As a media coach I get a lot of questions about using food and props on TV and video segments.  This is the first in a series of “How-To” videos on media and communications skills. 

Using visuals effectively can make the difference between a good segment and a great segment.  Food and props should be carefully chosen to enhance your messages.  Here are some of my favorite tips to get you started.  Get organized, be creative and have fun!

For more food/prop ideas, check out these pics of some of my past segments, or check out some clips on my media page.  And be sure to check out my blog post on “Deconstructing a TV segment“!

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  1. Chad on September 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Nicely done. Love the use of towels and colors. Bringing the visuals is crucial, especially when you are doing a segment before most sane people are up on a Saturday morning.

    If you are talking about how beautiful food, proof is in the seeing.

  2. admin on September 18, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks Chad! 🙂

  3. Jen on September 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Great job Melissa! So true about the three placemats to match your messages and not lugging heavy glass dishes (I’ve broken some once!)…this is awesome for RDNs in media!


  4. admin on September 18, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks Jen! Please share this with your RDN friends 🙂

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