As an author of a managing fear book, I have been on a few TV and Radio Programs. Being on TV or on radio can be very exciting, however many people get anxious and sometimes fearful in being in the media spot light. Here are some suggestions for those people who get anxious when going on TV or The Radio.
I found that best way to manage the stresses of being on TV and Radio is to know what your goals are that you want to accomplish by being in the spot light. Having goals or tasks you want to accomplish will give you the motivation to go forward and to tackle any fears you may have. A person who is motivated and knows what he or she wants to accomplish will be better able to deal with their anxieties and fears of being in the media spot light than someone who has no plan or purpose.
As an author, I never know who will call me in regards to the media. Therefore, it Is important to develop some kind of plan on how you will work with the media. Once you develop some kind of plan, the next step is to carry it out when you get the call. Be consistent on how you present yourself and what you say. For example, you have to do 4 interviews in the next six months. Make sure that what you say is consistent on each interview. Don’t give 4 completely different answers to the same question.
One of the most common fears of being on TV or Radio is what If you mess up and everyone sees you. Well the first thing is to practice your interview with someone you know before going live. Secondly, follow the advice of various professionals. I also find that talking to the professionals and experts about your fears is the best way in overcoming them. These people will be able to give you additional advice on how to overcome your specific fears when being in the media spotlight.
When I am on TV or Radio, I tend to separate my personal life from the reason why I am on the show. It is not good to tell everyone who is watching the show the details of your personal life. Keep your social life private and focus on talking about your product. If someone asks about your social life then be brief but don’t go into specifics.
Be careful on what you say when you are in the interview. The media and your fans will be eager to jump on anything that raises any question marks. Play it safe and don’t say anything that will cause problems down the road.
Before going on the show take deep breaths, listen to some music, or read some positive statements. Take things one step at a time. A mental health counselor can give you additional advice on your specific fears and anxieties. Remember that all you can do is to do your best, hope for the best, and take things in stride. Proper planning and using commonsense can go a long way in preventing a lot of problems.
Stan Popovich is the author of "A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods" - an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/