Do you bathe regularly?
You bathe regularly because you need to.
There are also several things you should be doing regularly to help your sports broadcasting career.
1. Consistently review your work
You will hear things no one else does. You will be your own harshest critic. Together, those things will help you improve quickly.
2. Seek critique
Others will hear things in your work that you don’t. If you are an STAA member, take advantage of the monthly STAA Group Critiques.
3. Contact someone in your network
Our blog post a couple weeks ago focused on this. I asked, “Who are the 10 people you would contact if you lost your job today.” Dig the well before you need the water.
4. Introduce yourself
When is the last time you contacted an employer for the sake of introduction rather than applying for a job? The best time to meet people is when you don’t need something from them.
5. Study others
You can pick up things from anyone, from large markets too small. Listen to other broadcasters for ideas, words, phrases and techniques.
6. Read about industry trends
You can find news from the sportscasting industry across the Internet. STAA has its own Twitter news feed @STAAnews to help you stay connected. There are also many industry websites. Make sure you’re staying current with what’s going on.
7. Listen to industry podcasts
When is the last time you listened to a podcast about the sports broadcasting industry? One of my favorites is Say the Damn Score but there are many others featuring sportscasters who have already navigated the trail you’re on. Listen to them to benefit from their wisdom and accelerate your own growth.