Former Writer/Producer CBS News “Up to the Minute.”
“I took a poll my former television colleagues and we voted Melissa our favorite anchor of CBS News “Up to the Minute.” Her professionalism was unquestioned. She always prepped thoroughly for her interviews and was genuinely interested in the subject matter. Her poise on camera was always evident. She listened to the interviewee, which is crucial in a television interview where you may have to quickly shift topics. Melissa was a complete professional as a journalist and on-camera. Her being good at her job made my job as a writer and producer that much easier and for that I will always thank her. “
Senior Broadcast Producer
CBS Evening News- Weekend Edition
“Melissa Thompson is a veteran network correspondent and proven strategic communicator. Our paths crossed as colleagues at CBS News in New York City where she anchored the network broadcast 'Up to the Minute'-seen across the United States and in the United Kingdom on the SKY Network. For viewers, Melissa was relied on to report the news of the day, fairly and accurately. Those events included national political crises, natural disasters, plane crashes and war- including the 2003 U.S. led invasion of Iraq. But most importantly to me, her colleague, Melissa empowered us all to be better. Not just as journalists-but people. Melissa didn’t just cover events, she cared about the details of people’s lives. She is a terrific writer and strong producer. And she made us all better—every day.”
ON-CAMERA COACHING AND MEDIA TRAINING
Whether you’re an aspiring on-camera presenter, host/spokesperson, social media influencer, businessperson or you’ve received a request to be interviewed by a media outlet, Prime2Perform can help you look and sound polished and camera-ready. Melissa has spent more than two decades in the U.S. media as an award-winning TV news presenter, interviewer, writer and producer. She can help you create dynamic content and deliver it in an impactful way so you are more likely to attract the attention of media outlets and viewers. Melissa is also a trained psychotherapist and can help with any anxiety or challenges that may be preventing you from giving your best presentation possible. She helps you find your unique on-camera persona so that can stand out from the crowd.
Some of the topics we focus on in Prime2Perform's on-camera coaching and media training program include:
-How to get your message across
-How to steer an interview back to your message
-How to give concise soundbites the media will use
-How to appear confident and credible on-camera
-Practice sessions in a studio environment with lights and cameras
-Video recording and feedback of your sessions
-How to control a sudden feeling of anxiety while on camera
The number of sessions you need depends entirely upon your goals. Melissa tailors each program to fit your individual needs and budget. If you’re not based in Australia, Melissa can work with you online as well. Contact Prime2Perform now to find out more.