On Thursday 29 September we were invited to participate in a Media Masterclass organized by national sports association NOC*NSF for a selected group of Dutch top athletes. It was a special occasion in which we got to know the interviewers from the Dutch sports television, as well as their interviewing tactics!
Where the average media training focuses on getting your message transmitted without saying anything ‘stupid’, this afternoon we learned how emotions can play an important role, not only in making good television but also in getting public sympathy. A very interesting angle! We discussed various interviews from the past, including the well-known interview with Henk Grol after he won Bronze (but lost Gold) in the London Olympics (Judo) and with Reinder Nummerdor after he lost the Finals at the World Championships Beach Volleyball this year.
We definitely learned a lot and met some nice and inspiring fellow athletes!