The 8 Essential Skills You Need to Be An Awesome Broadcaster

By Jack Barnes

Within the broadcasting industry there are both television and radio stations whose job it is to share worthwhile content with their audiences. Normally the content consists of music, news, current affairs and entertainment, but you will also find that there’s other kinds of broadcasts too. Lots of people would like to work in this industry, but the problem is that it can be difficult to find your footing and start a career path.

Transcription services often work with various media companies, and Alphabet Secretarial have  taken note of some of the key skills and qualities that are required to be successful in the field. If you’re interested in working as a broadcaster, take a look at these eight essential skills highlighted below.

Work Well in a Team

There are many crucial components that need to work cohesively to make a broadcast successful. From the presenter to the floor manager and producer, each member must have the right motivation and work well as a team to make sure everything runs smoothly.


Work Well Under Pressure

You don’t know pressure until you’ve worked in media.

The media industry is driven by deadlines. As stories, whether they’re political, social interest, sport or entertainment-centred, change constantly, it adds additional pressure to meeting those deadlines.

Therefore, it’s important that all members of a team can handle that pressure and get things done within the time frame.


Someone Who Enjoys Research

Anyone aiming to work as a broadcast journalist should enjoy research because that’s what a lot of the work involves.

In order to better your competitors, as a broadcaster you need to have your finger on the pulse and be on top of the breaking news stories when the first arise.


Clear and Effective Communication Skills

As broadcasting largely involves communicating things across to the audience, everyone involved in the industry must have exceptional skills in this department.

If people can’t understand a voice they’re listening to or a person they are watching, they’ll switch channels. That doesn’t mean that regional accents are not allowed.

Local broadcasting agencies benefit from having presenters with local accents because their listeners and viewers find it easier to relate to them.

It’s not just verbal communication skills that are essential though, as written communication skills are just as vital.

Needless to say, everyone from the camera operators to directors and writing staff need to communicate well with one another in order for their work to be successful.


That ‘Larger Than Life’ Personality

Anyone who is in front of the camera, be it presenters, reporters or guests, need to have a friendly and warm personality that will it easier for the audience to connect with them.

Simple things like a smile, softer tone and relaxed body language can encourage the viewers to put trust in what you say.


Accuracy is Crucial

In the news sector of broadcasting especially, accuracy is highly crucial. When outdated or incorrect information is presented as facts, it can lead to audiences losing faith and trust in a broadcaster. So, all ‘facts’ should be checked before making it to air.


Outstanding Presentation Skills

Along with amazing communication skills, it’s important for employees in the broadcasting sector to have outstanding presentation skills. It’s a high-pressure environment, as we’ve established.

Particularly during live broadcasts, so you need to be able to convey the information across in a confident and professional manner. A natural sounding tone is vital when an autocue is involved and your audience should find it easy to relate to you.


Technically Minded

You may not think this has anything to do with it, but it’s very easy for something to go wrong in broadcasting.

Therefore, to reduce the chances of mistakes or faults happening, it’s vital that all involved have the necessary skills and experience working with the technical equipment.

It doesn’t matter if you’re already a broadcaster, or currently a wannabe, these eight tips have hopefully inspired you to work on the part of your game that’s missing.

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