The nervous laugh. The muddled head. The goofy, tense posture. The dumb face and dumpy body. I wish I was better at doing TV interviews. But for some reason, that’s not to be.
I recently did an interview on a local station that helps locals promote their work, fundraisers, etc. The lady doing the interview is a consummate professional. Many of her guests are great at PR and do fantastically. Then there are jokers like me.
Here’s the interview to show you what I mean. The show is WEHT’s Local Lifestyles and the host is Ange Humphrey.
I will share that the trip to the interview is not a pretty story and contributed to the worst of the interviews I’ve ever done. Let me give you the highlights.
First of all, I really did not mentally prepare like I’d hoped. Even that morning, I knew I was ill prepared. In my defense, I did plan to go a bit early to make sure I could find the place trusting my GPS. I figured if I found it and had lots of time, I could drive somewhere nearby, like a Starbucks and prepare a few thoughts.
My grandkid called and needed a ride to school. This worked into my plan. I would drop her off at school and be about an hour ahead of schedule; find the place and follow above said plan.
I live in Evansville, Indiana, across the border, the Ohio River, from Kentucky. The studio is in Henderson, Kentucky. I cross over into Kentucky and hear Ping! Ping! Ping! I look down to where the hideous sound comes from on my dashboard and a big ugly, orange warning sign is telling me my car is losing power.
My GPS which by the way speaks in a lovely female voice enhanced with a sweet British accent, is telling me in 2 miles I will be turning left. I tell her I hope so. Her prediction comes true. But the dashboard continues to clang and flash its orange message which includes the biggest, fattest, and vilest exclamation point I’ve ever seen.
“In a quarter of a mile you will be turning right,” GPS says.
“Your engine is losing power,” Dashboard screams.
Through the willowy white cloud of steam coming from my engine, I can see a quarter mile ahead – all up hill. Unfortunately, the sign is on the left, not right as GPS informs.
“You have arrived and your destination is on the RIGHT,” she says.
I forgive her because, like me, she has been negatively affected by the ping, ping ponging, the steam, and the fowl order of boiling antifreeze. I turn LEFT to climb another hill into the guest parking lot. I back into the parking space, just in case I need a tow. (That had to be divinely inspired, because I had lost my wits about 21/4 miles earlier.)
I make it into the reception area, explain why I am here and why soooo early. Now, the receptionist knows about my car troubles. She offers assistance and I suggest I’d like to wait until after the interview. I ask if it is alright if I wait here for the next HOUR. She politely affirms the plan.
Honestly, I tried preparing for the interview, but the car issues kept crowding any other thoughts out. I try to put the car to the back by butting in to anyone’s and everyone’s conversation that enters into the reception area. It doesn’t work. I think it does make me the weirdo hanging out in the lobby and I believe it is no coincidence that the traffic through the lobby slows down.
I give up on trying to prepare and work on trying to stop focusing on the car, so I watch the two huge screen TVs. I came close once until a man comes in and informs me that my car was smoking when I arrived. Many different thoughts entered my mind to respond to his observation, but I thank him instead with all the sincerity in me.
I say all this to say I was a bit distracted during the interview and to make excuses for my lack of preparation which might explain my Goober-like responses and persona. But in all honesty, the interview was only a trifle worse than any other interviews I’ve done.
So, if anyone out there would like to share some tips, I am open for advice.
I did meet the other guests who all did very well. I guess there has to be one goofball in the bunch. Today, I was it.
Categories: Speaking truth
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