You Are Not The Life Of The Party
By Cheval John
As I turned the television channel to a show on a respected national network, I saw that someone had filled in for the host, who was probably on assignment.
As the show was going on, I was feeling a moment of disgust because the fill-in host was being disrespectful to the guests and the correspondents.
As the show was about to finish, I turned the channel.
If you are aspiring to be a television journalist, a sports reporter, radio show host or podcaster, you should avoid doing these two things that the “host” did during the interview.
1. Interrupt The Guest/s
As they were discussing major events and the guests were sharing their opinion, the host was interrupting the guest/s.
Not only is that unprofessional, but downright rude.
2. Speaking Over The Correspondent/s
As the correspondent/s was sharing “breaking news,” the host was cutting off both of the correspondents almost every second.
I could have imagined they were thinking, “This person does not have any courtesy or respect.”
When someone is sharing information with their audience, you should have the courtesy to listen to what they have to say.
The reason is because they might share some nuggets of wisdom that could allow you to follow up with another question.
If you go out and do what the “host” did, you might not last long in your career.
As the saying goes, “You Are Not The Life Of The Party.”