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  • Joan Didion

    Are We Getting Dumber as the Bots Get Smarter?

    Use it or Lose it – to AI If we outsource our writing to ChatGPT, we risk weakening our ability to think deeply on a topic and develop a cohesive, logical train of thought. Author and media trainer, Theresa Miller explores the potential cost of......

  • Michelle Yeoh

    Why Diverse Voices in our Media Benefit Everyone

    How refreshing it was to see Michelle Yeoh at the academy awards this week make history as the first Asian woman to win best actress. In her acceptance speech she said, “For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this......

  • Explain what you do for work this Christmas lunch

    “What is it exactly that you do?” Do you dread this question at family gatherings? Personally, I would love it if someone in my extended family asked me. But they hardly ever do. Why not? Maybe, they don’t understand what a media trainer does. Maybe,......

  • Jessica Panegyres media training for The Panel

    Have koalas died for your steak or burger?

    Case study: Jessica Pangyres, The Wilderness Society: preparation for 10’s The Project   Jessica Pangyres was a campaigner for The Wilderness Society when she was invited onto Channel Ten’s The Project to discuss a new initiative to encourage retailers to labe...

  • How to communicate during a crisis

    Are you prepared for a media crisis? Media Skills Trainer Theresa Miller gives her top tips and a proven strategy for when disaster strikes, and journalists come knocking. It’s always a pleasure to tell a good news story to your residents and stakeholders either via.....

  • Tapaas founders business writing support

    How to get noticed (and read) in your customers’ inbox

    Tapaas is an international fintech company started by a couple of smart ex bankers. They’ve created an analytics platform that helps brokers and traders make sense of the huge volume of trading data to make better decisions, faster – leading to higher profits fo...

  • HSC students to learn grammar rules

    HSC STUDENTS TO LEARN GRAMMAR AND WRITING SKILLS – HURRAY!

    I applaud the new HSC changes which will teach grammar and improve students’ writing skills. Some of my journalism students yearn to write stories, yet can’t construct proper sentences. Their written communication skills have been gagged through a lack of ed...

  • Medical ethics and minors rights

    Minors’ rights: a question of competence

    In 2013, a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness boy from New South Wales made headlines when he lost his court appeal to refuse a life-saving blood transfusion. The religious teenager, who was being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma at Sydney Children’s Hospital...

  • Tara Hunt

    See your friends before it’s too late

    The sudden death of a close friend has blind-sighted my family and me. Tara Hunt was a strong and inspirational woman. She was only 54 and leaves behind a husband, three children and a gaping hole in the lives of many of her friends. The......

  • Holistic Beauty Treatments

    Road Test – Holistic Beauty

    Call me vain, but I challenge any woman over a certain age to say she hasn’t looked in the mirror at least once and considered a little nip and tuck. Going under the surgeon’s knife or injecting a paralysing virus like Botox is not what......

  • International Left-­‐Handers Day: celebrating lefties’ battle

    Left Handers Day is celebrated on August 13. THERESA MILLER Originally appeared in The Australian July 31, 2017   As a young reporter I was sent to the Supreme Court to follow a murder case. I sat next to four other court reporters and we......

  • Social Media troll

    Outwit the Social Media Trolls

    Do you remember the fable about the Three Billy Goats Gruff? They try to cross a bridge to a grassy meadow on the other side and are intercepted by a cranky troll who lives in the river. Well, thanks to technology, the trolls have crept......

  • Cindy Gallop

    Cindy Gallop: “I Like Blowing Shit Up!”

    Theresa Miller was front-row and centre at last week’s 3% Conference. Here’s her report on the choicest quotes and amazing talks from the day… “I like blowing shit up,” is the war cry of Cindy Gallop, who gave the electrifying keynote at the en...

  • Happiness in the workplace

    For a happy workplace – invest in learning and development, not gimmicks

    When there’s an economic downturn which expenses do companies usually cut first? After entertainment and marketing, the managers inevitably slash budgets for training and development. And yet the progressive business leaders do the opposite. Christopher Whitnall i...

  • Debunking the myth between HRT and cancer

    Debunking links between menopausal hormone therapy and cancer

    Women are enduring the crippling effects of menopause unnecessarily because of fear and ignorance of the benefits of menopausal hormone therapy, the Australasian Menopause Society says. The experts blame a flawed study by the US Women’s Health Initiative study, pu...

  • Celebrate Diversity

    Diversity Drives Dynamism

    Diversity and inclusion in the work place are proven catalysts for boosting profits and productivity. Research shows that diverse teams, who experience inclusion, are more creative, innovative, deliver better returns and have higher employee retention rates. According t...

  • Illiteracy in children

    Illiteracy in Kids

    Reading and writing are the basic skills children learn from their first day at school. But sadly, some kids are slipping through the cracks. By the time they graduate some teens still haven’t learnt proper grammar and spelling, and can’t structure a clear, ...

  • Enjoy christmas without your devices

    Christmas – time to unplug and re-connect

    The Managing Director of Google Australia, Jason Pellegrino is recommending his staff disconnect from their devices over the Christmas break and reconnect with their family and friends. The Australasian boss said in a fast-paced world of tremendous change it was crucial...

  • Work and play at work

    Why we should all be playing at work

    WE’RE thinking about work all wrong, it seems. In order to get more done we should be like kids and ‘play’ with our friends. news.com.au DECEMBER 12, 201711:53AM IT MIGHT take the circus to get us there, but it looks like we’re all heading toward...

  • Powerpoint presentation skills

    Avoiding Death By Power Point

    Who has ever had a near-death-by-powerpoint experience? It’s after lunch or dinner and the presenter dims the lights and brings out the laptop and projector. Slide after slide rolls on, densely packed with graphs, text and images and the presenter fades into the b...

  • C2 event melbourne

    I’ve got your back, sister

    One of the more unusual gigs I’ve had of late, was yesterday when I was asked to interview people in a pop-up pool full of plastic balls in Melbourne’s Federation Square. Among the people I talked to were some awesome women from various businesses as......

  • Tinder for networking and thinking

    Tinder for Thinkers

    Meeting like-minded people to discuss business ideas or shared interests is made easier through a new matchmaking service. For anyone who has ever endured awkward small talk at business networking events, the idea of a purposeful “braindate” may be a welcome...

  • Julia Wylie

    ‘My brain stopped working’: The helpline that steps in when musos need it most

    Julie Wylie from JuliaWhy? Indie rock front woman Julia Wylie was flying high in 2015. She’d single-handedly booked her band JuliaWhy into 17 gigs across Canada in two weeks. She’d done it without a booking agent, tour manager or any financial support. ̶...

  • Music education in childhood

    Music education could help future-proof kids against the AI revolution

    Governments should invest more in primary school music education to give children the skills to beat automation in the future job market, ARIA chief executive Dan Rosen says. Speaking on the Sonos ‘Better Listening’ panel in Sydney last week about the power ...

Theresa Miller Miller ink media

Why choose me to train you in media skills?

Hi I'm Theresa Miller - media communications trainer and author. There are a lot of trainers out there, so why would you choose me? Well, I'm not just an ex-journo, I'm also trained in the principles of Accelerated Learning for Adults, which means I know how to facilitate a group and coach people to get the best out of them My workshops are interactive, practical and fun; if you're laughing - you're relaxing and in you're in a...

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Case study aged care media training

Media training is your insurance policy

Case study: The Royal Commission into aged care has delivered a scathing report, citing abuse, neglect and greed in many centres. It is a wake up call to the sector. But not all aged care centres are guilty; there are some that are caring for their residents respectfully. However, it’s hard to get that message across when the whole industry has been tarred with the same brush. One aged care home felt it had been unfairly...

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Thoughts about being a woman turning 50

On turning 50

I recently sent out invitations to my 50th birthday party - a Sunday ladies' lunch. While most people replied with great gusto - 'Yes, I'll be there with bells on - I can't wait. There were at least a couple who replied - 'Wow, you are brave!' Brave? I didn't understand? Why was I brave to have a 50th birthday party? I'd been having birthday parties since I was a child. There is always the worry that...

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Tame the media beast and make it your friend

Tame the Media Beast and Make it your Friend

This week I had the privilege of media training a group of women in Canberra who work for Anglicare. These hardworking, courageous women are on the front of line of Anglicare's many valuable social justice programs, such as: finding emergency foster care for traumatised children; running mentorship programs for troubled youths; and supporting young carers - kids who look after their disabled parents and siblings. When I say I was 'privileged' to enter their world for a...

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Asking the Write questions

Are You Asking The ‘Write’ Questions?

My nine-year-old daughter asked me a grammar question the other day that stopped me in my tracks: "When do you use 'in spite of' and 'despite'? I honestly had to stop and think about it. Despite being an author, corporate trainer and former-journalist no-one has ever asked me that question - not even in my business-writing workshops. My nine-year-old on the other hand, has been labelled 'a slow reader,' by her Year 4 teacher. The consensus is...

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LIndt siege floral tributes

Tribute to the lost shows Australia’s true colours

In the streets and churches, Sydneysiders are united in preserving their peaceful way of life despite the shock they experienced during the deadly Lindt café siege and the sorrow they feel after it. A steady procession of mourners laid tributes of flowers, cards and chocolates outside the café in Martin Place in the hours following the deadly climax of the 16-hour stand-off. Strangers hugged. Dignitaries came and went without fanfare. Children looked on in comprehending silence. The...

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Spectators make jokes, take selfies at siege site

In the late afternoon sunshine, a crowd of about 400 people gathered near the cordoned-off area in Martin Place. The mood in the crowd was relaxed, almost festive. In fact, if you didn't know any better, you could be forgiven for thinking there wasn't an unfolding hostage crisis just metres away. Around the media scrum, office workers, sightseers and foreign tourists snapped photos and chatted on their phones. Most appeared undaunted by the fact an armed gunman...

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