Performance Coaching for Television News & Sports Talent

Stand and Deliver Two: The Tandem Tango

By Barry Nash on August 12, 2012

Standing to deliver as a solo anchor is one thing.  Working on your feet with a coanchor is its own special challenge.  While it’s not the easiest thing to look comfortable on your own, the challenge is somehow compounded when you have to look comfortable with someone else.

The Tandem Tango: Hannah Storm and Stage Steele
The Tandem Tango: Hannah Storm and Stage Steele

Few pull it off as consistently or effectively as ESPN’s Hannah Storm, seen in the clip above working with another tremendously talented communicator, Sage Steele.

There are a number of things that make this team so effective on their feet.

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Shut Up And Read

By Barry Nash on October 19, 2011

In a recent New York Times column, David Brooks describes seventy-something Phillip Leakey as gripped by the sort of “compulsive curiosity” that causes a bay to take something that doesn’t make send and “become instantly absorbed; using all her abilities — taste, smell, force — to figure out how it fits in with the world.”

Food for Thought
Food for Thought

I wish we could describe more anchors that way. We know talent who are as experienced and polished as any professional on earth. They know how to dress and they know how to move. Their voices are perfectly modulated. They are warm and witty in the cross-talk. They are, in fact, everything you could possibly want on-the-air — except curious. And I just don’t mean politely curious, which is the kind of curiosity showcased in the sanitized, premeditated anchor/reporter exchanges that pepper many newscasts. I mean I-really-need-to-know-and-I-won’t-stop-until-I-get-an-answer curious. I mean getting-to-the-truth-of-this-is-more-important-than-making-sure-everyone-looks-good curious. I mean a need-to-know that’s forceful enough to trump almost every other imperative we assign to the production of newscasts. (more…)

WHAT’S IN A SMILE?

By Barry Nash on February 2, 2011

A lot more, it turns out, than you might think. In fact, the scientists that study these things have identified over 100 distinctly human smiles. As a professional communicator, smiling authentically may be one of the most powerful things you can do on the air. In addition to showing how you feel, there are smiles that suggest how attentive you are and smiles that encourage others to open up and talk to you. There are smiles that show understanding and smiles that show approval. There are broad, obvious smiles and much subtler and complex ones.

Robin Roberts
Robin Roberts

Perhaps most important: When you smile, people can tell when you mean it (an authentic, “felt” smile) and when you don’t (an “unfelt” and “inauthentic” smile). Here’s how: Both felt and unfelt smiles engage the muscles around the mouth, but felt smiles also involve the muscles around the eyes. When we say that someone has a gleam in their eye, we’re not really describing a quality of the eye itself. We’re describing the impact of using the muscles that surround the eye. The difference can be accurately identified by children as young as 9 years old. (more…)

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