As presenters, coordinators and managers, make it a habit to look at award shows as you can glean more from them than the content.
I looked at the Golden globe last night and what stands out for me is the performance of the much-touted hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. They are truly funny and accomplished as actresses. However, I think their stint as hosts fell flat. They seem as if they were out of their league.
I'm reminded of Ellen Degeneres. She is also funny and an accomplished actress and she hosted the Academy Awards and the Grammy Awards. She was funny and definitely at home hosting these shows.
In their professions, Tina and Amy work from scripts, are in front of production and filming crews while Ellen ad-libs and is in front of a live audience every day. No wonder, Ellen seemed in her element when hosting these award shows.
Here are a couple of my observations:
- identify what you can do, want to do and shouldn't do
- before you accept a role or when asked to do something, weigh the pros and cons and decide if it's getting you closer to your goal and how you want to be perceived.
- If it's a career builder and you are not as adept as you want to be, then learn fast, practice hard and up your performance.
- the audience or listeners register more than content
On another note, take a look at this video. This is what happens when you depend on props and don't practice:
To perform better in all the roles you play, to avoid embarrassment, to be perceived as an expert in your industry, to professionally represent your company, learn how to not just inform but to always impact.
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