Michael Rowland and Lisa Millar are co-hosts on ABC News Breakfast, fronting a live TV audience every weekday morning for 3 hours. In this candid interview Michael and Lisa discuss tips on presenting both live and to a camera, how to improve interviewing technique, building a high performing team, why Michael dislikes the word ‘chemistry’, questions they have always wanted to ask each other, the importance of healthy conflict and diversity in thinking, staying healthy and fresh doing shift work, the importance of focusing on mental health/fitness, and what Michael is going to do ‘when he grows up.’
Lisa Millar is a parkrun fanatic who grew up on a dairy farm in Kilkivan and as a child spent time watching her politician father in question time at Parliament House.
Lisa previously worked as a foreign correspondent for ABC News based in London and Washington DC. Her memoir, Daring to Fly, shares overcoming a fear of flying, re-examining her childhood, and finding the joyful feeling in moments.
Michael Rowland is an enthusiastic swimmer, self-proclaimed introvert, and passionate supporter of the Western Bulldogs AFL team. He has a borderline photographic memory and is the master of live-TV dad jokes. Michael is ABC’s senior network presenter and previously worked as North America correspondent. His recently published book Black Summer covers stories of loss, courage and community from the 2019-2020 bushfires.
In this episode Andrew, Lisa and Michael talk about:
5:00 Preparing for interviews
10:00 Tips on presenting digitally
17:00 Healthy conflict
19:00 Lisa and Michael’s favourite interviews
27:00 Interviews that didn’t go so well
30:35 preparing 1 story for 7 years
35:30 5 questions about Michael and Lisa
45:00 How Michael and Lisa spend their day
55:35 Dealing with online abuse
1:00:45 Michael’s purpose
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