The phone rings. You hear an authoritative voice say, Hello, I'm the producer of…Good Morning America or The Today Show, or CBS This Morning or any other top talk show, you name it. This is your big moment, the break you've been waiting for. After you catch your breath what do you do?
Producers make an instant assessment of you in thirty seconds–or less. When you get that coveted call from a producer, you aren't just talking to him: you're auditioning. You are being screened to be accepted or eliminated as a guest on their show. How can you pass the audition?
Secret number 1: Ask Before You Speak
Before you even open your mouth to start pitching yourself and your story to the producer, ask them a simple question: Can you tell me a little bit about the kind of show you envision? In other words, ask the producer the angle he is planning to take.