"We'll do it live!!"

Have you ever heard this phrase? It's a bit of an inside joke among podcasters, radio hosts, and even musicians that originated with a clip of Bill O'Reilly flipping out on his producer.

Yes, that Bill O'Reilly. Before he had his own television show and was paying women $13 million to settle various sexual misconduct lawsuits, he was losing his $#!+ as the host of the tabloid show, Inside Edition, which is where the clip is from.

I get it—working on deadlines can be stressful. But that doesn't mean you have to lose your cool ... and it doesn't mean you have to put up with those who do.

A couple of days ago, I dropped by the local NPR affiliate, WPLN, to sit in on their daily live show called This is Nashville. This is real radio, 60-minutes of programming down to the second. And every day, when the clock hits Noon, they're on the air—ready or not.

As you can imagine, there's a lot of pressure to be "on" and a lot of unknowns, especially with it being a guest-heavy show. The episode I saw had six different guests in various combinations.

And it was as smooth as a solid-gold limousine on cloud tires ...

You can't get the best out of yourself, guests, or the people you work with when you work in a stressful environment (or work with jerks). I'll share more thoughts on this in the audio episode of this issue. Get it here.

David @ Big Podcast

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