The LSU women’s basketball team spent Thursday afternoon in the PMAC media room learning media training tips from Dr. Shirley White.
White focused most of the training on overall communication that can be translated to an interview, class presentation or public appearance. White said she covers more than the media interview because communication is a skill these players will need long after they leave LSU.
White said proper knowledge of public speaking could enhance the brand of the individual Lady Tigers not only as student-athletes but also as public figures in the community.
The training, which included mock interviews, gave the team hands-on practice, forced the players to consider how others perceive them and brainstormed ways to overcome anxiety.
Senior guard Jeanne Kenney said every team should have similar sessions to advise players – whether it’s saying the right things at the right times or simply not speaking out of emotion.
“Every school needs to go through media training,” Kenney said. “You need to learn the ins and outs of these things. You need to know what to say and when to say it.”
Freshman guard Raigyne Moncrief said it is very helpful for a new player to learn how to handle media interviews before the season starts.
“We’ll be well prepared when we get in front of people,” Moncrief said. “It helped me know what to say and when to say it. I think I’ll be prepared for the interviews especially because they constantly work with us and test us.”
The week before, the team participated in an etiquette lesson. In the etiquette lesson, the team learned dining etiquette, handshakes, proper introductions and email etiquette.
Kenney said when head coach Nikki Caldwell joined the program in 2011, she wanted to teach the team etiquette. Kenney said the team originally laughed at the idea of etiquette lessons, but after the lessons the team went to dinner and consciously thought about what was taught during the lessons.
“It’s implanted and it’s in our heads now,” Kenney said. “That’s a really good thing especially trying to become better people.”