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Talent & Media Coaching

With Melissa Thompson

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Melissa Thompson, Emmy Award Winner & TV Journalist and Presenter

Meet Melissa

Emmy Award Winner & TV Journalist and Presenter

Melissa is a four-time Emmy award-winning TV presenter, interviewer, writer and producer who spent more than two decades in the U.S. media, working for network affiliates in Kansas and Washington D.C., as well as CBS News in New York City where she was the sole host of the network news program “Up To The Minute.”  She also filled in on the “CBS Morning News” and “The Early Show”.

& Talent Coaching

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Melissa Thompson providing coaching feedback to an aspiring dancer on their performance and talent

Prime2Perform’s talent training program starts with an assessment of where you are as a performer and where you’d like to be. Melissa discusses any emotional obstacles that could be impacting your progress and reviews your performance videos with you to figure out how to make you even stronger...

On-Camera Coaching & Media Training

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Melissa Thompson providing on camera presenter coaching and media training to new presenter.

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...

Video Production

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Prime2Perform partners with Jaylani Productions to produce dynamic videos and pictures for clients.  Whether it be a reel for social media or a resume video, Melissa uses her Emmy award-winning skills as a writer, producer and director to help you create a memorable showcase for your talent...

Mental Training for Athletes and Competitors

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Melissa Thompson providing individual and Team mental training Consultation for athletes and competitors

Prime2Perform is just as the name implies; preparation to perform to the best of your ability. It’s about training mentally as much as you do physically. Melissa works with athletes who compete on local and international levels...

Corporate Presentation and Public Speaking Training

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Melissa Thompson providing corporate Public Speaking and Presentation training to group of aspiring presenters

As someone who has addressed a national and international network television audience on a nightly basis, Melissa knows first-hand the importance of impactful and dynamic communication and presentation. Public speaking, in addition to news presenting, was part of her job for more than two decades.

Performance & Presentation Workshop

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Melissa Thompson providing group performance and presentation workshops

Whether you want your staff to be stronger presenters and communicators so they bring in more clients, or you coach performers such as dancers or actors and want them to be more confident and dynamic, Prime2Perform can help...

Virtual Reality Training

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Virtual reality is one of the most popular products of developing technology today. VR training delves deeper and is more effective than many traditional approaches used for anxiety control, mental focus, mindfulness, and relaxation.

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“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.”

Craig Wilson

Senior Broadcast Producer

CBS Evening News- Weekend Edition

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“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. “

Norman Gittleson 
Former Writer/Producer CBS News "Up To The Minute"

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“Melissa Thompson is a consummate professional who understands how to get the best out of people who do public speaking, especially those who are required to speak on-camera.  She is always well-prepared on the issues that will be discussed and is an expert at taking people she interviews down the most important discussion paths.  She always produces concise, focused and comprehensive discussions. Her on-camera performance is flawless. She knows how to reach out to her audiences and engage them. Her professional attitude combined with her warm and friendly nature always result in great on-air presentations. Her ability to lead discussions and react to people’s responses is second to none. “

Mitch Mitchell

Former Consultant/ Analyst
CBS News

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