As promised, although a bit late, here is a list of my 29 top tips for February 2012:
Tip 1 Rewrite CV include broadcasting, TV, radio, print, live hosting, scripting, think presenter not actor, no need for shoe or hat size!
Tip 2 Refresh your training: in many professions continuing professional development is routine. Should you check your presenter skills?
Tip 3 Personal grooming – think HD, widescreen, LED, home cinema – avoid embarrassing close ups, check hair, make up and nails
Tip 4 Invest in a video camera & tripod – practise talking to camera, record/edit showtape items, take control of your reel
Tip 5 Research presenting agents listed in Contacts, check their websites, who they represent and if they may suit you. Then, contact them!
Tip 6 Presenter photos should be professional, colour, with personality and warmth, not b/w or holiday snaps. See Spotlight Presenters
Tip 7 Free training – Apply for free tickets online to be in a studio audience and watch TV presenters at work
Tip 8 List your areas of expertise, what makes you different, what can you offer the presenting industry what’s your usp, presenting is you!
Tip 9 Research local TV stations, community TV, volunteer to present items, so much is happening locally, get involved, start broadcasting!
Tip 10 Read ‘So You Want to be a TV Presenter?’ packed with expert advice, tips, self-training, sample CVs, job seeking and showreel advice
Tip 11 Spotlight Presenters http://www.spotlight.com for membership, job info & advice. Emerging Talent section is really useful for newcomers.
Tip 12 Create a channel of your work – one of my former students Helen Hokin has done this brilliantly – see www.foodtripper.com/tv
Tip 13 Promote yourself as an interviewee, it’s a short hop from successful guest to presenter. Are you an expert? See
Tip 14 Practise tongue twisters to improve diction and warm up facial muscles, free sites online – red leather, yellow leather ….
Tip 15 Update your technical skills for website, video clips and marketing, have a look at www.moonfruit.com
Tip 16 Can you ad lib for 2 mins or speak to time finishing just before zero? Set your stopwatch to find out & start talking to yourself ….
Tip 17 Listen to this excellent advice on TV Presenting from BBC College of Production CoP Show: TV presenting www.bbc.in/xqsUga
Tip 18 To practise reading from a prompt see http://www.cueprompter.com type in your script, set the speed and read from your screen
Tip 19 How multi-skilled are you? If you watch TV/work on laptop/when on a mobile you can talk to camera while listening to in-ear talkback…
Tip 19 cont’d …To practise talking to time, record a countdown and listen through your headphones whilst talking to camera.
Tip 20 Spotlight’s Emerging Talent section at the back of the Presenters book showcases new, up-and-coming presenters. Contact @SpotlightUK
Tip 21 Writing the perfect CV http://bbc.in/mZLptI – was going to tweet about HD make up as it’s pancake day, but here’s a CV tip instead
Tip 22 Continuing the CV theme www.prospects.ac.uk/example_cvs.htm
Tip 23 Can you memorise a 40 second script? Not every shoot will have a prompting device eg autocue, especially on location. Aim for 1 take!
Tip 24 Your showreel should be unique to you, shoot items you are enthusiastic about, show your expertise, write your own material, be you!
Tip 25 Max showreel duration 3-4 mins or a bit less, think BGT, impress in the first 30 secs or the rest of it may not be viewed
Tip 26 Three tips for an interviewer – listen, listen and listen.
Tip 27 To train as a weather forecaster see www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/recruitment/options/forecasting
Tip 28 If TV presenting is your career invest in your own professional moulded ear piece nickway.co.uk/earpieces/moulded
Tip 29 And finally … found an extra day in your calendar today? Read ‘So You Want to be a TV Presenter?’ publ by Nick Hern Books