Is ego holding you back?

A sportscaster friend of mine shared with me something that has turned around his career: honest self-evaluation.


More than reading books. More than attending seminars. More than studying other sportscasters, honest self-evaluation has done more than anything to impact this guy’s career.
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How you can cultivate career inspiration

Each June, dozens of sports broadcasters leave STAA’s annual One Day Ticket to Sportscasting Success seminar brimming over with enthusiasm about their careers. Everything they ever wanted to achieve seems possible. Unfortunately, for many attendees, the enthusiasm dissipates over time until eventually it is gone.

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Here’s the key: Inspiration is like bathing. You need to do it every day in order for it to have an impact.
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How to burn bridges with employers

Most job applicants feel qualified for the jobs for which they apply. Nearly as many are confident they will get it. On the occasions when they don’t, applicants might feel emotions ranging from disappointment and frustration to downright disbelief. How can this employer be so short sighted as to not see my greatness?

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Those emotions are fine. They’re understandable. I have felt some of them myself in the job market. Keep them to yourself.

Expressing your disappointment to the employer who doesn’t hire you burns bridges.
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4 tips for healing your confidence after losing a job

The most discouraging phone call of my career was in July 2003. I took that call while sitting at the desk in my home office in Carlsbad, CA. After four years of hosting Weekend AllNight on ESPN Radio, I was being replaced. I felt shock, disbelief, anger, despair, betrayal, bewilderment and a loss of confidence. Maybe I wasn’t as good as I thought. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be replacing me, right?

I was 36. I sobbed.

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After several days I was able to sort through most of my emotions. The one that remained, though, was my lack of confidence. I wondered if maybe I had been fooling management for the past four years. Maybe they never listened to the show. After all, it aired in the middle of the night on weekends. Maybe when they finally listened, they realized it sucked. Or maybe the person who hired me thought of weekend overnights as a throwaway shift. When new management came in, I reasoned, they put new emphasis on the time slot and thought I wasn’t good enough.
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What to do when your career isn’t unfolding as planned

There is a veteran play-by-play broadcaster in the Midwest. We’ll call him Scott Cameron (that’s not his real name but for the sake of this story that’s what we’ll call him).


Cameron was very excited this spring to learn that three NCAA Division 1 football and basketball play-by-play jobs were opening. He had honed his craft, built his resume, and paid his dues.
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This story is about how NOT to network

How often do people tell you to network for sportscasting success?

Regular followers of STAA know that I try to avoid the word networking. Instead, I talk about relationship building. Networking often implies “what can you do for me.” Relationship building is about “what can I do for you.”

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How to create more time in your day

I don’t have time.

How often do you say that to yourself about building your sportscasting career?

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  • I’d love to assemble a fabulous application for that job, but I don’t have time.
  • I’d love to freshen up my demo but I don’t have time.
  • I’d love to write a great cover letter but I don’t have time.
  • I’d love to self-critique my work but I don’t have time.
  • I’d love to study other sportscasters but I don’t have time.

168 hours in a week is a lot. “I don’t have time” really means “this isn’t a high enough priority for me.”
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How to avoid one of the toughest career decisions

Jamelle Holloway was the best option QB I ever watched. When he was running Oklahoma’s attack in the 1980s it was must-see TV. As I watched in awe, I wondered how Holloway chose on each play whether to keep the ball or pitch it. It turns out that he didn’t have to make the decision – the defense made it for him. If the end stays wide, keep it. If the end collapses, pitch it. Easy.

Avoid this tough career decision

For sportscasters, planning their career path can seem like running the option. The current glut of major college play-by-play openings is forcing some minor league baseball broadcasters to choose between that and Division I football and basketball.

How do you choose?
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