Ask Employers For This Instead of a Job

Molly Fletcher is one of the few women in the world of sports agents.

When she was a guest on the Brian Buffini Show podcast, she shared about her days of trying to break into the industry. She told Brian, “My goal at every meeting was to get them to like me enough and respect me enough to either help me or hire me.”

Apply that approach to your sports broadcasting career.

Ask employers for advice, not jobs.

Asking for a job puts an employer on the spot. Asking for advice puts them in the spotlight.

Don’t ask for a job. Ask for advice, and you’ll present yourself as ambitious rather than needy.

Advice from Magician and Ex-NFL Player Jon Dorenbos Will Help Your Sports Broadcasting Career

I recently read a book written by former Philadelphia Eagle turned magician, Jon Dorenbos. It’s titled Life Is Magic: My Inspiring Journey from Tragedy to Self-Discovery.

If you’re not familiar with Jon through his football career, you may have seen him on America’s Got Talent. What makes his story unique is that when Jon was about twelve years old, his father killed his mother. The book is about Jon’s lifelong journey of forgiving his father and conquering the challenges that have come with his unique life circumstances.

One of Jon’s habits will be especially beneficial to sportscasters looking to advance their careers:
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How Kobe Bryant’s Legacy Should Influence Your Sportscasting

When Kobe Bryant retired from the NBA, he was asked about his post-career plans. He replied that he wanted to write books and make documentaries.

He said he wanted to inspire through stories.

Everybody loves stories. It begins in childhood with bedtime stories, and we never really outgrow them.

There are ways you can use stories to distinguish your sportscasting.
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Why and How to Build a Good Personal Website

A sports broadcasting employer shared this story with me.

A guy arrived for a job interview wearing jeans and a polo shirt.

The outfit is a fine choice if you’re going to pick up a gallon of milk. It’s a terrible choice if you’re interviewing for a sportscasting job.

I share this story because we all have extra time on our hands until the games resume. One way to use it wisely is to build a personal website.
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6 Ways to Grow Your Sportscasting Career While Sidelined

When COVID-19 prompted the cancellation of sports, athletes didn’t stop training. They didn’t stop trying to improve themselves. You should take the same attitude with your sports broadcasting career.

Here are six ways to improve your career while sidelined.
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The Oprah Winfrey Habit That Will Improve Your Sportscasting

Two people I especially admire are Oprah Winfrey and former Philadelphia Eagle turned magician, Jon Dorenbos. I love the two because they both exude joy and gratitude.

Feeling gratitude is critical to feeling joy. Here’s why: it’s impossible to experience negative emotions like frustration, disappointment, or anger when you’re feeling gratitude.

Here are a few things you can do to feel grateful while waiting for the games – and your sportscasting career – to resume.
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Wise Ways to Invest Your Extra Time into Your Career

The San Diego Chargers had a player in the 1990s named Darren Carrington. His locker room nickname was Prison Body because he was so ripped and had washboard abs. He looked like he’d been in prison where he’d had nothing to do except work out.

He looked a lot like me.

Well, maybe not.

While I can’t promise you washboard abs, I can share ways for you to strengthen your career by wisely investing the extra time we all have on our hands right now.
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Inspiration to Fuel Sportscasting Career Success

When STAA hosted our annual One-Day Ticket to Sportscasting Success seminars, I would hear from attendees who would leave fired up and optimistic about their careers. They would hang on to that inspiration for several days, but their excitement and enthusiasm would eventually wane. That’s because – you’ve heard me say this time and again – motivation is like bathing: you have to seek it every day because it wears off.

Here are some ways to seek daily motivation and inspiration.
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Ways to Stay Sane While Waiting for the Games to Resume

My late twenties was a frustrating time in my sports broadcasting career. I wasn’t getting the opportunities I felt I deserved, and it started to affect me mentally.

One Friday night my dad and I went to a high school football game. I hadn’t shaved for a day or two, and I did not look great. Dad didn’t mention my unkempt appearance, and he even took me out to dinner after the game. (Looking back on it, I appreciate my dad’s patience during that time.)

I wish I would have known some coping mechanisms to get me through that season of frustration.
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The Journalism Masters Myth

Sportscasters experiencing frustration in the job market may wonder if a Masters degree from a broadcast journalism school could get them closer to a network-level play-by-play opportunity.

There are two benefits of getting a Masters degree from a broadcast journalism school.
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