Tommy Kramer Coaching Tip #483: Everything You Say…

This may be an uncomfortable thought, but everything you say reveals something about you – whether you want it to or not.

If you’re in touch with the reason TO say it, you have a good chance of its being received as genuine, and digested by the listener as something worth hearing.  If you’re not, and you’re just “trying to get done with it,” that will be felt by the listener, too.

I had a morning team once that insisted on prerecording every break they did into the Voxpro device they used for phone calls, and then playing it back on the air a few minutes later EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE SITTING IN THE CONTROL ROOM and could have done it live.

That, of course, is silly.  I’m not knocking voice tracking, but that’s a different animal.  I’m talking about being right there in the room and still choosing to be one step removed from live performance.  Their excuse was, “We want it to be perfect,” which, of course, is unattainable, and made them sound just a little unnatural.

And obviously, their saying that to me revealed a lot about them, whether they meant it to or not.

Real people flub words, breathe, and don’t “announce” when they ask you to pass the salt.

As a talent, never fear stepping into the spotlight and delivering.  That’s why you got into radio in the first place, because you can do that.  So be you, and be right here, right now, working without a net.  Even mistakes reveal something about you.


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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