History and experience
Chris Mohr is a communications skills trainer with 25 years' experience as a broadcast journalist and producer for BBC radio, television and online. She offers training in presentation skills and handling media interviews, and has developed the Centre's portfolio of business-writing courses - everything from where to put an apostrophe to how to write for publication. She also looks after internal and external communications for a small anti-racism charity.
Chris began her broadcasting career in BBC local radio, where she produced and presented her own daily morning programme, and also presented Woman's Hour and You and Yours for Radio 4, before moving to television, where she made arts and history documentaries and co-produced BBC2's award-winning Video Nation strand.
Chris started training while still at the BBC, and acted as trainer and consultant to broadcasters and non-broadcasters in the UK and abroad in radio and TV production, community programming and public access to broadcasting.
For the past ten years she has specialised in writing and communications skills training.
Chris has also worked in the theatre and film industries, in secondary and adult education, and in arts administration. She has a masters degree in refugee studies.
Chris has built long-term relationships with clients in both the public and private sectors - the banking and insurance industries, local government, housing associations and charities - helping them transform their writing culture from the boardroom down, and make effective presentations and media appearances.
Regular clients include Help the Aged, Mencap, Terrence Higgins Trust, Jewish Care, East Sussex County Council, Hexagon Housing Association and Royal Bank of Scotland.
Chris's aim is for every delegate to leave with fresh insights, new or rediscovered skills, increased confidence and an enthusiasm for further development. She draws on various techniques to engage people and address differences in their cultural and educational backgrounds, learning preferences, temperaments, and reasons for being on a course. Those techniques include imaginative use of visual aids, group discussion, pairing and teaming up for written and verbal exercises, peer feedback and sharing good practice, and, not least, plenty of humour - so that every delegate has a positive and rewarding experience on the day.
Chris also encourages delegates to stay in touch after a course, and share any related problems as well as any resulting successes. She is always available for advice on other courses.
Chris facilitates on a number of training courses at the Centre, including:
- Grammar and punctuation at work
- Writing skills - the basics
- Writing letters and emails
- Writing at work for non-native English speakers
- Business writing skills - a two-day course
- Write for success - advanced writing skills
- Presentation skills and advanced presentation skills
- Radio and Television interviews
Chris will work closely with you to understand your particular training needs and develop a tailored programme to meet them. She can also suggest follow-up action to embed the learning in your organisation, and to monitor progress.
Some recent bespoke courses:
- East Sussex County Council: a series of writing courses over three years to promote good practice throughout the authority
- Local Trust: a plain English course, delivered over two half-days
- The British Psychological Association: writing skills for reports and minutes
- Westway: writing skills for those working in English as a second language
- Hexagon Housing Association: basic writing skills for the housing sector
- Comic Relief: a combined course for press officers on handling the media, and giving effective radio and TV interviews
- Education Action and BAN: three-day workshops for national and international advocacy projects (understanding the media, developing a media campaign, writing press releases and articles for publication, presentation skills, and radio and TV interviews)
“The trainer was excellent. She had time for questions and was willing to adapt the course content to suit our needs.”
JS, The British Psychological Society
“Chris was very intelligent and I respected her knowledge and opinion. I now feel more confident.”
LB, Teenage Cancer Trust
"The trainer was very good and engaging and really knew her stuff. I had a very good two days on this course, there was just the right amount of content and all of my objectives were met."
CD, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors