I’m not a great television presenter.
I’m only good at doing the bare minimum.
I can’t talk, I can only speak, I have to be on my toes and I have no time to think.
But there is a new breed of television presenter, who can talk and act as a good representative for the game in all its myriad forms.
I’ve had the privilege to witness their talent and insight, and I am confident they can make it work in the broadcast booth.
Here’s what I need to know.
I like to know the players on the pitch I can watch the game from.
I’ll ask them questions about their lives and the team and how they are feeling.
I won’t ask them to read a transcript of a game.
I don’t want to hear a game breakdown.
I want to watch the match and feel it for myself.
This is the kind of television that’s hard to find.
I also want to be able to hear the commentators, including the broadcasters.
I think this is the biggest challenge in broadcasting: the ability to hear what is being said, even if it’s not from me.
The most important thing is to have the right people in the right place.
I need the right team, the right mood, the best set-up and the right equipment.
I have also learned a great deal about the broadcasting profession from watching the likes of Alan Hansen, Michael Schumacher and Michael Owen.
They all speak their minds and it’s hard not to get emotional.
There are many, many more of these types of broadcasters than I have ever met.
I hope to share some of the tips I’ve learned with you, so you too can become one.
First, do what you’re good at: the job, the personality and the talent.
Second, be prepared to have a good chat.
You’ll be amazed at the depth of knowledge and insight they bring to the table.
And finally, if you’re not prepared to spend a couple of hours at the end of the broadcast, you may as well just watch it on TV.
Do I need you to go to the studio?
Do I want you to sit at the back of the room?
It doesn’t matter.
I just want you at the table, right now.
You can do this from anywhere in the world, anytime, anywhere.
If you want to work out what you need to do to prepare, it’s probably best to do that before you watch the programme.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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