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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...

7 Important Talent Coaching Skills

The best PDs invest time in coaching talent in relatively short, frequent, non-confrontational meetings. Coaching sessions should combine praise for positive behavior with advice to strengthen skills. It shouldn't be like going into combat....

Steal This Method For Talent to Aircheck Themselves

As job descriptions evolve, duties and tasks pile up. That's especially true for program directors. In many cases, a good programmer is overseeing several stations and performs one (or more) shows. That's even happening...

Coaching Talent: Keep Personalities Off The Emotional Rollercoaster

Personalities who feel good about themselves are more successful. There's no study that proves this theory, but in working with thousands of radio personalities, I am convinced it's true. That's why strong management works...

Are You A Programming Fixer? Fix Yourself First

I was a programming fixer. And you probably are, too. It's understandable. If only there were a magic wand that would produce the exact sound in our heads. The problem is executing the vision...

Coaching Talent: How To Avoid Familiarity Bias

If you’re like most people, you’re a human being. How’s that for an opening line that is inarguable? Being human means you’re biased. That doesn’t make you a bad person. It just means you...

Coaching Talent: How To Set Goals

Every radio show should constantly work toward a goal. And every programmer should build a radio station creatively and methodically to reach higher levels of performance. Successful programmers learn to set goals for radio...

Effective Talent Coaching Demands Customized Feedback

I was working with a new morning show consisting of a very intelligent, polished, and accomplished entertainer with little radio experience and a host learning how to transition from DJ to personality. The show...
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