Demonstrate the Ability to Accomplish Communicative Goals
Needless to say, one of the easiest ways we communicate with each other is through speech. In college, I’ve found a way to speak where most others don’t – on the radio.
As a DJ for WJMF Radio, I’ve founded, produced, and co-hosted two radio shows. I’ve established an audience and continue to create weekly content for my listeners. Once I get on air, I perform verbal communication behaviors that illustrate my self-efficacy. Not everyone has strong enough self-efficacy to think they can host and plan a show on a weekly basis, but it’s something I do and love to do.
Hosting a show also requires me to articulate my personal beliefs on the subject matter. By doing so confidently and on a weekly basis, it shows that I have an ability to accomplish my goal of hosting a show. This works on both an interpersonal and mediated level. It’s interpersonal because in the studio my co-host and I are having a legitimate discussion on the movie of the day, yet we’re being broadcasted over a mediated platform.
Hosting a show also requires that I reflect on and evaluate the way I plan my show and how I articulate my beliefs on the show. Picking up on my strengths and weaknesses allows for me to adapt for the next show and go from there. This again ties back to efficacy and how I am in control of my own communication behaviors whether they be face-to-face or voice-to-ear. As a result, the show has gotten to a point where a structure is in place - intro, movie in theaters, genre/franchise/actor discussions, and then close with big news pieces.