Six Bridget Jones Inspired Tips for Talking on Live TV

Talking on the telly about cycling adventure travel

There’s been a huge rise in corporate cycling recently and the folk at Sky News invited me on to their “Business Class” travel segment to have a powwow about my two-wheeled travel know-how.

David Flynn, Editor of Australian Business Traveller, was in the hot seat before me to share his airline news analysis.

When David walked into the waiting room ten minutes before the segment went live, I was preoccupied trying to visualise smooth-talking expertise seamlessly flowing from brain to mouth. But my mind refused to cooperate, preferring to focus instead on questions like have you got a cappuccino tash? …and… what if your nose starts running on set?

I’m sure it was the outward manifestation of my inner Miss Jones that prompted David to try and rescue me.

David: (in a helpful tone) “Have you done live TV before?”

Me: “No, just live radio. Have you got any tips?”

David: (approaching hand out with gusto) “Right, let’s have a look at your questions then….,”

Me: “What questions?…..”


If you get the opportunity to talk on live TV, here are a few Bridget Jones inspired tips

  1. Ask for the Questions (Doh!)
  2. Put a couple of A4 sheets with key talking points in super large font on the desk and try not to flap them around. Alternatively, use an iPad (David’s tip) so you can discreetly swipe between questions
  3. Look down at the notes when the presenter is talking because this is when the camera and the viewers’ attention will most likely be on them and not you
  4. David also advised me to pace my answers. We humans have a tendency to talk in fast forward mode in these situations.
  5. Not all studios have hair and makeup, so make sure you’re not shinning like you’ve just done a shift in a burger bar
  6. Practise by talking to a mirror. If it replies, see a doctor.

Thankfully, It was a frothtash-free affair.

Have you got any tips for talking live on telly? Please share.

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6 Responses to Six Bridget Jones Inspired Tips for Talking on Live TV

  1. Freya July 14, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    Great tips although I do not think I will ever be invited on a talk show 😉
    You did great, loved the video
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  2. Tracey August 5, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    Why not? Search for services that send out alerts to journalists and bloggers. Programs and producers need experts to comment or you could pitch an idea.
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  3. Red Nomad OZ February 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    Hahaha, if ONLY I’d read your tips before my one & only Live TV appearance – on Weekend Sunrise to promote the dunny book you found on the Explore Aus website!! Tragically, mine was a live cross from Lismore Racecourse (!) so the luxury of hair & makeup AND being able to have notes handy (if I’d thought of that!) passed me by! I’ll remember it all for ‘next time’ – if there is one 😀
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    • Tracey February 25, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

      I’m sure you’ll get plenty of opportunity once news of your funny dunny book gets out

  4. Williams Stephon December 6, 2017 at 3:31 am #

    I’m sure you’ll get a oppurtunity to get a better chance on news programming. Keep going
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