Tommy Kramer Coaching Tip #479: Next, Free Time, and Reminder – Team Show Communication

Having coached over 300 team shows, and doing 5 different team shows in my career, I can tell you that true team show communication is often elusive, or sometimes erratic.  Let me help you with that.

The minute you close the mic at the end of a break, talk about what you’re going to do next.  Lay it out, who’ll do what, etc. then go about your business.  It’s free time now, to do whatever you want – talk to each other more (always a good idea), just have a little silent time, check your email… whatever.

Then with about a minute left before you’re going to go on the air again, everything stops.  And you briefly go over what you had planned again – who’s going to start, etc.

This is SO easy, and it makes all the difference.  You don’t talk each other to death and get bored with each other, and you don’t build in little resentments like “What did he mean by that?  He was just staring out the window while I was talking to him.”

That little amount of planning, then free time, then taking a moment to go over the plan again, will give you a relaxed focus.  Try it.


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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