As we all move into this uncharted territory and waters of home working and isolated living, I’ve drafted up a few quick thoughts to help you cope.
• If you’re working from home then make sure you stick to a routine; get up as if you were going out the front door and making your way to work. It’s really easy to find distractions around the house that stop you from doing what you’re supposed to be doing, but if you carry on as normal you’ll get over this hurdle quickly.
Let’s be honest…. we’re all human, and with that comes the frailty of not being perfect, which in turn means that we make mistakes.
You can’t run away from it. It’s a fact. At some point in your life you’ll make a mistake. Whether that’s in your professional or personal life – you will make an error at some point.
What sets you apart from the pack though, is how you overcome it.
Traffic and travel reports sound so easy don’t they? You hear lots of people saying “I could do that….” but have you ever thought about the art of reading or even writing a travel bulletin? When people ask me about going out and getting on air experience as a presenter or jock, I sometimes point them to traffic and travel bulletin reading as a starting point. It’s not an area which most people think about when being on air, but it’s a great place to begin because it helps to focus the mind on unpacking and delivering short pieces of information.
I’ve dived into the brave new world of freelancing…again. It’s been 3 months since I’ve taken the plunge and it’s been quite the journey where so many doors have opened up that I wouldn’t have expected.
Now that I have a spare moment, I thought it might be useful to share some of my experience and tips since starting back up as a freelancer to help you with those first steps, regardless of your career :
Get organised. Seriously, like, really organised. I don’t mean buy a nice pen, note pad and some biscuits. I mean, you will need those things eventually, but start a spreadsheet and get an accountant – there’s more on this below – don’t put it off, in fact do it before you even begin freelancing – get your ducks in a row before you start.
I was delighted to be asked by the Suffolk business support service ‘Menta’ to write a short introductory piece about podcasts and new businesses / start-ups recently. You can find out more about Menta here. The aim was to help inform new business owners about podcasting and make them think about whether it’s the right step for a new venture so early on in their business.
So You’re Thinking About Starting A Podcast?
Everyone’s doing it nowadays aren’t they? Podcasting is very much here to stay and there’s a podcast available on practically any subject you can think of, and even ones on things you dare not think about. But is a podcast right for you and your business?
When an event as tragic as the Manchester bombing takes place the world stops and watches. This is an insight into my day as a radio producer from 23rd May 2017, a day after the Manchester bombing.
I’ve held off posting this until now as it didn’t seem appropriate to do that so close to the event, or the ones which followed it in the UK which also saw loss of life. I would also note that this isn’t a post to glorify what has happened or the show, but hopefully a useful guide for programme makers and those interested in the media of what happens in a production house when something so tragic like this happens.
Usually I spend a few hours editing audio, writing in and out lines; throw aheads, trails and pointers for online listen agains, promos and music reference points.
Today we had a technical malfunction in the office with all our computers, and it makes you realise just how much we rely on technology working.