Historians and the Media – Workshop

Date: 17 May 2014

Time: 10am to 2:30pm

Location: National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Workshop fee: €15. A limited number of places are available for this workshop. Please email info@iaph.ie to reserve a place. This event is for IAPH members.

Members who have already signed up for the workshop can pay by clicking here:

Details: The IAPH’s first training event will be a workshop designed for those who want to improve their performance on broadcast media. It will also benefit contributors to panel discussions, and those who speak at public events and conferences. Skills professionals will advise on how to relay research in a clear and succinct way. The practicalities of preparation, from liaising with producers to considering your audience, as well as dealing with nerves, will also be addressed. Media personnel and historians will discuss what makes a good guest, sharing their own experiences and answering questions.


10am to 10:15am



10:15am to 10:30am



10:30am to 11.30am

Session 1: Short messaging

Michael Comyn

Michael Comyn is a business coach, trainer, broadcaster and producer with international experience of over 28 years of informing, entertaining and energising audiences. He is an accomplished media trainer and coach and helps individuals and organisations formulate their messages for media consumption. He is an associate faculty member of the School of Communications in DCU and lectures on Rhetoric and Persuasion. For more information go to www.comyn.com.


11:30am to 12.30pm

Session 2: Preparing for performances

Rowan Manahan

Rowan is the Presenter Mentor, working on professional presentations since 1989. He has contributed to pitches/demos/sales/ profile-building with startups, upstarts, disruptors and established companies; honing their message and working with speakers on their presence and delivery. He is a founding organiser of TEDxDublin events, and works with the majority of the speakers, preparing them for the 2,100-strong audience in the Grand Canal Theatre. For more information go to www.rowanmanahan.com or follow @PresenterMentor on Twitter.


Coffee Break


1pm to 2pm

Session 3: Panel discussion: ‘What makes a good guest?’


Yetti Redmond (Producer of The History Show, RTÉ)

Dr Lindsey Earner-Byrne (Lecturer in Modern Irish History, UCD, and former host of Newstalk’s Talking History).

Dr Kevin Rafter (Associate Professor of Political Communication, DCU, and former broadcaster and newspaper editor).