Select Committee Training

Learn how to perform with dignity and poise under televised, pressured questioning by MPs

This half-day select committee training course helps spokespeople to prepare for tough questioning on-camera by MPs

What you’ll learn

A grilling by MPs in a select committee is a particularly challenging experience for spokespeople and can cause serious reputational damage if the encounter goes badly. Our specialised training prepares delegates to put their case before an intimidating panel of powerful, elected individuals who won’t hold back from asking bruising questions for democratic, party political or career reasons. The full spokesperson range of skills is explored and deployed in this course, including evidence-based messaging, crisis messaging, anticipating lines of attack, emotional control, appropriate tone, empathy, projecting confidence with voice and body language.

How you’ll learn

Courses for individuals and groups pairs take place at our central London training centres or your own offices. Sessions are led by two senior broadcast journalists who are also specialists in hostile interview training. You’ll complete a series of recorded Q&As, fielding tough questions from both trainers.  Each grilling is followed by playback and trainer critique. After training, you’ll receive full course notes by email and a link from which to download copies of your recordings. Each delegate also receives their own, personalised post-training evaluation report from the trainer, assessing their performance during the course and providing suggestions, exercises and tips for continuing to improve and develop.

Who this Select Committee Training is for

This course is for you if you are preparing to represent your organisation in an accountability appearance in front of a parliamentary select committee. If you are looking to build your public speaking skills more generally, you may like to try our Public Speaking Training or our Panel Speaking Training.

Course Modules

Module 1

Select Committee Training Theory

  1. Select Committee member motivations
  2. Anticipating lines of attack
  3. Techniques for answering hostile questions
  4. Technique for answering crisis questions
  5. Defusing hostility with tone and empathy
  6. Voice and body language techniques for projecting confidence
Module 2

Practical exercises

  1. Q&A 1
  2. Trainer critique of Q&A 1
  3. Q&A 2 – recorded
  4. Playback and critique of Q&A 2
  5. Breathing exercises for overcoming nerves

Select Committee Training

Learn how to perform with dignity and poise under televised, pressured questioning by MPs

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What our students say

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The teaching I received was second to none and despite having no experience whatsoever in journalism, the tutors made sure there was a friendly environment where I felt welcome to ask any questions I needed. I was able to finish the course and go into a job working for The Sun.

Olivia Allhusen
, Junior Journalist
, The Sun

The lifelike interview settings and tasks that PA Media Training deal in replicate perfectly the real-world feel of a tough media interview and help the delegates come out of the day feeling much more confident that they can play an active role in representing their organisation.

Transport for London
, Director of Communications & Corporate Affairs

The methods and techniques you learn (and apply) on a daily basis through teaching, coursework and eventually exams crop up again and again in both job applications and jobs themselves – the course content is directly relevant to the realities of the industry. 

James Saunders
, Digital News Reporter
, GB News

The team is flexible, slick, well-resourced and overall simply first class. Their expertise and knowledge have been invaluable. I was delighted with our choice, so I’d have no hesitation in recommending them

Prostate Cancer UK
, Head of External Relations

I learned to write concise articles and features, while developing my skills in social media, interviewing sources, and producing stories for an increasingly online audience. The course has allowed me to start a full-time journalism career.

Jonathan Moynihan
, Social Media Producer
, Forces News

I was able to count on excellent teachers and professionals who helped me push my limits and achieve my goals. I was impressed by the quality of the course and the motivation teachers put into it. It was a great experience and I would definitely do it again!

Laure Poncet
, Research Officer
, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes

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