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Lessons Learned: Radio Debut

Lessons Learned: Radio Debut

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Yesterday afternoon I made my radio debut on WGSO 990 AM…you can listen to the podcast posted on the show’s website While I have been doing internet radio shows on BlogTalk Radio for a couple of years and I also prepared for the show…there is nothing like actually doing the real thing to learn how to get it right.

Much like the first time I stepped on stage to compete…I was prepared but had no way to be truly prepared since I had never experienced being on stage, in the bright lights, in my posing suits, in front of an audience and judges before. Same was true about yesterday.

I definitely had the jitters for the first segment of the show, when Rudy the producer told me I was on…I got the full rush of the impact of what was happening. I also had the live webcast rolling for the world to watch.

I’m not exactly “happy” with my performance but I’m also not beating myself up about it – I know better and I know there’s no value in it.  The value is in being realistic and evaluating what went well and what needs improvement. What matters is I know I can be really good at this through working harder at it and fixing my shortfalls before the next show.  Ironically…that’s what the show IS about.  I’m on the air to teach people that very mindset I’ve developed and am now going to leverage to improve my own performance.

So here are my top lessons learned

Keep the Topic Narrow – I did my first show on…basically myself. Introducing myself and the show and while obviously this is a topic I know inside and out – it’s WAY too broad of a topic.  I found myself going off on tangents and rabbit holes.  Once you are too far off the beaten path…coming back is difficult and staying coherent is next to impossible. I had practice some awesome one liners – I used NONE of them. I should have written those down.

Rhythm and Timing – Good radio as it turns out has a lot to do with having proper rhythm and timing. On Internet radio, you basically talk for whatever amount of time your show is – real radio is done in segments.  You have to properly close the segment before a commercial, return to the segment and segue to what you want to talk about next.

I did not do that well at all yesterday because I really didn’t realize what it would be like and second, I was focusing on the webcasting during the commercials so I wasn’t taking any time to regroup my thoughts.

Minimize the Multi-Tasking – I want to make full use of social media during my show…but I’m gonna have to be very careful about how much multi-tasking I do.  Priority is to create a great show. Everything else is secondary. When the show gets popular it will be impossible to handle it all and I will need someone else to run the social media during the show. Thankfully, my friend Patrick was in the Blog.Tv chat room answering questions.  Will start looking for an intern now!

I’m extra excited about next week’s show now since I will be better prepared and I know what to expect!

Be sure to tune-in!

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  • I got your back. The nice part of about having an intern or anybody is that they don’t have to be there. They can be anywhere in the work watching. You should also have them promoting leading up to the show and during the show. That way you can be full in the moment when talking. When I had my radio show I had my wife in the studio managing everything online. She rarely (if ever) said anything on the air. She also kept on eye on the camera view and would adjust the laptop if things looked odd.

    Go Team Ann !

    • I will definitely work on finding someone. It’s not something I want to put on the station producer. I really appreciate you making me realize this is something I have to look into – staying focused on the show/talking has to be where my focus is and remains.

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