A few years back when I first got into TV hosting, I encountered a real personal dilemma. I had previously been on-the-air doing news for almost 6 years. This experience allowed me to develop a real ease on-camera and a confidence in my ability to speak to the audience.
But then it happened. My first few days on the air as a “host,” I found myself feeling awkward and stiff. It didn’t make any sense to me. How could I have been so confident and then suddenly get the jitters about being on-air?
The truth is we all will all go through this in many different areas and times of our lives. For a while we’ll do something long enough that we become very familiar with it, and as a result very good at it. Take a sport for instance. I played volleyball for 16 years and practiced and played all the time. But if you asked me to step on a basketball court, I would feel very out of place.
What we must all understand about being on TV is that no matter what you’ve done or where you come from, you’ve developed a special set of skills that only you can showcase. No matter how dynamic or how foolish you think those skills might be, they are who you are and what makes you unique.
Think about some of the most popular hosts on TV today. Almost none of them fit that all-american persona that defines exactly what a host is. Each one of them is really great at being themselves and they are not afraid to let the world see that. So if you want to get good at something, get good at being yourself and learn to trust your instincts.
There are 2 elements that will help you do this:
– Inner trust
Really they are one in the same. Confidence is your ability to fully depend upon yourself to create something that is dependable. Because if you don’t have confidence, you’ll create an undependable persona.
Think about the world of dating. One of the most attractive personality traits to any member of the opposite sex is confidence. You know when someone walks into a room if they have confidence or not. Their chin is held high, shoulders back, they smile effortlessly. All these attributes create a swagger that seems to take over a room. Now take that same thought process and think about someone turning on the TV to watch you. Do you come across as confident and in control, or timid and a little gun-shy?
As you continue to develop your brand, take time to learn and trust who and what you are. If you are a jock, a nerd, a fashion buff, a foodie or just a “nobody” with a big personality, guess what? Every single one of those would qualify you to be a host. All you have to do is show the world why they should watch you.