Leave the bad attitude at home!

Imagine driving in you car with the radio on. Now picture listening to your favourite DJ. What if you could tell, by the sound of his/her voice, that they aren’t having a good day. How would that impact you?

“Please leave your bad attitude at home” is, as far as I can remember, one of the first things my boss may have said to me when joining the radio station – and rightfully so. The same can be said for many other jobs, perhaps yours? We all have our bad days. Those days where we’re just not feeling 100% on par to take on the day ahead. It’s pretty normal in fact. But in the radio industry you really have to leave those pair of shoes at home…

After a simple “good morning” your colleagues can pick up on it. It truly does set the mood ahead for yourself and even those in your environment. But in my opinion, no matter how horrible you’re feeling, you have a window period to rectify it. The only way to deal with it is to just leave the bad attitude at home. It’s easier said than done, but it can be dealt with in two steps. It starts with you admitting to yourself that you have woken up on the wrong side of the bed; and then you have to make the conscious choice that when you enter the radio station, no matter what it is that’s going on in your head, it’s left off your plate until your show is done.

As a radio presenter, it is your job to cheer up the listeners. But you’re more than likely going to aggravate the situation if you were to bring your own problems on air. Listeners don’t want that. They’ve tuned in for you to keep them company – we don’t know what it is that’s going on in their life. But what I do know, is that it’s our responsibility to distract them during the ride to or from work, at least.

One thing needs to be clarified. We (all of us) shouldn’t bottle up our ‘bad moods’. You have to let it go (like a presenter should do before going on air) and put it on pause and deal with it later.


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