Underappreciated at Work? Use this mindset

When I worked at XTRA in San Diego, one of my co-workers was a legend in the sports broadcasting industry. Chet Forte had been the longtime director of Monday Night Football in the days of Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and Dandy Don Meredith. After Chet’s well-publicized gambling problems forced him off the broadcasts, he got his life in order then got back into broadcasting working as a sports talk host at our station.

Chet passed away while employed at XTRA Sports. The entire staff wanted to attend the funeral to give respect to Chet and support to his family. Chet had been great to all of us – so kind, generous, and fun. I especially enjoyed attending the high school basketball city championship with Chet, then him treating me to dinner at a nearby Black Angus streak house.

We all owed a debit of gratitude and appreciation to Chet.
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What are you doing NOW to get a football TV gig this fall?

Early last August, a football play-by-play guy asked how he should go about trying to get a job calling games in the coming season for one of the regional TV networks.

He had already made one big mistake. He waited too long.

Follow these steps if you want a shot at a football play-by-play gig on a regional TV network this fall . . .
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5 traits of great sportscasting bosses

When I was working sports radio in San Diego, I asked my program director for more hours. He replied, “We certainly like to reward the people who do the best job for us and who are hard working.”

Okay. Great. Am I one of those people?

Ask a parent to rank their kids and they never do it. It’s easy, though, to rank bosses we’ve liked and didn’t like.
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Embrace failure to grow your sportscasting career

Did you know that embracing failure can help you grow your broadcasting career?

Here’s a story to illustrate what I mean.

Recently, I recorded a Facebook Live video. I was super-excited. I had some great content to share. The camera was set up nicely. The lighting was good. Everything was perfect.

So I thought.
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4 ways to make 2018 the best year of your career

Sportscasters love making New Year’s resolutions as much as the next person. Clean slate. Better things. Brighter future. It all sounds awesome.

Here’s the catch: a resolution without a plan is only a dream.

Make a plan.

Here are four things you can do in 2018 to take a big step forward in your sports broadcasting career.
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4 less common ways to prep for your next play-by-play broadcast

A play-by-play broadcaster is wondering if he is doing all he can to prepare for his play-by-play broadcasts.

“What I would be really interested in knowing is different routines that guys use to prep for a game,” he says. “I’m always looking for ways to be better prepared but it’s hard to know what I’m not doing until I know I’m not doing it.”

Ahhh. If all of us only knew what we don’t know about all of life’s mysteries.
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