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.

Alex Scott, Jo Currie, Gemma Fay and Sue Smith give their top tips on getting into sport broadcasting.

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!

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