October 18, 2016The Stage
"On the air!"
Remember when this was a dream?
Remember how nervous you were the first time, the panic, the anxiety?
You survived that first shift. You made mistakes, but learned. Improved. Found your own unique voice.
You've done well. You're on a big stage now. Confident. Assured.
Tens of thousands here, for you.
Take one moment before you go on the air today.
Close your eyes.
See yourself looking out from the front of this big stage you command, at all those people.
They have come to you today, dealing with the best, and the worst, that life serves to each of us: parents aging, kids achieving, pets dying, marriages ending, love surprising...
They have come, to you, today, despite all other alternatives, needing, hoping, worrying, trusting, wanting to believe...
October 11, 2016The Value Of Discontent
It has a purpose. Discontent without specifics is nothing more that complaining, and every office and organization has too much of that. But focused discontent, discontent with a purpose, a goal to change something, is your station's friend. Complacency sets in ...
October 4, 2016More Or Less?
How to become #1... It may seem obvious, but the way to mass success is to generate really strong positive passion from your content. It's more important that 100 listeners love you, can't imagine a day without hearing you, than that 1,000 listeners sort-of like ...
September 27, 2016The Top-10 Traits Of Successful People
One of the mysteries of consolidated radio is how we define those whom we label "successful." Earning million dollar bonuses for laying off hundreds or thousands of people doesn't feel "successful" to me, especially since I know many of those who have lost their jobs ...
September 20, 2016The Perfect Radio Show
It's very difficult to explain intangibles without using metaphors. It's one reason coaching radio talent is so difficult. Athletic coaching is almost always about mechanics and technique. Acting coaches rely on training you to find and release what is already inside ...
September 13, 2016Choices
We always have the choice to give more than is asked, or even expected of us. We can be more vulnerable than is prudent. We can risk going deeper, longer; risk rejection, public failure, looking stupid. We can wear hope like a medal despite setbacks and ...
September 6, 2016Sometimes, Life Is Hard
It's hard to bring the same enthusiasm and energy to work you know you're over-qualified to do. And today, many of us are in that very situation. If Radio hasn't locked you out, you've been relegated to the room saved for those who cannot think, cannot question, ...
August 30, 2016Silence Is Golden
Every effective communicator knows the value of silence, the pauses that draw us to pay even closer attention. Today, we are bombarded with sound virtually 24 hours a day. Some of us even need it to sleep, so addicted are we to noise. I have always believed that God ...
August 23, 2016How Could You?
You'll have lots of reasons not to try what I'm about to suggest. This may take five minutes, and you're not allowed to go longer than 90 seconds. This isn't your kind of content. You're about funny, not serious. It doesn't fit your format. It doesn't fit your ...
August 16, 2016Out Of Time
It's our choice, nothing else... A few years ago, I posted The Story, a piece about the journey that began in the early 1800s and culminated in the second inauguration of Barack Obama. A client of many years, someone who has become a close friend, e-mailed me to say ...