I was interviewed for a podcast for The National Writing for Children Center today. The podcast should be up on their site sometime next week. I’ve never done a TV interview before (I’ve only been asked to do one once — right after M is for Minnesota came out. And I turned it down), but I have done radio before. Doing a podcast is kind of like doing a radio interview. And I’m not normally any more excited about doing radio interviews than I am about doing TV interviews. Even though the audience can’t actually see you on a radio interview, they can HEAR you. So you have to sound articulate. And there usually isn’t a whole lot of editing of the actual interview (sometimes the interview is even LIVE!), so whatever you say, that’s what goes on the air.
Still…the podcast thing went okay. (I wouldn’t blog about it if it hadn’t gone at least okay…) I didn’t stumble over my words TOO badly. I did have a few ah’s and um’s…probably not as many as I would have had if I hadn’t joined Toastmasters last fall. It helped that I had the questions ahead of time and knew what was going to be asked. And Suzanne was a very nice interviewer (I’ve known her online for many years, so it was nice to hear her voice).
The one thing I didn’t think about until after the interview was over was: with a radio interview, you do it and it’s gone. Very few people will ever find the interview again once it’s been on the air. But a podcast could be around forever! I HOPE I was articulate.
The more of these kinds of things I do, the more comfortable I’ll get with them. So I’m glad I had the opportunity. And I know it’s good to do things like this…just like it’s good to eat vegetables. And exercise. I’ve gotten to the point where I actually enjoy vegetables and exercise, so maybe one day I’ll enjoy being interviewed and doing speaking engagements? (I already enjoy SOME speaking engagements…I enjoy talking to KIDS…it’s grown-ups who scare me.)