I lost both my grandfathers by the age of seven. Today I formally request that Richie Benaud takes on the role. There is nobody out there in the aged 80+ bracket that I would rather turn to for professional, personal or spiritual advice.
If you have a job that requires you to communicate, I recommend listening to BBC’s Voices Of Summer now on iPlayer. In it, Richie explains how he goes about television cricket commentary. If you have to carry a room of people with you to get something done, then the advice is equally valid.
Typically, he delivers his advice from the perspective of what he has learned from others. Professional, understated, but utterly in command of his craft.
If you’re not interested; “Welcome to the highlights,” as Richie would say.
- “Use as few words as possible. The best supply a caption to a picture. ”
- “Never ask a statement. Too many times I hear a statement that ends with ‘isn’t it?’ or ‘doesn’t it?’”
- "Never use the phrase 'Of course.'"
- “Always remember the value of the pause,” (taught to him by Australian PM Bob Menzies).
- “Never talk down to people.”
- “Don’t take yourself too seriously.”
- “Always have fun.”