Performance Coaching for Television News & Sports Talent
Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words — or, at least, a thousand coaching words. In this case, the picture comes courtesy of NBC Philadelphia anchor, Tracy Davidson, who set out to graph the relationship between an anchor’s knowledge of a story and her delivery of that story.
We’ll let Tracy’s absolutely on-point illustration speak for itself, adding only that there is an important point behind her point.
The difference between great delivery and mediocre/generic delivery is nuance, and Context is the mother of nuance. When we study the best anchors, it’s not what they’re saying but what they know about what they’re saying that sets their delivery apart. It’s not just their grasp of detail. It’s their understanding of the Context that makes that particular collection of details a Story.
Too often, in too many newsrooms, the conversation about delivery begins and ends with discussion about things like whether we’re reading fast enough or smiling enough. Those things matter, but only if they’re fueled by something deeper and perhaps best described as what we know about what we know.
We may know, for instance, that today there was a fatal wreck at the corner of Elm and Main. But it’s the anchor who also knows something of the history of wrecks at Elm and Main that is the one with the power to make today’s story more than an exercise in expressing generic concern. And you can hear it and recognize it in her delivery — in the nuance — whether she literally says anything about that history or not.
Thanks for the coaching, Tracy. We wish we’d drawn that!
Barry has been coaching television news and sports talent at all levels since 1982. Every night around the world, millions of people get their news from anchors and reporters he has trained and consulted.
Tony is an award-winning journalist and a master coach. In addition to his extensive work with news and sports talent, he leads our work with Spanish-language newscasts and coaches MMJs.
Barrett is a performance coach and visual image specialist, She is an especially good resource when improving the look of your team is a priority.
Jenni specializes in the development and care of the speaking voice. Contact her especially when you have concerns or questions about the way your talent sound and read.
Patty is our long-time office manager. When you have an administrative question for us, she'll have an answer.
When you have an immediate need, we can respond faster than ever. When your resources are limited, we can work with your team without incurring travel expense. And if we are visiting your station regularly, we can followup more powerfully than ever before.
All you need on your end is a computer with high-speed internet access and a camera. We take care of the rest.
All of our services are also available of Spanish-language news and sports talent and for the news and sportscasts that they serve. Contact Barry Nash or our Spanish- language coach, Tony Martinez, for more information.
We are a team of coaches who specialize in the training and development of television news, weather and sports talent.
In all cases, our goal is to provide the resources talent need to achieve "Breakthrough Performance" -- delivery that engages the minds and hearts of viewers, demands their attention, and inspires their loyalty.
When performance feedback is a priority on your end, we make it one on ours. Do send us an email, we'll take a look and come back to you confidentially without obligation.
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Dallas, Texas 75207