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.
(NB: This post was originally written for the Student Radio Association)
This is probably an odd blog post. Initially, the SRA wanted people to write about their jobs in radio and the sort of things they get up to. I’ll do that a little bit of course, but really I want to write about people, because people are awesome. Listening to people is incredible.
I wonder if you’ve ever stopped to consider the news?
That’s an odd question to ask but in recent years the format of what news is, against what it potentially should be, has changed a lot. A quick Google search for the definition of news tells us that it’s:
“Newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events”
“A person or thing considered interesting enough to be reported in the news.”
News is something that surrounds our lives. It’s what allows us to stay connected to the world around us; whether that’s within our families and circles of friends, or something that’s happened internationally. It’s also taken on lots of different forms; local news, regional news, national news, international new, showbiz news, music news, business news… the list goes on and on, and that’s no bad thing. People that want a specific subject can get it at the touch of a button or on a 24 hour rolling news channel on TV.
The thing I’d like to get to the bottom of though, is what exactly is news in 2016?
“Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
That’s a phrase radio and every single task we do as beings on this planet lives and dies by.
- Forget to buy milk. You don’t get breakfast.
- Don’t plant seeds. Harvests won’t grow.
- Didn’t read the map. You’ll probably get lost.
You get the idea.
Everyday I have to prepare a radio programme and everyday I have to assume that it won’t go to plan. It sounds a bit cynical to think like that, but assuming that what you’ve prepared will get you through an entire show without a hitch is not the smartest move to make.