The ReviewPosted: April 5, 2010
What is My Point?
If I do not get accurate critique from my performance, I will not get better. This isn’t about ego’s, it is about wanting to be great.
Why Does it Matter?
I want to be great. You cannot be great if you aren’t willing to work at it. If I don’t become better at broadcasting then I will not get another job. It is about desire and commitment.
Start with the Good
I thought the middle innings from the 3rd through the 8th went really well. The game was moving well and Dan McGloughlin was “teeing” me up with “inside the game” points.
We got a great opportunity to explain sacrifice bunting that I loved. These are the opportunities to really teach the game to fans.
Then the Bad…
The “open” is the shot with Dan and myself giving you an introduction of the game. I felt like my comments were generic. The “open” is tough because you are trying to deliver a small powerful punch, and if you aren’t covering the team every single game you really have to dig to find information. I felt like the only area I could comment on was with Texas’ previous game’s scoring. We were going to concentrate so much on pitching during the game that I wanted to use something that wasn’t going to be said 50 times.
I need to be more concise with my comments. I found myself searching for words a couple times in an attempt to be concise, but I couldn’t think of the right word to describe my thought.
I felt like I didn’t have energy at the end of the game. We were trying so hard to deliver content and it really took it out of me at the end.
How am I Going to Get Better?
When I get home I will look at the video and watch it for the first time. I will take a bunch on notes, but my comments will only be positive. Here is an example:
Let’s say that I didn’t like the way I presented a point during the game. Instead of saying, “Didn’t do blank.” I will write down. “Make sure that you do (write something positive).”
There is enough negative and negative isn’t an answer. I need to have comments that will teach me how to be better.
Once I have identified what I want to work on I will practice at home. If my point wasn’t clear in the video I will think about the situation on the field for a moment. Think about what I want to say, and then practice saying that out-loud.
I will also sit in front of a video camera and practice looking into the camera while I speak. When I am practicing I will try as best as I can to replicate a real life scenario. Here is how I do that:
I read a couple articles on a baseball team that I am not familiar with. I will take a stopwatch and give myself 10 min to figure out what to say. There will be 2 comments for about 15 seconds each. One about the home team and one about the visiting.