How to Create a telegenic image #10 Have Fun
“If you’re not having fun pitching or chatting “on air” about your topic or idea, no one is having fun! Smile! Ooze enthusiasm! It’s contagious. Be your best self and roll with it… Flexibility in body mind and spirit counts here. Be spontaneous, smart and humble! Remember TV is entertainment.” Being a TV guest is one of life’s most exciting adventures! It is very easy to get swept away by the rapid pace, cha-cha, and hyperreal sensory experience of living your media dream! Here are a few more tips to ensure that you become an A+ guest. Your job is quite simple: Educate, inspire and entertain the audience. We have already chatted about the need for you to convey actionable tips in “Sound Bites” that maximize the benefit of your appearance to the viewing audience. We then discussed the importance of communicating positivity, hope and inspiration regarding your platform and topic to your demographic. The final piece is to be entertaining to your hosts and audience. In it’s simplest form, television is considered entertainment. In order for you to succeed as a media expert, it is necessary for everyone who experiences you to come away feeling better about themselves and their lives. You don’t have to do a stand up comedy routine. You do have to communicate your content in a fun loving, open and natural way. Listening is as important as speaking. Respond to your host in an engaging manner. Look at who over is speaking during your interview and use your body language to support the conversation. Nod, move the angle of your body slightly toward the speaker. Obviously, if your topic is serious and heavy news, it is important to take this into consideration. Respect your content and your audience. Optimism works wonders for your image. Smile, respond in an upbeat and engaging manner with the host. Ensure the take away gives promise! Even the toughest of topics can be delivered with kindness, compassion and authenticity.