Malcolm Gladwell’s ten-thousand-hour rule states that 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” is what turns someone into an expert in any field. With this in mind, when my daughter, Colbie, wants to become better in something, I tell her that she needs to practice more. With dance, with handwriting, with spelling new words, with tee-ball, my advice has always been that to become better, she must practice. With hula hooping, this advice certainly worked. [Read more…] about Want to Become Better? Don’t Forget the Importance of Practice, Passion, and Who You Were Meant to Be.
Good communication is well thought out, planned, and practiced. Just ask Tony Kornhieser and Michael Wilbon, hosts of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption (my favorite show on ESPN). Since 2001, they have won awards and increased their viewership with every segment, argument, and yes, costume. But it isn’t all fun and games. Their seemingly spontaneous banter is anything but spontaneous. It is well thought and planned.
In an interview in 2011 with Sports Business Daily celebrating the show’s ten year anniversary, when asked about his involvement in creating the show segments like:
“Happy Time” “Toss Up” “What’s the Word” “Over or Under” “Mail Time” “Something or Nothing” “Report Card” “Five Good Minutes” “Good Cop/Bad Cop” “Big Finish”
Wilbon said, “I don’t have any interest in being involved in that because the device is the same. Whatever it’s called that day, whether we play “Oddsmakers” or “Toss Up,” it’s essentially just a way to get us into a discussion. I’m intimately involved in the discussion in terms of what we’re going to discuss.”