was originally developed for MBA students at National University of Singapore, but can be adapted to your university's needs. For example, you can offer to pay part or all the course fees on behalf of your students. We can provide bulk discount vouchers to pre-agreed amounts. You can arrange for students who have completed the online course to join us in our TV studio for a practical workshop. The course can even be white-labelled and loaded into your university's own Learning Management System. Please contact us for a no-obligation conversation.
How long do I have to take this course?
From the time you sign up you have a whole year (12 months) to take the course. It should take you no more than a few hours to complete.
Do you offer refunds?
As this is an online course unfortunately we cannot offer refunds.
Mark usually only coaches senior business and government leaders. So why did he create a course for students?
Today's students are tomorrow's business leaders. We have found a great need for students to graduate with more than just technical skills. Essential (soft) skills are critical to success in the modern workplace, where machine learning and AI threaten jobs which are based on information and knowledge. Our course adds form to substance.
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