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Greasan Na Mean Skillnet
This free ten-part online course is designed to explore and develop your powers of communication, on screen and off, and to realise your full potential.

Grow your confidence and your career through practical exercises and tailor-made take out. One to one’s with a director to encourage, help you develop - find out the do’s and don’ts and where you can improve which is invaluable. 

Challenge yourself to edit your essence and pitch you with the impact you desire and deserve. Focus on, fine tune and film your progress as you write and present your best self. You are what people want. Learn how to engage them.  

Gréasán na Meán Skillnet are a Network of Skillnet Ireland this (and more) courses are able to be free of charge because of the swift action of Skillnet Ireland who put in place supports to help people reskill, up skill, and support all business sectors in Ireland given the current crisis. 

What do you need? 

A computer or tablet with access to Zoom (don’t worry if you haven’t used it before we can guide you through). A smartphone - so you can film and edit yourself. 

Course Schedule: 

  • Monday 22nd  February -     10.00am - 11.30am 
  • Monday 22nd February -     2.00pm - 3.30pm (2 sessions on the first day sets us up for an exciting course and starts us out with a bang!) 
  • Tuesday 23rd February    10.00am - 11.30am
  • Wednesday 24th February    10.00am - 11.30am
  • Thursday 25th February    10.00am - 11.30am
  • Friday 26th  February - 10.00am - 11.30am
  • Monday 1st  March - 9.30am-4.30pm  (All day technical session to get the skills to shoot and edit yourself)
  • Tuesday 2nd March - 10.00am - 11.30am (Plus a 30min one-to-one session for each of you) - Wednesday 3rd March - no session (you’ll be shooting and editing your show-reel)
  • Thursday 4th March  - 30 min one-to-one sessions each (we’ll schedule these with you)
  • Friday 5th March - 10.00am - 11.30am - final session where we’ll set you free into the world with your new set of skills, knowledge and confidence. 


The course is being conducted by multi-disciplined creative, John FD Northover. One of the UK and Ireland’s most innovative and experienced directors, Northover has helped devise and finesse some of our most popular television. Uniquely creative with a deep understanding of format and content this BAFTA and Emmy award-winning multi-camera director is at home in all genres be it: Panel Show (Have I Got News for You, If I Ruled the World); Prime Time (The Dame Edna Treatment, The Charlotte Church Show); Comedy (Whose Line is it Anyway? 3 Non Blondes); Children’s (Harry Hill’s Shark Infested Custard); Factual (Embarrassing Bodies Live from The Clinic; The Farm Fixer); or Food (Gordon Ramsay Cookalong Live; The F Word).

His recent RTE credits include: Future Island, The Style Counsellors, 50 Years to The Moon and Back, Big Week on the Farm, Growing Up Live, and Weather Live. John’s ability to inspire and motivate makes him an ideal mentor and, in the last three years, he has devised and run training courses for Greasan na Mean and NI Screen.

The course is funded through the Skills Connect programme. More information about Skillnet Ireland & the Skills Connect programme can me found here.

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