The Rhode Show On-Air Prep Guide

The Rhode Show On-Air Preparation Checklist

As a guest and content contributor to The Rhode Show, we want to make sure you are ready for your segment.  Below are a few simple guidelines to help ensure a great experience:

  1. Prepare: Create simple talking points that cover the information you will be sharing.  Producers from the show will review and outline your segment for you prior to taping.  If this is your first time on TV, practice with a friend so you feel natural telling your story.
  2. Feel good = Look good:  Try to get a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast before your segment or off site shoot.  Don’t overdo the caffeine either!  You want to be at the top of your game for your TV appearance.
  3. Dress:  Solid colors are best, generally avoid white and really bright yellows.  Try to avoid tights patterns.
  4. Speaking: Concise full sentences are best.  These are approximately two to three minute segments so you will not always have time to elaborate.

Tips for Appearing On-camera

Studies show viewers judge a person within the first 30 seconds of viewing a segment. Following, are a few tips to help you make that impression favorable.


  • Whether dealing with television or personal appearances, your outfit is NOT what you want people to remember about you.
  • White shirts reflect too much light, choose a subtle color like light blue or beige.
  • Choose an outfit that looks good when standing and comfortable when sitting. Remember that cameras are sometimes placed at low levels. Slacks, knee length or longer skirts are recommended over short skirts.
  • Refrain from wearing distracting trims like large bows or numerous ruffles. Remove pens and eyeglasses from pockets.
  • Avoid small high contrast patterns or lines, like herringbone, as well as bold checks or plaids. Solid colors with a colorful scarf or tie look good.


  • Mild or pastel colors and subtle patterns work best under television lights.
  • Avoid pure white and black clothing, as they make skin tones appear harsh.
  • Bright reds and oranges sometimes “bleed” or smear on television; avoid them.


  • Avoid shiny, reflective jewelry; it reflects light and can damage cameras or create a flaring effect.
  • Choose solid colored accessories or ones with simple patterns that don’t appear too busy.
  • Keep jewelry simple so it does not make noise when you move your head or body.
  • Avoid dangling earrings which can distract viewers.


  • For Women – foundation and lipstick help to keep you from looking tired or washed out.
  • Don’t wear dark, heavy makeup colors; television tends to create its own natural shadows.
  • For Men – Shave before appearing if you have “5 o’clock shadow” or use a powder close to your skin color to lessen the appearance of your beard.
  • A light powdering on balding heads can prevent shiny spots as well.

Body Language

  • SMILE – this makes you look confident and comfortable. Avoid nervous fidgeting with pens, glasses, change, etc.
  • Be aware of your posture. Keep shoulders relaxed and both feet on the floor.
  • Maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Even if someone else is talking the camera is still on and you may be showing in the shot.
  • Continue to participate in the conversation by using body language to show your interest.

Graphics and Props

  • Graphics and/or props can enhance your message but only if they are correctly prepared for television and used properly. Please don’t create any graphics or bring any props without first consulting with The Rhode Show staff.