Yesterday, I told you my right knee dislocated. I came home from the doctor’s office with a wrap-around cloth cast that’s cinched with tabs one finds on baby diapers. It starts mid-thigh and runs down over my kneecap and crests at the top of my ankle brace. A new fashionable look, and when I walk even Frankinstein would be jealous.
It just goes to show that even talk show hosts must be prepared for whatever happens to them during the journey of life. There are no guarantees that you’re going to do your show in one piece, that the audio equipment is going to work well, that your headphones will stay on top of your head or even that your lips get the words pronounced well enough so that he and she are distinguishable.
There are two well known thingies that every talk show host must hold near and dear to their hearts. If they do even in the worse calamity, you’ll do fine. What are they?
a. Whatever happens handle it with smile.
b. Always be prepared!
If you keep these two commandments near and dear to you that whatever happens won’t fluster you and you’ll still get the job done.
For example, I’ve been invited to a party/networking event. Solution? Told host of party that I will his house via his backyard. There’s no slope on his front lawn like his driveway is sloped. So, I can do my Frankinstein pantomime and enter his house from the backyard. He’s happy that I’m still coming. I’m happy that I’m still coming.
Saturday night invited out to see dancing. Tickets already purchased in advance. Called up the host and told him about my new leg. Right away, he called up the ticket department. They made arrangements for my host to bring a lawn chair where I will sit in the back with my leg outstretched not bothering anyone, but still enjoying the dance recital.
The same methods apply when you’re a talk show host. There are no impossible tasks that can’t be rearranged or performed if you think ahead of how you’re going to solve them.
Instead of using an audio studio, I will record at home with a make-shift studio. It work for my interviewees and that’s fine. We’ll do sound checks. Make sure the mikes are adjusted. The sound quality is there, and away we go.
It’s just for two weeks, possibly even four, but instead of canceling, see what your guests will do. Some of them are quite flexible if you give them half a chance. Explain the situation to them. Do a practice with the understanding that if the audio or the interview still doesn’t come up to their standards, we can always do a redo down the line when my leg heals.
Podcasting works pretty much the same way. That’s why when you make your plans, you always have a contingency plan available. So when shit hits the fan, you can still make your deadline without too much ado ado.
When you think about becoming a talk host, remember that you must remember flexible and like the mighty reeds, bend with the wind, not the mighty oak that comes crashing down when a big storm hits.