QUESTION FOR DAN O’DAY:
I enjoyed your seminar in Austin the other weekend. I think
I learned a lot of practical tools for my on-air work. I am having problems with
my consistency though. As a person, I am very inconsistent and that
has always been my personality. For example, sometimes I'm serious, then playful, then sarcastic or sardonic, then back
to happy-go-lucky. Do you think this will be a failing on the
air or will people see me as more of a real person? How can I
achieve the consistency I need? Should I seek psychotherapy or
just a new profession?
Taking your self-description at face value, it sounds like
you might want to decide which of your personality traits to concentrate
on showcasing while on-air. All of us seek consistency from our
service providers — be they doctors, newspaper carriers,
or radio entertainers.
That does not mean we cannot afford the luxury of being human.
But if a listener enjoys your seriousness today and tunes in for
more of the same tomorrow, he or she might well be disappointed
to find the Serious You completed displaced by you Sardonic You...which,
in turn, might be obfuscated the next day by the Happy-Go-Lucky
You do not need to be — should NOT be — one-dimensional.
But you should be recognizable from day to day.\par