Spotlight Presenters Seminar: Top six tips on making it as a presenter – October 2011

Spotlight Presenters: Top six tips on making it as a presenter

11th October 2011

Spotlight’s Presenters’ Month may now be over, but there’s still plenty of advice we can offer our presenter members after our events in September.

Donna Coulling hosted a special seminar last month, where she offered plenty of tips and hints on how to succeed as a presenter, as well as answering questions from the audience on how to further their careers.

You may recognise Donna from I’m With The Band, the Channel 4 show where she helped Lee Ryan find an assistant, as well as appearing on Pete Burns’ PA on Living TV.

Donna has also presented on shopping channel QVC for the past two years, all while juggling her day job as a PA to stars such as Spotlight members Helena Bonham Carter, Rachel Weisz and Sir Derek Jacobi.

Donna gave her six top tips for advancing your career as a presenter at the end of her seminar, which she’s kindly shared with Spotlight.

  1. Networking is really important to your career. It’s the only way you’ll get to make contacts within the industry.
  2. Be in control of your own career. Don’t wait for the phone to ring, don’t blame your agent for anything. Your agent is there to negotiate the fee. You are in charge of your own destiny.
  3. Always be nice to everybody because you never know who you’re talking to. It may be really obvious, but not everybody realises this. And be nice to the assistants too because one day they could be the people running the show.
  4. Gain as much experience as you can, paid or unpaid. Get as much work as you can on a tape to make your showreel – and keep it updated.
  5. Figure out your unique selling point (USP) this is invaluable. For myself, it’s very useful because now I know what I can do. I would just zone in on one area, unless you’re genuinely an expert in three different areas that you could do presenting work for.
  6. Above all, have a positive attitude. Say yes! This is what you want to do, so be willing and enthusiastic.
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