Geoff's Blog: Pay Attention
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I haven't blogged in a couple of weeks. So sorry for that. I know my regular readers look for that breath of fresh air each and every week. I have been very busy like all of you out there. My producer quit last week and it's been very hectic getting a new one. There is an old saying that good help is hard to find. There is more to that. Good help is understanding what you want and need.
When looking to hire someone, I have realized that I need to ask more questions than I normally do. The job market is a desperate one and people will "sell" you on themselves if you let them. It's not about like, but more about respect. I've realized now that I am not going to worry if my producer likes me or not. No, I won't mistreat him, but it's about respecting the person's talent and getting each other to jive in the work environment. Especially when it's just the two of you against the world. Otherwise, it won't work.
Of course we all want people to like us, but at the end of the day you have to respect each other in the workplace. If you don't have that, you've got no foundation to grow on. If you're searching for a job, it's a whole lot easier believing in the company/product, ie, our radio station is a news talk station. If you're looking for fun all of the time, you've come to the wrong place.
My show is the least serious of all of our hosts, but it's not a party all of the time. Our listeners like to have fun, but they listen because most of them are conservative and the issues are compelling to them. So whether people work in radio or another business, it's important to try to match up some of your personal feelings to the company. Just don't take the job as a stepping stone or because you are desperate. At the end of it all, you'll be on the street looking again because your work will show for itself.
If you're an employer, ask a ton of questions. The more you listen, the more you know. Pay attention to body language. It's very telling.
Contact me to let me know what you think, or just to say "hello".
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