Marty Smith: From a humble beginning to an ESPN Personality and Public Speaker.

Ryan / 09-02-2021

Marty Smith was raised in a small town and later went on to become one of the most celebrated sports journalists of this decade. His short stint with NASCAR landed him a coveted job with ESPN – a dream come true for Marty, and the world of sports gets an amazing broadcaster who is also a great human being.

Marty talks about his upbringing and how it shaped him into what he is today. “I grew up about 25 miles west of Virginia Tech’s campus in a little town called Perrysburg. And I would not trade my upbringing there for anything” says Marty.

Soon after sharing his story, the conversation quickly took a philosophical turn, laced with personal anecdotes and life lessons. “My greatest insecurity is that I like to be liked. And in our business, man, that ain’t a good one to have”, says Marty.

Marty went on to talk about his experiences as a sports journalist, and how one of his career instances forever altered his approach to interviewing people. “If I’m interviewing someone, it’s about asking them open-ended questions that let them tell me their story, rather than trying to drive them towards a story” explains Marty. 

Marty also talked about the three key things you can control and implement in your professional life to succeed, regardless of circumstances. “I control how nice I am to other people. I control how hard I’m willing to work and give every last ounce of everything I am to whatever that challenge is before me in that I do that with undeniable positive energy,” says Marty.

Marty’s take on the buzzwords in the Radcast’s Rad or Fad rapid fire round is worth listening to this podcast till the end. 

The Radcast is one of the fastest-growing marketing and business podcasts in the US. The show now averages over 500 audio downloads a day and over 15,000 downloads a month across all platforms. 

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