On the Air

This week I experienced a whole new side of public speaking – radio. I have been asked to be part of a new talk show on World Radio Switzerland (WRS) called The Connectors.

From the WRS website, here is a summary of the show: “Living abroad is all about making connections. From cultural faux pas to avoid and quirks of everyday life in Switzerland to the more important issues of living abroad, The Connectors explores what makes an expatriate life. By expats, with expats, for everyone.”

It is a lot of fun and an opportunity to share our experiences of what it is like to live in Switzerland. I am fortunate to be working with a terrific group of people on the show including our intrepid host, Catherine Nelson-Pollard. We, in turn, are fortunate to have the support of Philippe Mottaz, the Director of WRS, and the rest of the people working at the station.

The show has added a new dimension to my public speaking experience. We have certain themes to discuss every week, so there is some preparation involved. However, we do not want to lose the spontaneity that comes with a conversation; thus we have to stay flexible and be able to react to each other live on the air. Throw in calls from the public and it is really does keep you on your toes.

As I write, we have two shows under our belts and are still getting used to things. However, we are starting to gel nicely and initial reactions have been favourable.

The shows airs live on WRS from 18:30 to 19:00 (GMT + 1 hour) on Thursdays and is rebroadcast on Fridays from 11:30 to 12:00.

In the weeks and months to come, I will provide my thoughts from time to time on lessons that I have learned from a public speaking perspective that might be useful. So please be sure to listen and feel free to leave comments and suggestions on the WRS website or this blog.

“See you” on the air!

[Update: WRS was sold and The Connectors is no longer on the air.)


About John Zimmer

International speaker, presentation skills expert, lawyer, improv performer
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3 Responses to On the Air

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  2. Matt Viel says:

    Will the real JZ please stand up! Congrats on the radio spot man!!!

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