Are you a generator or a reactor? In this episode I talk about the personality you take on when you speak in public. You likely fall into one of two broad categories: generators and reactors.
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Many of the ideas in this episode were inspired by Valerie Geller’s book Beyond Powerful Radio: A Communicator’s Guide to the Internet Age chapter two, which is titled, “Are you a Generator or a Reactor?”
Generators are bursting with ideas that come from within, but they can work either alone or with others.
Some statements that describe a generator:
“A generator is undaunted by a blank page.”
“Has a strong, independent imagination”
“Can easily work alone or as part of a team.”
“Has a lot of ideas and energy.”
“Can sit in a room alone, and their mind overflows with ideas.”
Who are some “Generators” in the world of pharmacy podcasts? In my humble opinion, two pharmacist podcasters who come mind: Dr. Adam Martin (host of The Fit Pharmacist Podcast) and Dr. Erin L. Albert (host of The Edutainer Podcast).
Reactors are also creative individuals. A reactor “reacts” to something as the source of their material.
Some statements that describe reactors:
“A reactor faces a blank page with terror.”
“A reactor can be very funny or comment thoughtfully when paired with a generator.” I like to think of this in improv terms. A reactor can, “Yes, and” very well.
Reactors “react” well in an interview situation when guests generate for them.”
Being a reactor or a generator is like being right or left handed. One isn’t better than the other, however, most people are reactors. True generators are rare. If needed, a right-handed person can learn to use their left hand, and a left-handed person can learn to use their right hand. Could you adapt to be a generator or a reactor if the occasion called for it? I bet you could! This could apply to any type of public speaking, like leading a session at a conference, working in a group, being a podcast guest, or hosting a podcast. Lots of situations.
During this episode, I discuss:
What would happen if you put a reactor in the role of a generator?
What would happen if you put a generator in the role of a reactor?
What would happen if you put two reactors together?
What would happen if you put two generators together?
Are you a generator or reactor looking to start a podcast?
- Why are you starting a podcast?
- Who is it for?
- What do you want listeners to do with the information?
In podcasting, knowing some of the common pitfalls, like putting two generators or two reactors together can help.
- Ask good questions.
- Interrupt and redirect when necessary.
- And remember to deliver the content that your audience wants to hear.
On my journey from pharmacist to voice actor and podcast host, I have learned that I need something to react to in order to create podcast episodes. Identifying and developing your strengths will serve you well in your public-speaking roles. Embrace your personality (whichever one it is), do your best with the strengths you have, and challenge yourself to grow. Generate for other reactors; challenge generators to react for you; and be the best generator or reactor you can be.
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