When do you know as a future Internet talk show host that your stint will turn into a career?
Many future Internet talk show hosts often ask themselves is this a permanent part of my career or am I just doing it because? And, they leave the word because defining who they are or why they are on Blog Talk Radio, Artist First, or Voice America.
There’s no one good answer to that question; however, I will give you some tips that might help you over the fence.
When you do your show no matter how physically ill or uncomfortable you might feel. Take it from me. When I started Passionate World Radio Network little did I know that I would show up for work every day and do my interviewing every single day that I could book one. Not only that, but when guests fail to arrive for their show, I still did the interview without them. When you consistently show up to do your program after one or two years, you’ll realize that it’s in your blood. In other words, you are meant to do this.
Preparing materials for the show is no longer an onerous task, but a task you welcome. You might even whistle as you work when you do your research on or off line. You make the time to do this research. You do it willingly. It’s no longer a task that you want to finish and move on to greener pastures. Nope, you want to make a difference. The only way to make a difference is know what you’re going to say, how you’re going to say, and say it in such a way that your ideal listening audience will appreciate your efforts and tell you so.
You start selecting and then choosing who you want to appear on your show. Not just anybody will do. You want people who are considered experts in their field. People who will be of interest to your listening audience and provide value to them. You don’t want windbags. You don’t want self idolizers. You want genuine people who can add to what you’re saying so that all your shows are worth the time it takes to produce and record them.
You start thinking of your audience and what they want to hear. You take surveys. You provide quizzes. You answer their comments when they provide them. You include them as part of your program — to make them feel special. They are special. These people are what drives you to perform better and to give them a show that they won’t soon forget.
You are what your audience, guests, and research makes of you. It’s a matter of participation and reciprocation. One can’t exist without the other. When you realize this, then you have reached the pinnacle of Internet talk show host success. Welcome to the wide world of Broadcast Media!