In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Carmel Cato hosted a talk show called In the Afternoon. The show ran from 1987 to 1992, and reunited him with his former colleagues at NBC, who later passed on the opportunity to bring him back due to low ratings.
After leaving television, he went on to write books and lecture about human behavior and tactics in business. His expertise still rings true today, as his speaking engagements are always filled with laughs and relevance.
His final segment on In the Afternoon was a interview segment where a listener would call in and ask a question for him. The last question would be: “Thank you for spending your time answering my questions.”
This segment is what we are focusing on here, as we take a look at some of Carmel Cato’s most memorable segments from past shows.
Understanding his message
At the end of his segment, Carmel Cato says that he’s thankful for his family and friends, his job, and that he’s saved a few lives. This makes him seem like he cares about his viewers and what happens in the world after he’s gone.
He also uses humor to connect with his audience. By using jokes to make him more understandable, people can feel more involved in the show and feel like they are listening to someone they know. This is a nice way of showing his dedication to God and helping people find hope during tough times.
However, this may not be an important part of this show. Currently, there are no appearances from any celebrities or experts in the world of faith. This will likely change as guest producers join the show in the future. It will become more like every episode becomes a conversation between CCTO and someone who is facing a life transition.
Reflecting on identity
As a black woman, Carmel says, your identity is very important to you. You spend a lot of time thinking about it and talking about it.
And as a Latina, she adds, you feel very passionate about your Latin American heritage. You wouldn’t just pick American or European as choices for who you are.
You feel like something is missing if you don’t include that heritage in your identity. Heading into this segment, Carmel was looking at some data on how many black women choose fertility treatment and why that might be different from how many white women do.
She found that there were several reasons why fewer black women choose fertility treatment than other women do. She said she had heard before about the “cultural pressures” people face to not get pregnant and treated her interview segment as though she were talking directly to her audience — an assumption that many viewers might make.
Creating an authentic self
At the end of his segment, Carmel says that he hopes his viewers learn something about themselves and how they feel about life.
He also says that he feels like he’s been putting out a fire for years but doesn’t always realize it.
This is a great way to close out his segment and remind people to continue to create an authentic self.
By continuing to share their stories with the world, they can grow stronger as individuals and in connection with others.
Paul Tough has been sharing stories for years and has helped thousands of people do the same.
After sharing his story, Carmel says he needs to seek guidance. What does this mean? He asks viewers to listen to his segment so he can find the answers he needs.
Counseling is a way of getting people together, speaking with another to receive guidance. Carmel has chosen to speak with us, the viewers, directly. This is a powerful way of presenting information and entering into a conversation with you.
By going this route, Carmel is putting himself in the hands of people who know more about addiction than he does. He is asking for help and acceptance from people he may not trust but really need to hear from.
This speaks volumes about how important it is for people in recovery to talk about their experiences with others, whether that’s through a phone call or social media post. Your continued recovery depends on what you choose to share.
Looking to the future
After having the opportunity to meet and chat with many people, Carmel says that he is inspired by people who work hard and stay true to their goals. He mentions this in his segment and encourages you to do the same.
He also mentions that staying motivated is the hardest part about dieting, so you have no excuses not to succeed!
By staying motivated, you will most likely keep your dieting up. You can make a point of watching your food intake every day if you feel like it, but you can also go a step further and monitor your progress.
Monitoring your progress will help you know if you are close to your goal or if something has changed which impacted your success. It will also help you know if something was the way to get there or if something else made a change so that you could continue reaching my goal.
Some segments of the media focus only on people who are “perfect.” They think because they don’t show any flaws, they are “perfect.”
Well, this is not health into. This is health into perfectionism.
If you’re a person who shows emotion, you know that there are times when you feel good, and times when you feel bad. This is a fact of life, and we all need to learn how to manage this part of ourselves so we don’t run out of energy or hurt or feeling anything but confidence in our ability to do so.
By learning how to manage our emotionality, we will gain more self-confidence in everything we do and in ourselves. We will also learn who we are by what we feel and how we handle things.
This will help us live a more complete life with no self-confidence gaps.
Understanding the context
As a general rule, television newsmagazines feature interviews with no more than three interviewees. This allows for adequate time for each person to share their insight, as well as for the segment to come to a close.
Most television newsmagazines are longer than a regular length segment, so having enough time to have everyone share their insights is difficult.
Having only three interviewees makes it easier to find someone suitable as a substitute for one missing person. Someone may not know about all the other people who were interviewed, but can easily find someone appropriate to speak to.
The problem comes when one person is left out of the segment because they do not get enough airtime or because they are not seen as an important piece of information.
Recognizing the journey
After being through all this, you should be able to recognize the signs of addiction. You should be able to say no to things that tempt you to fall back into drugs or alcohol, in your case, harmful behavior.
As a therapist, I see my clients every day and know how hard it is for them to recognize the signs of addiction and relapse. Slipping back into old patterns of drug or alcohol use is one of the most common ways people relapse, from a medical standpoint.
Your journey is worth celebrating, so I recommend having an honest talk with yourself about what you’ve gone through and how you’ve come out the other side. It’s helpful to have other people on your team who can help you look at yourself in a new light.