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How to Become a Television News Anchor

How to Become a News Anchor?

News anchor jobs are highly coveted, and many who obtain those positions stay in them for a long time. If you want to lead a news broadcast as an anchor, you should have a bachelor’s degree and work experience to prove you have the skills to think on your feet and lead a live television show.

  1. Earn a degree. A bachelor’s degree program like broadcast journalism or mass communications can help you develop a knowledgeable background in your field. Classes like public speaking or speech courses that can help you become a more polished professional. While it’s not necessary, a master’s degree may also give you an advantage when trying to land on a prospective employer or media outlet’s radar. Attending a college or university may also grant access to the school’s local news station, where you can already start gaining experience.
  2. Hone your skills. Some anchors are required to write news stories themselves. Great TV news anchors are articulate and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Many start out as news writers for their school newspaper, or major in a relevant field. Regardless of your background, putting in the hard work and continuously focusing your craft to sharpen your writing and presentation skills will make you a valuable asset for any news channel.
  3. Gain work experience. Gather internship experience or find a trainee program that can properly develop you as a TV news reporter. Get your foot in the door by applying for part-time or entry-level positions at a smaller news station or local media outlet. Everyone has to start somewhere, and the sooner you get experience under your belt, the sooner you can be on your way to becoming a household name. You should also watch other anchors on television to see what it takes. Observe the different tones, mannerisms, and delivery of morning news anchors, and watch how that differs from anchors delivering evening newscasts. Prepare yourself for all aspects of the position so you can be ready to jump on any job postings you come across.
  4. Create a resume tape. A resume tape for a news anchor is like a demo reel for an actor. A resume tape is a montage of segments highlighting all your strengths as an anchor. It shows how you report breaking information and handle interactions with others on-air. Potential employers want to see how you react on your feet, how you deal with a crisis (like from the news producer or the news itself), and if you have the character it takes to be a full-time anchor.
  5. Be ready for long hours. Since the news is on a never-ending cycle of daily content, news anchors work long hours and must often meet crazy deadlines to produce quality news broadcasts. This job type requires stamina and endurance in order to make it in the industry, you must be hungry for new stories and ideas, deal with the unpredictable nature of the news, while also meeting deadlines on time.
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What makes a good team great? The six characteristics of successful teams

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A thriving team, on the surface, will very much like any other. But it is the things permeating underneath – the language, the modelled behaviours, the attitudes, the environment – that mark it out as different to simply a ‘good’ team.

All teams, naturally, are different. All teams, too, will be fluid and evolving structures; people come and go (including team leaders); challenges or priorities change; the dynamic constantly adjusts. To that end, creating a thriving successful is something that, as a leader, is never ‘done’ or completed.

Nevertheless, successful, thriving teams do tend to share a range of characteristics and attributes. To cultivate, share and embed these in your team is now your mission.

Thriving teams are focused on, and understand, the vision

If, as the team leader, you have successfully clearly articulated the vision – the goal, the purpose – that the team needs to be aiming for, then it stands to reason it is likely to be more focused and directed towards that.

What differentiates a team from a group of people is a clear, inspiring goal. However, this vision needs to be more than just something that matters to you or has been passed down from on high; it needs to matter to them, to be something they’re going to value and want to get right or achieve because they can see the benefit of doing so. It has to resonate and be real and achievable to them.

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Characteristics of a Winning Team

Have you ever been a part of a winning team? To be successful in today’s business climate, as leaders we must assemble a team that can WIN! Here are 10 characteristics of a winning team…how many does your team have?

1) Clarity of Vision – Everyone on the team must have clarity of the vision that has been laid out before them. With out clarity, there is no synergy. Once your team knows what they are striving for, you will get the best effort from them. Make sure that you communicate the vision with clarity and purpose.

2) Convergence Placement – When people are operating out of their passion as well as their gifting, they are in convergence. Make sure that each team member is fulfilling a role that they are competent to do. If the quarterback of the football team lined up at any other position, he would not be as effective.

3) Commitment – Without a commitment from each team member to do their part, a team will fail to perform up to it’s potential. The journey to success will be filled with detours, delays and drama. Therefore, it is imperative that the team is sold out and committed to it’s cause.

4) Communication – Effective communication is essential for any team to be successful. With the interdependence of different departments, the communication among them is crucial for the success of the team as a whole. Where there is no communication, there is no production.

5) Collaboration – As Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.” A collaborative effort ensures that the best product/service is delivered and that the highest level of production is achieved.

6) Contribution – As with any sports team, everyone must do their part. An organizational structure is like a well oiled machine. Every part has a function and must operate properly to ensure peak performance. Every member of the team has a role to play and unless that role is executed properly, the machine does not run.

7) Constraint Free – Constraints are limiting beliefs that hold us back form performing at our best. If any member of the team has a constraint, it is limiting the possibilities of the entire team. Help your people overcome their limiting beliefs so that they can perform at their peak.

8) Continual Improvement – In the Japanese culture there is a word for this mentality – Kaizen. If the culture of your organization is to always continue to improve the quality, performance and production; success is imminent.

9) Celebrate Victories – It was Bernard Law Montgomery who said, “No leader, however great, can long continue unless he wins victories.” It is important that you take time to celebrate the victories along the way. This will ensure that your team stays motivated to persevere along the way to success.

10) Cohesiveness – In the movie Gladitor, Maximus Meridius and his fellow gladiators are in the Roman Coliseum standing before the Emperor and a blood thirsty crowd facing whatever enemies Caesar will send against them. Maximus says to his men, “Whatever comes out of these gates, we’ve got a better chance of survival if we work together. If we stay together we survive. Come together. Lock your Shields, stay AS ONE!

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The 5 Best Reasons Why Cooking Makes Me Happy

Some people see cooking as a chore and they dread having to do it. Others may have magierocophobia, the fear of cooking that keeps the out of the kitchen. Many people have given up all together and just eat take-out and convenience foods. To these people cooking is difficult, it’s time consuming and the results aren’t worth it.

happy-chefBut, that’s not me. I love cooking, it makes me happy. I get great enjoyment from finding new ingredients, combining flavors, making sauces, and accepting the accolades that come with a meal so good that it rivals any restaurant in town.

fearWhy do so many people hate and fear cooking while I love it? What could the difference be? Yes, I’m a professional Chef and Certified Culinary Educator, but since it’s my job you’d think I’d need a break once in a while. When I go on vacation from my “job”, I cook even MORE. How can that be? Why would I cook while on vacation?

The answer is obvious to me, and can become obvious to you as well. Cooking is not a chore, and it’s not feared when it becomes fun and easy. How do you make cooking a stress-free, fun and easy hobby?

First, you forget about written recipes. Stop trying to cook line-by-line. They’ll just confuse you with their variables and photography that can never be duplicated. Don’t concentrate on WHAT to cook, focus on HOW to cook.

The next step is to think of cooking as a standard, repeatable method. Whether you will saute, roast, steam, grill, or broil, there are steps that can be duplicated again and again no matter what the item you’re cooking is.

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This removes the chore and fear in cooking. If you are cooking by recipes, you have to re-learn cooking every night. You have to figure out what the author’s opinion of what you should be eating tonight should be. This creates the stress of whether “the recipe will come out or not”. Evidently, some recipes work and others don’t. The fact is that NO recipes work correctly and you shouldn’t depend on them.

Once you start to look at cooking the same as driving your car, working at your career, or practicing your hobby, the things you do without thought every day, you will enjoy the same benefits of cooking that make me happy.

NRLcartoon1) Freedom – I have the freedom to cook ANY ingredients I can find, even if I don’t exactly know what they are. I can create fantastic meals from the items I have on-hand and don’t have to run to the grocery store for food that the recipe commands. I make recipes from what I already have.

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Things To Stop Doing Today to Be Happier

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1. Avoiding deep and meaningful connections (like marriage, close friendships, and staying in touch with family)

Ultimately, the human experience is about connecting with other people. Connection is what provides value and meaning to our lives. We’re wired for it and research proves just that.

For example, people with strong social ties were found to be healthier and have a lower risk of death. Additionally, it was found that as age increases, the people with stronger social ties tend to live longer. And it seems that friendships can even help you fight cancer.

The benefits of deep relationships extend to marriage as well. Being in a long-term relationship decreases the risk of depression, suicide, and substance abuse. And one study of almost 6,000 peoplefound that marriage led to increased longevity while never marrying was the strongest predictor of premature death.

Finally, multiple studies (herehere, and here) show that strong family ties are one of the primary reasons the people of Okinawa, Japan have incredible longevity despite being one of the poorest prefectures in the country.

What do all of these different studies tell us?

Connection and belonging are essential for a healthy and happy life. Whether it’s friendship, marriage, or family — humans need close connections to be healthy.

For more about the connection between loneliness and health, I suggest reading the New York Times best-seller Mind Over Medicine, which was written by my friend Dr. Lissa Rankin.

2. Sitting wrecks our bodies: It can significantly increase risk of cardiovascular disease

You might want to stand up for this. The internet has gone crazy over an infographic that describes the harmful effects of sitting all day.

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The short version is that “recreational sitting” like sitting in front of a TV screen increases your risk of cardiovascular disease and death, regardless of your physical activity. Obviously, sitting at a desk for work isn’t too good either.

This troubling data doesn’t come from small sample sizes either. These trends held true in one study with 4,500 peopleanother with 8,800 people, and a final one with over 240,000 participants. If you’re looking for more details on the health risks of sitting, this New York Times article covers some of the basics.

Instead, try getting up and move around, it can be as simple as a quick walk around the desk:

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3. Never stopping to just breathe.

A few years ago, I was speaking with a yoga instructor who told me, “I think people love my class because it’s the only time in their entire day when they just sit and breathe.”

That provides some interesting food for thought. From the time you wake up until the time you go to bed, do you ever take 15 minutes to just sit and breathe? I rarely do. And that’s a shame because the benefits of mindfulness and meditation are huge. Meditation reduces stress and anxiety. Meditation improves your quality of life and boost your immune system. Meditation has been shown to decrease anger and improve sleep, even among prison inmates.

It can significantly reduce anxiety to just sit and breathe for as little as 10 minutes every day:

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4. Not joining a (spiritual) community

There is an interesting and growing body of medical research that has discovered the positive health effects of religion and spirituality. The science doesn’t necessarily say that there is anything inherently healthy about religion, but it’s all the by-products that come from practicing religion that can make a big difference.

For example, people with strong faith often release control of their struggles and worries to a higher power, which can help to relieve anxiety and stress. Religious groups also offer a strong source of community and friendships, which is critical for health and happiness. In many cases, the strength of friendships formed with fellow believers can last for decades, and those strong personal ties are crucial for long-term health.

If you don’t consider yourself to be a religious person, then the lesson to takeaway from this body of research is that we all need a sense of belonging and community in our lives. It’s important to share your beliefs (whatever they happen to be about) with a community of people. People who have a community like that to lean on find themselves happier and healthier than those who lack that type of support. Community provides meaning in many people’s lives which according to Victor Frankl is the most important element for happiness.

As a starting point, you can read studies on the religion-health connection herehere, and here.

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Tips for staying positive and healthy

1. Stay connected.

Physically distancing does not mean we have to be distanced emotionally or socially. Find creative ways to stay connected to family, friends and coworkers, especially when you feel alone or sense that others might be in need. Ideas to be social while distancing or staying home include:

  • Meet up via video conferencing on computers or smartphones. Besides talking and catching up, there are also many fun, entertaining virtual games and activities available.
  • Pick up the phone and call loved ones when you think of them.
  • Write letters or send cards via email or through the mail. With all the technology available, there is something exciting about receiving a physical letter in the mail.
  • Send text messages with funny memes or videos with a note that you are thinking of them.
  • Compile a COVID-19 care package and send it to a loved one.
  • Make front-porch visits, decorate front doors or draw with sidewalk chalk on a loved one’s driveway or sidewalk.
  • Pick your quaran“team” – people who are also limiting social interaction who you can spend time with.
  • For tips and guidelines regarding safe holiday gatherings, see:
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2. Take care of yourself.

It’s important to take care of yourself all the time, but even more so during stressful times. If you have a “full cup,” you can pour yourself into things like helping and taking care of others, working, managing stress, and dealing with the everyday events of life. The saying, “You cannot pour from an empty cup,” is true, since you can’t give something you don’t have. To fill your cup, find those things that are soothing, relaxing and important to you. Examples of how to engage in self-care include:

  • Find mindfulness activities online or on a phone app and try them out. There are many options, from less active to more active and engaging. The important thing is to do what works best for you.
  • Take a soothing bath or shower.
  • Get enough sleep. Sleep plays a vital role in good health throughout your life. Quality sleep can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
  • Read a book or listen to an audiobook. There are many free options available. Check with your local library.
  • Start a new hobby such as coloring, painting, exercising, cooking, baking, journaling, drawing, etc. Or return to a hobby you enjoyed in the past.
  • Express gratitude to your friends and family with a text message saying what you appreciate about them.
  • Write a letter to a loved one and mail it through snail mail. With all the technology available, there is something exciting about receiving a physical letter or note in the mail.
  • Practice and cultivate gratitude. Write a gratitude journal of three things you are grateful for each day. Recognizing the little things, such as a surprise phone call or favorite treat, can help your attitude and reduce stress.
  • Allow yourself to feel discouraged or to have a meltdown every once in a while. It’s okay.
  • Take a break from work and engage in enjoyable, relaxing activities.
  • Create a short list of things you can do daily to break up the monotony of at-home routines or feelings of loneliness.
  • Try positive self-talk and write down your strengths.
  • Take a break with no expectations of yourself.
  • Make a list of your goals and hopes for the future.
  • Reminisce on your favorite memories and pastimes.
  • Plan a fun activity or vacation for the future. Having something to look forward to can go a long way in filling your cup.
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3. Remember COVID-19 Safety.

  • Wear a mask anytime you are around people you don’t live with. It’s one of the simplest ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Wash hands frequently, especially before eating, when returning home, after using the restroom, before leaving your house and after sneezing, coughing or touching your mouth. The CDC has established that washing hands is the number one best way to reduce the spread of germs and disease. In conjunction with masks, it will help reduce the risk of getting COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you feel sick. Even if you don’t have COVID-19, being sick can likely mean you have a suppressed immune system, which could make you more susceptible to COVID-19 if you come in contact with it.
  • Maintain a 6-foot space between you and others when outside of your home.
  • Limit time in stores and other enclosed locations. Use online shopping and curbside pickup when possible.
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4. Build and maintain a healthy immune system.

  • Get adequate sleep. Most adults need 7 or more hours of sleep per night. Turning off technology at least 30 minutes before bed has shown to improve sleep quality.
  • Eat a variety of nutritious foods, including 2 ½ – 3 cups of vegetables a day, whole grain foods, fruits and a variety of plant-based proteins. These contain vitamins and minerals that help the systems in the body work together for better health and minimize the risk of inflammation.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking adequate amounts of water each day.
  • Exercise regularly for at least 30 minutes a day. In addition to the many health benefits, studies show exercise is one of the most effective ways to manage stress and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
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Breeds with Floppy Ears and Why We Love Them

Breeds of Dog With Floppy Ears

  1. Beagle
  2. Basset hound
  3. Coonhound
  4. Bloodhound
  5. Afghan hound
  6. English cocker spaniel

Beagle

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The beagle is one of the most popular breeds in the US. They’re known for their strong noses—they’ll tirelessly track prey for miles—but they’re also known for their big mouths and bottomless stomachs in addition to their luxurious floppy ears.

Beagles love to vocalize, and beagle is actually French for ‘loudmouth.’ Ironically, the most famous cartoon beagle, Snoopy, never spoke on screen, but he was full of sophisticated thoughts and observations!

Beagles are friendly and easygoing family dogs, always up for an adventure. Just be ready to hear their opinions on everything.

Basset Hound

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Ah, the Great-Grandfather of floppy ears, the basset hound!

These long-and-low hunting machines boast the second-best sense of smell (after the bloodhound), and they’re built to track and find prey.

They’re sturdy, and their large paws help them root out burrowing animals. But they’re also seriously laid-back, loving, and hilarious to watch when they’re feeling goofy. And there’s nothing quite like watching those ears fly when they give themselves a good shake.

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Originally bred in the US in the 1900s, these hardworking, long-eared hunting companions are highly skilled at tracking raccoons and possums.

While they can be enthusiastic on the trail of, say, a passing squirrel, they’re also happy to cuddle on the couch with their family. Don’t let them get lonely, though, or they’ll let the entire neighborhood know via a mournful, baying howl.

Coonhounds are super friendly, so forget about using them as a security system—one belly rub, and you have a friend for life.

Bloodhound

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These droopy, wrinkled, sad-looking sweetie pies can sing the blues like nobody’s business. They also possess the most powerful nose in the dog world.

The often forgotten popular police dog, trained bloodhounds can track a scent for up to 130 miles and can follow a trail that’s 300 hours old. Used often in search and rescue, bloodhounds are considered so accurate, their tracking results can be used in a court of law.

Their long, floppy ears are a benefit to their sensitive noses and add to their charming, soulful appeal. Who doesn’t want to give a bloodhound a good ear rub?

Afghan Hound

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This glamorous breed is known as the ‘King of Dogs.’ And it’s not hard to see why. From their long flowing ears to their soft luxurious fur, these dogs are made for photos.

You can also see it in their regal posture—could any dog look more diva on a high-end sofa?!

Unlike other hounds with ample ears, the Afghan hunts primarily by sight, and performs well on racing courses. They’re highly intelligent but possess a more independent nature, making them more challenging to train.

And they demand plenty of attention on the grooming front as well. The Afghan hound demands nothing but the utmost admiration.

English Cocker Spaniel

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English Cocker Spaniel owners can’t say enough about this breed. This smaller breed is extremely intelligent, agile, playful, and adorable. Their smaller size and boundless energy make them naturals at agility courses, and their eagerness to please their people makes them easy to train.

Don’t be fooled by those sweet eyes and gentle disposition though. These dogs were bred to flush birds from bushes as a hunting aid and can have high prey drives. It’s recommended they be kept on a leash and in a fenced yard to prevent them from running off to disturb local wildlife.

That said, these floppy-eared cuties are great with children and exceptionally loyal to their humans.

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How To Rediscover Yourself in Adulthood

First Up — Your Appearance

Second Up, Mini Mind Makeover

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How to Be Great? Just Be Good, Repeatably

How to Be Great? Just Be Good, Repeatably

Edit: Thank you to the 80k people who have read this piece. It looks like many people are struggling with the concept of “greatness”. Let’s continue to support one another on the journey there.

Over the years, we’ve all encountered our fair share of successes and failures. As I’ve acquired more of both under my name, I’ve started to contemplate which experiences were truly “great” and why.

Interestingly enough, I realized that it was not the sporadic highs that were exceptional, but instead the long hauls; the sequences of events that seemed minimal at each juncture, but compounded into major gains. This led me to think further about what greatness truly means. I’ve come to learn that it’s not about overnight successes or flashes of excellence, but periods of repeatable habits.

Perhaps “great’, is just “good”, but repeatable.

Consider This

Before stepping into the bulk of this article, I want to clarify two things:

  • Greatness is not instantaneous
  • Greatness is earned

The first step in becoming great is recognizing that you’re likely not already great. In fact, it comes from recognizing that there is no such thing as greatness at a specific instance in time. Greatness is instead a reflection of a period of effort, since greatness in a single instance can be reduced to luck.

Moreover, being “great” is not about being better than someone else. It is about being dependable and disciplined, and ultimately it is earned.

Many people, in theory, want to be “great”. In fact, each month 1000 people search “how to be great”, 260 people search “how to become perfect”, and 2400 people search “how to be the best”, looking for discrete answers on how to get from 0 to 1. Yet, many people in life realistically do not want to put in the effort over a sustained period of time to actually get to 1. They are looking for the “secrets to success” that in many ways, do not exist. You know what brings success? Hard work brings success.

So before proceeding forward in this article, I implore each of you to consider that if greatness truly is a reflection of non-instantaneous, earned effort, ask yourself if that’s the life you’d like to live. Ask yourself whether you’d like to spend your days, weeks, months, and years in a constant uphill battle.

If you ultimately find that you don’t want to do that, that’s fine! It doesn’t make you less of a person. At least you’ve broken from the holding pattern of thinking you want to do X but not understanding why you haven’t gotten there yet. And if that’s the case, go enjoy your Netflix and chill completely guilt-free.

With that in mind, let’s dive into what truly makes someone “great’.

It’s Hard to be Consistent

There’s a false impression that success or notoriety comes with being flashy. This notion comes from the media focusing on outliers, whether it be events or personalities which diverge from the norm. Not only can this encourage people to aim for notoriety just for the sake of it (think Elizabeth Holmes), but it makes the rest of us believe that correlation (of those outliers) is causation; in other words, success of those individuals is due to their offbeat ways. But here’s another storyline: the most sure and therefore the best way to “success” is through consistency.

“Until you work as hard as those you admire, don’t explain away their success as luck.” – James Clear, Atomic Habits

To be clear, consistency isn’t necessarily the easiest way to success, but one that can be achieved with a higher level of certainty, rather than hoping for a lottery win or someone to “discover” you. Continuous effort is a more thoughtful approach that leads to greatness when the following statements are true:

  1. Inputs are consistent over time
  2. Intentional inputs lead to expected outputs
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