GMA: Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

George Stephanopoulos

Lesson time 09:20 min

Being perceived as one who can embrace humor and spontaneity helps make you a more relatable communicator. George talks about how pushing your boundaries can help you improve your communication in interactions both planned and spontaneous.

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Topics include: GMA: Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone * Know Your Audience * Let People In * Points To Remember


[MUSIC PLAYING] - Mark. INTERVIEWER: As someone who's a professional communicator, do you feel like there's a danger of taking yourself too seriously sometimes? - Well, my wife would certainly agree with that. There's no danger in taking yourself too seriously on GMA because there's going to be something that happens every single morning that takes you outside of your comfort zone. Now sometimes, I resist that. There's no question about that. As I've said, I don't think viewers will ever see me dance on national television. - Come on, big daddy! [MUSIC PLAYING] Come on! Hey! - That doesn't stop. Either Robin or Michael or Amy or TJ or Lara, whoever I'm with that day for-- from when somebody is dancing, or when they're about to start dancing on set, from making a point of asking me if I'm going to dance. MICHAEL STRAHAN: Come on, George! Get it on, baby! - Come on, turn up. - Whoa! - Ready? - And every time everybody asks the question, they know exactly what the answer is going to be. But it's all fun. [MUSIC PLAYING] I never thought I'd be an anchor on GMA. The first time I was asked, I said no. The second time I was asked, I said no. The third time I was asked, I said no. I said no three times. I just didn't think it was for me. But it was also one of those moments, you know, when your bosses say we want you to take this job. If you don't take it, you're limiting your own ability to do the other kinds of things you might want to be doing at the networks. I thought about it, and I decided to say yes. I started, I guess, in December, 2009. [MUSIC PLAYING] One of the things I've learned about morning television especially is that you're-- you're an intimate part of people's lives. They're watching you while they are making breakfast, or sending their kids off to school. Or just turning on the television when they get up in the morning, or getting ready for work. And you're like the extra presence at that breakfast table. And I think that you have to honor that, and that means showing a little bit more of yourself. - I have no idea where George is. I have no-- I mean-- - You didn't do that with cord. MATT DAMON: No, no. I wouldn't do that. - One of the most important things for a broadcaster on morning television, dealing with this whole range of different kinds of subjects as people are beginning their day. Some funny, some sad, some heartbreaking, some informative. It's in each one of those moments, react appropriately to the moment. As a human being would react in the moment. Don't put on an act. We want to show you that picture again. Look at this shrimp on a treadmill. Oh, I'm sorry. - Really? GEORGE STEPHANOPOLOUS: Sam, you know-- SAM CHAMPION: That's the worst intro I've ever had. Take a look at this shrimp on a treadmill. George. George. ...

About the Instructor

Legendary interviewer and broadcaster George Stephanopoulos has navigated challenging interviews for more than 30 years—as former White House communications director and presently as co-anchor of Good Morning America. Now he’s teaching you how to project confidence under pressure and draw the best value from your own professional and personal interactions, becoming a stronger, more intentional communicator.

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