BROADCASTER’S SURVIVAL GUIDE: STAYING ALIVE IN THE BUSINESS
“Highly recommended reading, and NOT just for Broadcasters! The information in BROADCASTER’S SURVIVAL GUIDE applies to everyone who uses their voice professionally: voice actors, singers, telemarketers, everyone. I didn’t plan on reading it in one night, but I couldn’t put it down. It’s super interesting, and jam-packed with helpful information.”
—Sherril Stewart, Director of Admissions/Voice Evaluation Coach at Voice for All
“Ann Utterback helps us understand that we can’t tell the story if we are physically and mentally unable to tell the story. Helping us to be our best so we can do our best is what this book is all about.”
— Bob Priddy, News Director, the Missourinet
Second Edition e-book, Published 2012, 207 pages
Helpful for Broadcasters, Voice Artists, and Journalism Students!
There is no profession more stressful than broadcasting. One of the most common ways broadcasters sabotage their careers is by letting the stress of the business affect their performance. The same can be true for voiceover artists, actors, and public speakers.
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This e-book explains stress and how to deal with it in healthy ways. It is the only book on this subject for broadcasters. It also includes advice from the experts, Broadcasters in the Trenches, who write about real-life struggles covering stressful events like 9/11. The Broadcaster’s Survival Kit provides info to help you hit the ground running when a crisis happens as well as great tips for your daily life.
Broadcaster’s Survival Guide is a self-help manual for on-air staff, producers, writers, news directors, journalism students, voice actors, and public speakers. It’s sure to be a guide that is referred to over and over.
You’ll learn about:
• Recognizing and coping with stress
• Seeking balance in your life
• Getting the exercise and nutrition you need
• Learning to relax during your workday
• Dealing with the common cold, working overnights, traveling and avoiding stressors
• And much more (see complete Table of Contents below).
And best of all, each section includes Healthy Suggestions you can put into practice immediately for a life that’s healthier and more relaxed.
“Broadcast journalism can eat you alive. What can you do? Read Ann Utterback’s book. It’s packed with tips to help beleaguered broadcasters bring balance to their frazzled lives, and to help students make smart life choices as they face their first career stress tests.” — Dave Cupp is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Former Anchor & News Director, WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Broadcaster’s Survival Guide: Staying Alive in the Business Second Edition
By Ann S. Utterback, Ph.D.
by David Cupp, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina
1. Making Your Life Work as a Broadcaster
2. Seeking Balance
Facing the Chronic Stress of Broadcasting
Layers of Stress
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Effects of Stress
Becoming a Comfortable Communicator
Stress and Voice
Stress and the Body
Taking Care of Your Body
Don’t Mask Your Stress
Negotiate for a Better Life
3. Coping With Stress
What is Stress?
How Your Body Reacts
The Negative Effects of Stress on the Body
Good Stress Versus Bad Stress
How Stressed Are You?
4. Getting the Exercise You Need
What is Aerobic Exercise?
The Health Benefits of Exercise
Special Benefits of Exercise for Broadcasters
What Type of Exercise Works?
Common Excuses Not To Exercise
The Benefits of Stretching
The Benefits of Vocal Exercises
The Bottom Line on Exercise
5. Getting the Nutrition You Need
Benefits of Eating Well
Improving Your Diet
Importance of Breakfast
Healthy Meals and Snacks
Avoiding the Wrong Foods
Getting the Hydration You Need
Benefits of Water
How Much Water?
The Bottom Line on Eating Well
6. Learning to Relax
What is Relaxation
Importance of Daily Relaxation
Technology Can Increase Stress
Taking Time to Relax
Reasons for Avoiding Relaxation
The Relaxation Response
The Effectiveness of the Relaxation Response
Automatic Response Versus Learned Response
Ways to Reach the Relaxation Response
Steps of Focused Relaxation
Focus on the Breath
Other Helpful Ways to Relax
Fitting Relaxation Into Your Day
Assisted Forms of Relaxation
The Bottom Line on Relaxation
7. Avoiding Pitfalls
The Common Cold
What is a Cold?
Causes of Colds and Flu
Treatment for a Cold
Effects of Nicotine on the Adrenal Glands
Cigarettes and Cancer
Effect of Combining Cigarettes and Alcohol
What Happens When You Stop?
Wrist and Arm Protection
Avoiding Back Injuries
Hydration While Flying
Nutrition While Flying
Hotels and Restaurants
Emergency Health Kit for Travel
Working Overnights and Jet Lag
Ways to Improve Sleep
Reporter’s Survival Kit
Ten Quick Stress Busters to Use Today
Emergency Fanny Pack
Emergency Food for Busy Broadcasters
Coping with Stalkers: A Safety Checklist
14 Healthy Lifestyle Changes for Better Sleep
How Well Am I Coping Today Checklist
Broadcasters in the Trenches
Covering Stressful Weather Events
Hurricanes and Tornadoes by Elliot Wiser
Severe Winter Weather by Dan Shelley
Stories That Haunt You by Desirée Berenguer Carton
On the Front Lines In a Crisis
September 11 at the Pentagon by Mike Walter
September 11 in Pennsylvania by Sherry Stalley
The D.C. Area Serial Snipers by Neal Augenstein