with Deb Bye
Saturday 28th August 2004
There were eleven participants in Deb Bye's Media Workshop
with apologies from four others.
There was a great air of excitement and anticipation
and they were not disappointed. Deb was an entertaining
and informative presenter who engaged her audience throughout
her presentation. A highlight of the presentation was
the mock interview of two participants to demonstrate
Much to the amusement of the participants one of the
media releases to be used as a sample was written and
submitted by one of the participants. She was happy
for it to remain included in the sample and very much
appreciated the feedback.
Beth Harris, who has expertise in Web Page Design,
also gave participants the benefit of her knowledge.
Nine participants heard about the workshop through
word of mouth, one read it on a noticeboard and one
was bombarded with word of mouth, noticeboard, flyer
and school newsletter!
Ten participants were very satisfied with Deb Bye's
facilitation of the workshop, one even commenting that
it was excellent, another that it was amazing, great
rapore with 'audience' and great interaction and another
that it was fantastic, experienced, pithy, funny and
useful. The eleventh was fairly satisfied.
Eight felt the workshop was long enough, however, one
felt that the quality was such that she could have quite
happily gone on for a lot longer! Another felt Deb covered
many areas and gave time afterwards for extra questions
and discussion and she was very pleased. One felt she
would have liked more 'hands-on' work. Two participants
were well satisfied and one was only just satisfied
with the length of the workshop.
Nine participants felt it met with their expectations,
one saying it was better and more useful than anticipated,
another was pleased that Beth was there giving great
information about Web pages and Web sites. Two participants
were fairly satisfied.
All participants were satisfied with what was covered
in the workshop although one would have liked TV interviews
to be covered. The comment from one participant was
I think the workshop covered many areas and was very
extensive and another I'm sure there is lots more could
be covered but I was very happy with the information
on the day.
Seven participants were very happy with the venue,
three were fairly satisfied and one felt it was a bit
Ten participants were very happy with the morning tea,
comments included fantastic morning tea, Yummy, home
made tasty treats - fantastic. One was fairly satisfied.
Nine participants felt they would participate in other
activities connected to the project while one said she
would be involved in some and one said she did not know
it would depend on time permitting.
When it came to key information or skills obtained
from the session the following were comments:
- I honed my media skills.
- Will completely redo approach to media - format
suited to media.
- How to prepare for media releases.
- Key hints on various approaches to media releases.
- Points on dealing with the media.
- Presentation of media release.
- Working knowledge of how media works.
- Writing media releases. Information was fantastic.
- General basic idea of how and what to do and etiquette
in dealing with the media. Very enjoyable and informative.
A very successful workshop. Many thanks to Deb Bye and
Beth Harris for their time and effort