I would highly recommend Gerry Matalon to any broadcaster regardless of age or experience. He will make you better! Gerry has been a tremendous asset in my growth as a broadcaster and college football analyst. I have worked with many coaches in my lifetime and Gerry has been among the best. Here’s how:
In Studio: Gerry helped me improve my physical presence. I had a bad habit of slouching and had horrible posture. After film review sessions we were able to recognize and correct the problem. We also worked on verbal presentation where he identified my voice trailing off at the end of sentences. Another example of identifying and correcting a problem.
As a College Football Analyst: [By] starting my analysis with the HEADLINE first, this allowed me to shorten my point and not let the point get lost with too many words.
Gerry is one one of the good guys! He helped get me comfortable in my role at ESPN and put me in a position to be successful. He is the ultimate team player.
I have been fortunate to work with some great coaches in my life, and Gerry Matalon is one of them. He is a great communicator who can pinpoint and articulate what you need to do to improve yourself on-air. His coaching helped me become more confident and comfortable working as a studio analyst.
Gerry taught me the little nuances of broadcasting. Most importantly, how to be myself as a broadcaster. After every meeting with him, I walked away more confident in my profession.
Gerry has an uncanny ability to understand the challenges that on-air people face. He helped me better understand how to enhance my personality and the personalities of my colleagues on the set. He has a helpful way of showing you how to display your human side while maintaining a high level of professionalism.
I consider Gerry a trusted confidante. There is no one better at establishing a rapport with on-air people. He is particularly gifted dealing with analysts who are making the transition into broadcasting. The list of people he has helped dramatically improve their performance is extensive. Gerry has been an important person in my career.
I’ve witnessed first hand the teaching methods that Gerry uses while training athletes for potential media opportunities. The beauty is, it’s not just “his methods” he’s trying to teach you, it’s that his methods get results! Turn on a TV anywhere, and it’s clear that Gentle Gerry is a force unparalleled in this business.
When I was hired at ESPN in 2006 I was extremely inexperienced. The company took a chance on me! I knew the opportunity was tremendous but I was also aware that it came with many challenges, specifically learning how to position myself for growth in a highly competitive industry. Originally hired as a NASCAR reporter, I very quickly started to ask advice on how to branch out to more mainstream sports like football and basketball. There were many people who helped guide me through the process and Gerry Matalon was at the top of the list. Whenever I had a question or concern I knew I could pick up the phone and call “G-Mat” and he would do everything in his power to help me. From career advice to just being a great friend, Gerry’s guidance played a pivotal role in helping me identify and reach my professional goals.
Gerry has an exceptional ability to connect with people and earn their trust quickly. Because he is authentic, he can give constructive criticism, and it is well received. Professionally, I only spent a short time with Gerry, but he taught me things I carry with me to this day. Personally, I appreciate his friendship because he makes me a better person in numerous ways.
Gerry Matalon has been an important part of my ESPN life for the nine years my show has operated out of the Bristol, Connecticut studios. He has always been relentlessly upbeat and positive, always quick with a solution to what seemed like an unfix-able problem and always there with a clear-eyed vision of how to navigate complex in-house politics.
He knows TV from the ground up. He knows what makes talent tick and knows the right unique buttons to push to get the most out of each individual talent, especially those who played and coached at the highest levels.
The secret to all this well may be Gerry’s gift for listening and actually hearing.
Gerry’s decades of experience and passion to help in every aspect of broadcasting are unmatched. His coaching is honest, sincere, and clearly gives you actionable steps to improve everyday.
As a wide eyed rookie in a whole new world, I was so grateful to have Gerry coach me. His unwavering confidence in me was extremely impactful and I am forever indebted to him.
Gerry is very interactive with people and communicates extremely well. He’s always available and accessible for anyone who needs guidance, advice, support, whatever it may be, from someone who has a keen and experienced trained eye and judgment. He makes work a happier, friendlier and better place.
Passion is what makes people great.
I’ve never met another person more passionate about what he does than Gerry Matalon.
If you’re looking for someone to fuel your fire look no further than Gerry.
No one has had a greater impact on my TV career than Gerry Matalon. Gerry was the first one to take the time to help me with transitioning from the NFL to ESPN and being an Analyst. One of the greatest gifts he gave me was to be bold and dynamic, but only after you have done your home work and you’re prepared! His constant evaluations of my delivery, to my posture, to the use of my hands have all helped me improve and become better on TV.
No one has ever come close to helping me with the personal details that are critical on TV.
Gerry Matalon has been an influential figure in my 12 years at ESPN. From his non-stop positivity to his helpful guidance and direction with all matters both on-air and off, Gerry was a valuable resource to so many during his 27 years at ESPN.
His knowledge of all things TV coupled with his impeccable people skills would make Gerry a welcome addition to any company involved in the media business.
Gerry Matalon or “Gmat” to those of us that know him best, is as good as it gets at what he does.
He knows how to bring out the best in everyone he meets. His smile and engaging personality make any meeting an entertaining and informative one. Gerry knows what he’s talking about and those that have taken his advice and followed his lead have almost always excelled right to the top.
There are those in this business who say they care about people, and then there’s Gerry Matalon.
Whether it’s checking your on-air performance, or asking about your kids, he’s sincere, and in your corner.