Kristine Pommert is an award-winning radio journalist and producer, trainer, and career coach, with 20 years’ experience at the BBC.
Whether you are an individual, charity, or small company, I can offer you a tailor-made solution that meets your specific needs – from podcasts for your website and training in how to handle radio and TV interviews, to finding ways of tapping into the hidden job market.
Using my media, training and coaching skills, I can help you achieve your personal or corporate goals through high-quality, practical solutions.
News, August 2016:
Radio and podcasts:
My next two BBC programmes will both air in September. First up, Sushi Marriages - as marriages between a Sunni and a Shia Muslim are sometimes jokingly known. Against the backdrop of rising international tensions between the two main branches of Islam, how do Sushi couples negotiate their differences? Find out on BBC Radio 4 on Friday 2nd September at 1102, and in Heart and Soul on the BBC World Service on 2nd October. With Zubeida Malik.
Also new for the BBC World Service: Imams in the Vatican. Abdul-Rehman Malik accompanies a group of trainee imams and other students from the Cambridge Muslim College on a visit to Rome. For some it is their first in-depth experience of Christianity - how will they respond? Listen out for this edition of Heart and Soul on 11th September.
My series with Mike Wooldridge, The Dilemma, went out on the BBC World Service last month and earned high praise from the commissioning editor for its "deft" storytelling. It's been a privilege to meet those involved and record their stories, including: Chad Arnold, who accepted a live liver donation from his brother Ryan, only to see Ryan die a few days later; Trevell Coleman, better known under his rapper name G Dep, who turned himself in for a cold-case killing to "get right with God"; Iftikhar Khan, who was abducted because of his Ahmadi Muslim faith; and two women from Nigeria, Esther Ibanga and Khadija Hawaja Gambo, who have joined hands against sectarian violence across the Christian-Muslim divide.
After winning the Sandford St Martin Trust's first ever Interview of the Year award for A Mother's Good Friday: Diane Foley in June, the podcast has had a lot of extra listeners. In it, the mother of James Foley, the first Western hostage to be publicly killed by IS, talks about how her faith sustained her through this ordeal - and why she has forgiven her son's unrepentant killer. A picture from the award ceremony on 8th June is below.
Impact skills training:
I have had a lot of bookings for my impact skills training for research-active academics, and feedback is consistently very positive:
"Thank you so much for the two IMPACT workshops for the Social Work/Social Policy REF team. We have made real progress with our evolving case studies and are all much clearer on the types of information we need to be gathering." (Prof Carol Munn-Giddings, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Anglia Ruskin University, July 2016)
"Very good. Listening, responsive and ‘tuned in’ to our context. Good materials and preparation too. Thanks!"
"Very professional, well run session. Great advice and insights."
"The trainer was excellent, very patient and knowledgeable in the subject."
(Participants, Effective Policy Briefs, Open University, July 2016)
"Kristine was excellent. It was brilliant, and they [colleagues who did not attend] missed a great session."
"It exceeded my expectations."
"Highly qualified and professional. Excellent."
(Participants, Making an impact with your research, University of Westminster Researcher Network, May 2016)
"Fantastic! Clear, concise, knowledgeable."
"Kristine was great, very knowledgeable."
(Participants, Effective Policy Briefs, University of Southampton, April 2016)
"Very knowledgeable trainer. Lots of good tips. Great exercises."
"Precise, constructive and very helpful."
"Would definitely recommend."
(Participants, effective research communication for members of the Leadership programme, University of Nottingham, March 2016)
"The best Friday I've had in ages!"
"Worth every minute."
(Participants, Media training for women academics, University of Chester, February 2016)
"Excellent. Well structured and went at a good pace."
"Excellent, beautiful delivery and clear, considered response to questions and concerns."
"Worthwhile, informative, stimulating, encouraging, expertly facilitated."
(Participants, impact skills training for mid-career academics, University of Chester, February 2016)
"Very good, helpful, constructive."
"Very good trainer, clear information."
"Trainer was excellent."
(Participants, Effective Policy Briefs, University of Southampton, February 2016)
"Very clear and comprehensive. I came away with action points regarding impact strategy. In addition, I gained new, concrete ideas for enhancing impact in relation to my own research."
"Very professional – able to speak in detail about my work and apply generic ideas to my practice/research."
(Participants, impact skills training for non-STEM areas, University of Winchester, January 2016)
"Very clear, well-paced presentation."
"Very responsive, personable and knowledgeable."
"Excellent as always."
(Participants, impact case study training, Anglia Ruskin University, January 2016)
"An excellent and insightful introduction - with a sense of real understanding, expertise and experience underpinning the session."
"Very clear. Good listener. Good at processing comments quickly and accurately."
(Participants, impact training, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, December 2015)
Further comments are on the Testimonials page.
This lovely comment is from a coaching client I worked with earlier this year:
"You picked me up when I was at an all-time low and set me firmly back on track. Thank you for giving me my confidence in myself back. I'm ready to fly now!"