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Jo Pearson

Jo Pearson brings the ease and professionalism of an experienced television presenter to your conference or event. With more than 15 years on Australian television, and ten years working with global audiences in London. Jo does her homework on your business or sector and can make quick decisions, improvise, trouble-shoot behind the scenes and suggest ways to make the programme 'zing'.

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Jo Pearson Travels from NSW
Fee Range: .Up to $5000

Jo Pearson's Biography

Jo Pearson brings the ease and professionalism of an experienced television presenter to your conference or event. With more than 15 years on Australian television, and ten years working with global audiences in London, Jo has proved that she can quickly improvise when there are last-minute changes to the running order. Jo does her homework on your business or sector and can make quick decisions, improvise, trouble-shoot behind the scenes, suggest ways to make the programme 'zing' and identify potential issues with the running sheet. 

Jo brings energy and warmth to the stage, whilst conducting live interviews, facilitating panel sessions and engaging the audience with her background knowledge and preparation. Jo provides variety, innovation and style to your event.

For the past ten years, Jo has worked with some of the UK's leading video production houses as a Creative Producer - specialising in making sector or business-specific films that have been distributed throughout the world on online platforms. Her insights as a film-maker, media trainer and presentation skills specialist, have helped executive teams communicate more effectively with all their stakeholders, and organisations engage audiences more widely.

Jo Pearson and fellow newscaster, David Johnston were Melbourne's most watched news reading duo. She was co-host of the national current affairs / magazine show, 'Live at Five' with Terry Willesee and went on to host a national lifestyle and health programme, 'Body and Soul'.

Jo utilises her extensive writing, production and direction experience in making films, videos and promotional material for business. She also conducts dynamic media training courses, and has worked for a variety of high profile businesses including BMW Australia, Shell, National Australia Bank, British Gas, PwC, Sensis, Film Victoria, Amcor, Qenos, Aldi, Fonterra and IBM.

Jo's years of experience as a journalist, communicator and trainer combine to provide entertaining and interactive insights into the emotional, psychological and strategic imperatives of good message management and communication skills.

The Film Maker Challenge - The FilmMaker Challenge is a new conference workshop activity that sets a benchmark for team-building, communication skills development, healthy competition and fun.

Delegates form FilmMaker crews of 8 - 10 people, and are given the challenge of creating and delivering a video that brings their brand reputation or corporate culture 'to life' on screen. They can choose any style of film - dramas, romcoms, horror, comedy, arthouse, current affairs, opera, mime - any movie or TV style.

The results have proved to be insightful, inspiring and often hilarious. Experienced communications speaker and filmmaker, Jo Pearson, delivers a 30 - 40 minute interactive presentation on vital communication skills, before introducing the 'surprise' FilmMaker Challenge.

Teams are each given a colour-coded 'kit,' which includes a small and easy-to-use video camera, printed crew caps and/or tees, shooting notes and a list of handy locations. In the style of popular short film festivals, teams are provided with the same Challenge 'prop' (an item like a relay baton or empty match box) and a line of dialogue that must be used in every video.

After 90 minutes to 2 hours, their videos are played out of the camera and onto the big screen at the conclusion of the session. The FilmMaker Challenge unleashes more creativity than you might be expecting, and delivers lasting value by developing decision-making skills, leadership, team building and time management skills, as well as breathing new life and meaning into key strategic priorities and values.

Workshop Attributes:

Jo Pearson delivers interactive presentation and media skills presentation

Fun and engaging team building

Decision-making and project management challenges under time pressure

Corporate messaging enhancement

Personalising brand culture

Short films for viewing

Humorous and serious ‘Film-Maker’ awards of mini video cameras for individual cast and crew members.