You’ve finally made it into the big leagues. Someone noticed your talent — your unique talking style — your command of the show — your ability to deliver good programming — whatever you’ve done has convinced the powers-to-be that you’re the one.

These powers-to-be picked you because you stood heads and heels above your competition. A Golden Opportunity was dropped off on your doorsteps – appeared from out of nowhere, now, you’re finally going places.

Or are you? Going Places, I mean.

Think About it!

When someone is offered a golden opportunity, their first impulse is to say “Hot Shit,” but then fear sets in with the ‘what ifs’ category.

What if: I fail? Boss fires me? Replaces me with someone else? Cry in front of my peers? Faint? Become a spectacle? Say the wrong thing? Leave work early when I should’ve stayed?

Yes, all these phrases flit through your mind a mile a minute because fear is part of ‘that leap of faith’ people take when they’re offered a golden opportunity.

For many future talk show hosts one of the primary reasons they go on Internet radio is to be found. For someone to take notice and realized there’s more to them than meets the eye. For someone to take stock of the host’s uncanny ability in interviewing, discussing, dissecting important topics, or just speaking to the mike.

The future talk show host’s dream of becoming discovered by a major communications company is one thing, but the real importance of it all is their audience — their fans — who keep on coming back and listening to them no matter what happens.

If the host goofs, the fans will explain it away. If the host curses, the fans will say it was forced out of their host. In the fan’s eyes, their host can do no wrong. He/She is perfect. Look at the stats! Look at the numbers of additional audio that’s been added.

Look! Look! Look!

The Fear of

For many talk show hosts, the fear of something as discussed above, is always there. However there’s something worse than failing for these hosts. The possibility of not taking the offered prize sometimes outweighs the leap of faith syndrome. Not all talk show hosts are meant for stardom.

Stardom comes its own unique pleasures, good, bad or indifferent. If you’re not set up to be a pressure cooker, then I suggest you don’t consider that gold opportunity no matter how much it glitters.

Talk to other hosts who have health problems when their stress level got too high for them to handle. I use to handle my stress by stowing it in my stomach. Now, I’ve got stomach problems 20 years later.

Some hosts handle intense pressure by turning off, becoming aloof, or just plain unpleasant. Other hosts may handle it by drinking more alcohol or taking pills to soften the blow.

Determine if this golden opportunity is the right choice for you to make this time. You don’t have to take every golden opportunity when it presents itself. If you feel that it will be offered again or you can negotiate with that company for them to come at a better time, do it.

Sometimes negotiation is offered as part of the deal. Many of these companies don’t have ‘grow up’ policies attached to their golden opportunities. If you don’t believe me, remember the Olympic swimmers who recently got caught in telling a lie to the media and see what happened to them.

Remember too that not all talk show hosts want the same thing or can even handle what they have.

Golden opportunities usually come at a price: responsibility, accountability, maturity, and confidence. If you don’t possess any of these skills, now is the time to admit it, and then move on.

Know yourself William Shakespeare advises all his characters in his plays.

Do you know yourself and can you handle throwing away a Golden Opportunity?

About Lillian Cauldwell

Own and operate an Internet Talk Radio Network for 10 years, 2005 to Present Published Author of Non-Fiction Book, 1996, "Teenagers! A Bewildered Parent's Guide. Published Author of several fiction books, 2006 "Sacred Honor" and 20010 "The Anna Mae Mysteries: The Golden Treasure." Playwright of Theater of the Absurd and Black Comedies. Screenwriter, Black Comedies