Archive for June, 2015

19
Jun

Help Us Out…

Just like a puppy is not just for Christmas, I would also like to mobilise at least an iota of your sympathy for TV and radio interviewers. Despite often being ego-driven, and more rarely being overpaid, this strange tribe are human beings too. Really! It means we bring many imperfections to the interview process and it sets you, as the guest, a challenge. Putting our deliberately difficult characteristics aside, we might actually feel well disposed towards you and your issue, and ...

12
Jun

The Trouble With Sir Tim…

Sir Tim Hunt - Nobel Laureate and Royal Society Fellow observed the following earlier this week at a conference in South Korea: "Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry." As a result he has found himself at the centre of an intense media storm and resigned his honorary post at UCL. So ...

11
Jun

Dig Deep…

The red light is going on and it's curtain up! Well, not really. Disappointing as it will be for some, going live on TV or radio shouldn't be showtime. Those that fall into the trap of feeling the need to perform, are more likely to adopt unhelpful characteristics which make them seem somewhat unnatural.The over effusive, the smiler whose demeanour freezes in the effort to be constantly amenable, the emphasiser who makes every word sound important. They are, of course, working ...

11
Jun

Landing Pad…

We heard a lovely way of describing a priority for interviews the other day. It was about making your point. Specifically, in the words of the delegate, it was about making your point land. This insight really struck a chord. The insubstantial or vague observation will float about, likely to be blown off course by the hot air of your interviewer. It's not the sort of point which will settle in the minds of the audience or act as a magnet to ...