Brian Williams Keeps Calms and Carries On

Posted on December 2, 2011

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If you haven’t seen it already, take a moment and watch this clip of Brian Williams dealing with a fire alarm that goes off during the NBC Nightly News.

Watching it made me think back to how many talent I’ve seen get angry when the least little thing goes wrong in their studio.

I’ve heard about, and had to talk with, talent who threw carts, chairs, headphones and anything else near at hand over small distractions that never should have thrown them off in the first place.

Small distractions.

Much smaller than having a fire alarm go off.

Much smaller than having a fire alarm go off when you are on national television.

Much smaller than having a fire alarm go off when you are on national television and can’t just put on a record or go early to commercial break.

So the next time something in the studio is slightly amiss, before you lose your mind or start whining and throwing things, think about poor Brian Williams doing a national network newscast with a fire alarm blaring in his ear.

If he can keep his cool I’m willing to bet you can too.

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