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One Step At A Time

August 22, 2011 1 comment

Sometimes programmers put too much pressure on talent by presenting them with a long list of things they would like changed about the show.   As a talent coach, it’s common to listen to a personality and instantly recognize 15-20 things that either should or at least could be better.  The list may all be valid, but presenting everything at once is overwhelming and often results in talent “shutdown”.  They don’t know where to start or how to go about improving the show.

It’s very difficult to concentrate on more than a couple of “fixes” at a time.  A better approach is to create a comprehensive list of everything that needs attention.  Then, sort the list, rating everything in three categories:  Major problems that will take a lot of time and work to correct, Medium problems that will take a few weeks to correct and Small problems that are fairly quick fixes.  Many of these small problems are formatic or technical and can be corrected in a week or less.

Within each category, rank them from most important to least important.

Now, with that list, start to attack.  Pick the highest priority small problem and the highest priority major problem first.  Once the small problem is corrected, move on to the next one, while still working daily on the bigger ones.  When you cross everything off the “small problem” list, start on the medium list.  And, you’ll probably identify new small problems to add to the list as well.

This approach helps talent focus, see and feel results quickly and in a short time, you’ll be amazed at the progress you make.