Paul-André TavoillotAssociate Director – Public Speaking
Paul-André Tavoillot has helped leaders at many multinationals (e.g. Keolis, Oracle, L’Oréal, Schneider Electric, Sodexo and PwC) prepare for high-stakes public speaking situations such as strategic presentations, pitches to potential investors, AGMs, media interviews and bids for new business. Paul’s unique method is based on crafting a clear message, delivering it with confidence and interacting effectively with the audience. It is the result of his international experience, in France, Europe, the Americas and Asia, and his background as editor at financial daily La Tribune, as well as 20 years teaching martial arts, and theatre acting and directing.
Tony ToddSenior Consultant
Having worked as a freelance consultant for The Message Company/Mediacoaching for almost a decade, Tony Todd joined Rumeur Publique as full-time senior consultant in April 2017. With 15 years of experience as a journalist in national and international news media in the UK and France, incluing nine years at France 24 in Paris, Tony brings a wealth of experience and a network of journalists to The Message Company/Mediacoaching, where he is responsible for the company’s fast-growing English-language business.
British journalist Vaila started out in local newspapers before moving to Paris to work for France 24, Radio France Internationale and Agence France-Presse. Along the way Vaila battled insects and potholes in Gabon to produce a bilingual magazine promoting the country to investors. Since landing in the USA in 2014, Vaila has helped the United Nations Foundation hone its messaging and managed a sideline in business intelligence reporting. Vaila is a capable media trainer, having taught firms including HSBC, PPR and Sodexo on how to handle a grilling from journalists.
Nancy is a journalist who hosted a weekly program (``French Focus``) and produced documentaries for ``Faut Pas Rêver`` and ``Thalassa`` while working for France Télévisions for 10 years. More recently, she was an adjunct university professor in public speaking at Montana State University Billings. Originally from Montana, she received her BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Studies at Princeton University and her MA from Johns Hopkins University School of International Studies. She is a certified yoga instructor and taught for the past six years.
Helen Percival has reported on news stories from around the world as a video journalist with Agence France Presse. Prior to this she worked as an anchor for France 24 in Paris, presenting live television news to global viewers. Her first experience of working in a live TV newsroom was as a reporter with financial news channel Bloomberg TV in London. She has also created reports for various BBC radio programmes. In addition, she is a professionally trained actress and singer and has performed in numerous theatrical and musical productions.
Genie is an American radio and TV journalist, presenting on the France 24 international news channel since 2006. Since arriving in France 20 years ago, she has presented segments and shows for a range of French channels, including TF1 (Exclusif and Les Enfants de la Télé), France 3 (Jules et les Filles), Europe 1, Fun Radio, TMC, TPS Star and La Chaîne Voyage. She also regularly hosts ceremonies, premieres and press conferences at events including the American Film Festival in Deauville and the Cannes Film Festival. Genie was born in Chicago, where she earned her degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.
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