Nowadays, because of modern technology and the increase of various social media platforms, even a simple guy out of nowhere can immediately go “viral” or become popular with a flick of a finger. Just as long as you have the “it” factor and that you made something unique and interesting to follow you can instantly become a big hit.
However, once you’ve already established your own show, maintaining it is the hardest part. One should really know how to capture the interests of the listeners, viewers or fans in order to get the show rolling and make your own unique mark in the industry – meaning how to make your show last for a long time.
One of the few challenges a host encounter is having a unique and interesting material. Once they already have that, how do you keep your listeners glued to you and make sure that they will come back for more? How do you become an effective host in your own show?
Hosting your own show is one tough job. You have to make sure that you always have fresh materials, interesting topics to discuss and most of all the gift of gab. For some, it all seems to come so natural that they are confident in speaking non-stop and making sure that listeners are going to be with them until the end of the show. Others are simply starting to get the hang of it, trying their best to get through until the time is up. But if you think that famous hosts started with being successful right away then guess again! They too had a lot of challenges before really making it big. They also came to a point on whether they want to continue doing it alone or having a partner or continue doing the show. So the question is – to go solo or not?
Hosting solo has its advantages and disadvantages. The good thing about being solo is that you control the whole show – what materials to use, when to use it; total freedom as they say. During the show, there are no bickering, distractions and hassles of making sure that you and your co-host are on the same page. Being a solo host allows you to make your own name the way you wanted to. It is quite easier to have your own signature style and lines because you don’t need to consider what your co-host thinks or how he wanted the presentation to be in order to be heard or known. You also hold the plan on where you wanted your career would be – meaning the growth of your career would all depend on you.
However, being solo can be very exhausting and really time consuming as you do everything on your own. No vacation, no back-ups and no breaks! If you really want your career or your show to really pick and be popular, you really have to do research on your own, what strategies to do next, and most of your time will be spent doing that. You need to do everything on your own because no one will be backing you up hence less time for you and your family. No more “me” time!
On the other hand having a co-host has its perks and downsides as well. While it is true that you have total control and freedom in handling your show, having a co-host may not be as bad as you think.
Aside from having someone to cover for you if you have some important emergencies or business to take care of, it really doesn’t hurt to have someone talking to you during your show. It can be a breath of fresh air to have someone who gives new ideas, debate with to make the show more interesting and someone to carry you through in case you ran out of things to say.
Sometimes, it makes the show more fun, less boring and interactive because it may allow listeners to feel comfortable because another person is giving another opinion. It gives a sense of excitement and it feels that you and your co-host are having fun. Everything seems to be natural.
However, having a co-host can also present its disadvantages. There will be moments that differences in opinion can be very heated. You will always have to take into consideration what is his idea or suggestions before you can actually do it on the show. Another big issue might also be the element of jealousy in the long run as to who should really take in much of the air time or who is getting more attention on the show which you definitely don’t want to happen.
Eventually, what really matters is how you present and handle your show. Whether going solo or not will also depend on what type of show you are doing and what are its needs. Success really entails hard work and yes sometimes a bit of luck. In this type of platform, the key to making it big is your unending love and passion on what you are doing. People can sense it if you are passionate and love what you do hence the reason why many will continue patronizing and following your show everywhere you go.
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