You’re On! - developing media skills for your 15 minutes of fame


January 25, 2009

January 26, 2009 If there’s a downside to the coming ubiquity of phone- and computer-based video cams and the continuing success of reality television and Youtube, it’s that Andy Warhol’s ridiculous quote of "in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes" could indeed become true. For those hankering for their share of celebrity, might we suggest an investment of GBP10 (US$XX) in the book “You’re On!” The aim of the book is to show you how to look and sound good in any audio or video format, with tips and exercises on improving presentation, vocal quality, controlling nerves, ad-libbing, podcasting, reading a script, interviewing, ad infinitum

You’re On! is written by presenter, journalist and media trainer Alec Sabin who provides coaching for both professionals and the general public on how to look good on TV and the Internet, and sound good on radio. Alec started his professional life as an actor — his many credits include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Doctor Who, Coronation Street - and on stage with The Royal Shakespeare Company. He combines drama skills with media know-how to get the best from his trainees.

You’re On! is published by How To Books Ltd. and is available at GBP10 (US$13.00) at online retailers.

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, (Australia's largest Telco), (Australia's largest employment site),,, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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