Watch seven women from across the radio industry (BBC Radio, Talk Radio, Global Radio, Women’s Hour) discuss their top tips on how to balance your personal and professional life. Panel held at Goldsmiths University for International Women’s Day.
Another post in the Women In Radio series (thanks to Wired Radio’s International Women’s Day panel), this time the panellists discuss their advice for balancing your personal with your professional life. No matter your role in the media industry, the radio station or TV channel doesn’t stop so the lines between your working hours and home life tend to get blurred. Whether it’s seeing a great news story you want to cover, meeting someone who would be good to interview or posting on social media, you’re always on!
Yasmeen Khan, Presenter at Talk Radio discusses how she judges which parts of her personal life to divulge on air and which to keep private.
“I try to be as authentic as possible on air. You have to have some separation for your own sanity and frankly for your own safety as well. If there are parts of your life, particularly as a speech presenter, that you don't want to talk about then that should always be okay. There are times that I've opened up about very personal things and people listeners really appreciate it. I talked about my dad passing away, it took me quite a while after… good few weeks afterwards but I felt like I had a relationship with listeners and [some called to say] ‘we knew something had happened because you we’re away unexpectedly’ and that was really kind and then we had a whole conversation about grief. I wrote this piece about grieving in the workplace, so sometimes that authentic-ness and that honesty is it's never going to fail you but there are certain things I wouldn't talk about.” - Yasmeen Khan - Presenter at Talk Radio and BBC Three Counties Radio
“There are other presenters who would choose to have a somewhat very distant version of themselves but I think it's about finding something that you're comfortable with and this is a bit of a generalization but there is something about being a female presenter and that there are always going to be some problematic people who feel they know you really well.” - Yasmeen Khan - Presenter at Talk Radio and BBC Three Counties Radio
It’s not just presenters which have a hard time balancing their personal and professional lives, Producers also struggle with switching off. Marta Malagon, Assistant Producer at Talk Radio says she has to plan time to actually have a break from work.
“For me I'm still trying to find a way to find the balance between professional and personal life because as a producer. I think that I'm almost never off. You are not on duty but still there are things that you need to deal with and it feels sometimes it's a little bit overwhelming. I just have to make a point of switching my phone of and say well if something happens in the next couple of hours then I'll deal with it tomorrow or later or maybe my colleagues can deal with it but every now and again I have to make a point of being off because it's just it somehow takes over your life.” - Marta Malagon - Assistant Producer at Talk Radio
Do you find it easy to switch off from work? Let me know in the comments 🎙️👇🏻
The Women In Radio panel was held at Goldsmiths University, London on International Women’s Day. The 7 Panelists include:
Anna Harding - Global News Editor - Heart FM
Olivia Cope - Assistant Producer - BBC Woman’s Hour
Yasmeen Khan - Presenter at Talk Radio and BBC Three Counties Radio
Marta Malagon - Assistant Producer at Talk Radio
Jen Crothers - Founder of Boogaloo Radio
Emma Bradshaw - Student Radio Association and Social Media Editor at BBC One
Hayley Wiltshire - Station Manager at Wired Student Radio
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