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6 Reasons Aircheck Sessions Suck, and How to Fix It

How often have you spent an entire aircheck session plotting an emergency escape? Most aircheck sessions suck for both the PD and talent. Everyone hates meetings, especially creative people, and aircheck meetings are often...

Coaching Talent: Praise With Accountability

Coaching talented performers to engage audiences effectively is tricky. Providing positive feedback with praise is the foundation of good coaching, but without balancing it with the responsibility for growth, what's the point? Just as...

Coaching Talent: Feedback Must Be Clear

Dogs can be taught to understand short commands. When training a puppy, feedback must be clear, with simple instructions: Sit. Down. Come. Stay. Leave it. Take it. Most humans realize the importance of consistent,...

Coaching Talent: The Big But Syndrome

The Big But Syndrome is a real thing. No, it's not the trap guys get from women when they ask how they look in these jeans. Coaching talent requires a delicate balance of instruction,...

Coaching Talent: Catch Them Doing Something Good

Managing talent isn't that complicated. Most are easy to get along with. Some are more difficult than others, but the recipe is the same. When talented performers connect a reward (praise) to a specific,...

Personalities: Be Proactive To Get Feedback

A common complaint from radio personalities is desiring more feedback than they receive from managers and program directors. It's true! Most programmers believe talents hate aircheck meetings but they only hate negative sessions. But...

How To Aircheck Recycling

Airchecks are usually tedious, only a bit more fun than dental surgery. But they don’t have to be. It takes time, commitment, and creativity, just like a great radio show. Recycling is good for...

Coaching Talent: How To Inspire Personalities In a Rut

Ask any sports coach, teacher, or parent about their biggest challenge, and it won't take long to hear something about working with unmotivated people. Add the radio program director to that list, too. It's...

Positive Coaching Leads To Positive Results (Usually)

Every broadcaster wants a positive relationship with the stars on the radio station. Of course! A good relationship is much more enjoyable than one filled with tension and distrust. But when problems arise, how...

Ask The Experts Question: Coaching Talent Through Mistakes

Question for Ask The Experts: My morning show drives me up the wall. They keep making the same mistakes over and over. I feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Do you think I...
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