Tommy Kramer Tip #219 – The Listener is NOT Stupid

It’s my mission to make you the most interesting and entertaining person your listener ever hears.  I want you to have a job you love to go into each day, for you to have a successful career, and for you to have a happy life as a result.

But once in a while, as part of the process, I have to deal with things that may not be all rainbows and pixie dust in an effort to get you to be the best version of yourself on the air.  Here’s one of the potholes…

A lot of radio people apparently think the Listener is stupid.  Some examples:

“Remember, that’s Saturday, August 19th” – after you JUST SAID THAT a few seconds ago.  Beating it into the listener’s head with a mallet isn’t really a good plan.

“Get a bumper sticker for your car.”  (As opposed to what?  A bumper sticker for my microwave?)

“7:12, twelve minutes after seven.”  (GAD.  I thought we’d put this chestnut to rest a LONG time ago.  But… apparently not.)

“It’s Wednesday…”  (Thanks.  I’ve been in a coma, and was hoping someone would tell me what day it is.)  “Happy Tuesday” (something I heard on the air just yesterday) is the same kind of thing – ridiculous, because no one ever says that in real life.

I spend countless hours coaching people in how to avoid being redundant and repetitive on the air – because as long as we treat listeners like they’re stupid, we make OURSELVES sound stupid.

In actual, everyday conversations, telling a person something more than once or saying the obvious is just boring. (Or even worse, it can sound like nagging.)

When you say words that don’t matter, YOU don’t matter.  So it’s important to train yourself to say something once – really well – then move on.

About the only exception I can think of would be giving the phone number a couple of times for a contest or soliciting calls about a subject, because people may not get it the first time.

But here’s one thing you should definitely remember: EVERY listener is smart enough to push a button and find something else to listen to.

Tommy Kramer

About Tommy Kramer

Tommy has spent over 35 years as an air talent, programmer, operations manager and talent coach - working with over 300 stations in all formats. He publishes the Coaching Tip

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