We all strive to improve, no matter how long we’ve been broadcast meteorologists. There is always something we can improve on and maybe do better. When you are starting out, that list of things to work on can feel pretty long, and there will often be times when you don’t feel like this is normal. We all get stuck in ruts, and usually the only way out is through.
Maybe you are stuck on a crutch word, or talking a little too fast. Maybe you get hung up on saying the same things show after show, or completely blanking out when it comes time to chat with the anchors. Ruts seem to drag you down, and take the rest of the show with it. Here are a couple of ideas to help you survive your next rut, and break on through (to the other side).
Recognize you are in a rut. Often ruts can go on for weeks without you even knowing. Watch your shows, and be aware of what you are doing. Try to pick up on things you could do better, but also give yourself some credit with how far you’ve come so far.
Do something different. Once you know you are in a rut, try to change things up a bit. Sometimes the idea of knowing you are in a rut can briefly make matters worse, but by trying something new in your show, it will shift the focus to whats new, and not whats been driving you crazy. Maybe its a new suit or outfit, some new graphics, or the way you order up the show. Shake things up, without trying to draw too much attention.
Lighten up and stay positive. I had a calculus teacher in high school who would tell me, “Sometimes you need to have a breakdown in order to have a break through.” I don’t think I remember any of the calculus I learned that year (well maybe a little), but I remember that phrase. Ruts are normal, and everyone gets them. Things will get better if you continue to stick it out and do your best.
The path of development for a new broadcast meteorologist is not linear. They usually don’t start at one point, then make slow, steady improvement until they are ready for air. It usually comes in spurts. Students will make great progress over a week or two, and then level out for a little while. Something will come up, they’ll get that ‘a-ha’ moment, and they will be back on the rise again. The key is to stay focused and motivated when you are not where you think you should be.
Remember, when most people have a bad day at work, a few people notice. As a broadcast meteorologist, when you have a bad day, thousands get to watch. Work through those ruts and onward to better things. You can do it.
How do you break out of ruts when you feel stuck?