Strive for the Right Type of Perfection

Posted on July 13, 2012


Strive for the right type of “perfection”

I love it when an “expert” reinforces something I’ve said for years. It makes me feel all fuzzy inside (though that could also be that over-ripe banana I just ate).

In this week’s Billboard Top 40 Update I included a quote from Peter Bregman, author of “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done,” about how striving for perfection in areas where it’s not possible or beyond our control does nothing but cause unnecessary stress.

So often hosts focus on the wrong things when they are in the studio. They get upset about pushing the wrong button or stumbling over a word. Face it, that’s going to happen. You can’t possibly always hit the exactly right button day in and day out and sooner or later you are going to get a little tongue-tied.

In many ways that can be endearing to the audience. It shows them you are human.

Let that stuff go and focus instead on attempting to perfect your content. Don’t mail in the occasional break or liner. Strive to be relatable, interesting and engaging every time you crack the mic.You won’t be perfect at that either but at least you will be stressing out about something that can have a positive impact on your ratings and your career.