The Anatomy of Feedback

It is important not to operate in a vacuum. For a start, you can’t breathe! Getting some feedback and critique is good, but also has to be right, delivered effectively and accepted in the right mindset. Presenters used to say they wanted feedback. All too often they wanted just praise. Its understandable and I’m makingContinue reading “The Anatomy of Feedback”

The Art Of The Tease

There are a few things which don’t change. The sun comes up at the start of the day, it sets at the end of the day, it gets colder in winter and warmer in summer and promoting something is always worthwhile and seldom overdone. From the first time I ever stepped foot into a radioContinue reading “The Art Of The Tease”

Stop assuming!

When you assume you make an ASS out of U and ME. Thats how the cliche goes! Assuming listener knowledge or interest is something which I have forever been pointing out to presenters, producers and programmers in pretty much every coaching session for as long as I can remember. Its fairly basic, but I absolutelyContinue reading “Stop assuming!”

Invest in the future.

Its my personal belief that those who are in a position of any kind, owe it to the future of whatever industry they are in, to help people get into their particular industry. I blog about radio and audio, so lets get specific- if you work in radio or audio now, what are you doingContinue reading “Invest in the future.”

It comes down to prep…

Everybody SHOULD know that you perform better when you do some prep. Its almost cliche to point it out, but still I see and hear evidence of a lack of prep. Now please understand, some prep is better than no prep, but a lot of people are not doing enough. Firstly lets just map outContinue reading “It comes down to prep…”

Another thing about radio…

Last week I posted about the power and impact of RADIO. For a medium which has been around for so long, its ability to garner an audience is unrivalled. Radio presentation takes a skill and understanding in order to be successful. The best radio presenters think like programmers- so they don’t just present, they thinkContinue reading “Another thing about radio…”

Boring is important

Rather like a dog when seeing a squirrel, its easy to be come distracted by something bright, fast-moving and new. Getting bored all too quickly with the usual day to day stuff, or fetching the ball, or simply walking to heel home. I understand the desire, the urge and the need to go play withContinue reading “Boring is important”

Do something that scares you!

I can’t remember where I was or when it was that someone said this phrase to me the first time. I have a feeling it was in a meeting, or a training session (there were a lot of them in the GWR/GCap days). It’s something which has stuck with me from that very first timeContinue reading “Do something that scares you!”

Content for short attention spans

The typical attention span is now apparently EIGHT SECONDS. At least that’s what was part of a click-bait headline in 2017 and appears to have been mirrored and quoted several times since, and here I am potentially doing the same. Irrespective of whether the 8 second headline is true or not, you don’t need aContinue reading “Content for short attention spans”

Transmission isn’t reception

Making things simple is hard. Ironically, it is complex. The greatest advances come from making things simpler or easier. You can be a rock star at work, just by simplifying a process, adding some form and simplicity into a complex environment… but it isn’t always easy. The same is true of human communication. Make itContinue reading “Transmission isn’t reception”