Alex Scott: How to make it as a pundit
What does it take to break into the world of sport punditry?
With England through to the semi-finals in the Women's World Cup, all eyes are on captain Steph Houghton and the team to bring it home. But where would we be without our trusty pundits in the studio to take us through the highs and lows of the game?
If you've got the gift of the gab and know the ins and outs of the offside rule, a career in sports broadcasting might be right up your street. In an exclusive interview for BBC Bitesize, we caught up with Alex Scott and her fellow pundits at the World Cup in France to get their top tips for breaking into the industry.
Top tips for making it as a pundit
Be yourself. It's you and your personality that will really come through when you commentate
Let your passion for the sport show through
Be prepared and know your stuff
Network and build good relationships with people in the field
Stay focused on your goal
Take yourself outside your comfort zone
Learn the skill of conversation – be able to listen, analyse information, take on feedback and apply it going forward
Don't give up! There will be ups and downs but you're doing something you love, so stick with it!