The below was my status feed a year ago on Facebook. I thought I’d share it so people can either laugh or learn. Both are very important.
Today was my first TV interview. I think I’m supposed to pretend that it’s all in a day’s work and I’m blasé about this kind of stuff… Lots of people I know seem to do this regularly. For me it was my first time and I wanted to share the experience so that everybody else knows it is ok to get nervous and you survive and learn as you go.
Here’s how it went:
1. 3 visits to the toilet in the hour leading up to it
2. “Better with jacket on or off? Or on? No, off… On? Off” – that lasted about five minutes
3. There is a large amount of unusable footage where I’m caught out by hugely difficult questions like “What does HR do?” and “What is your job?”.
4. I use the word “profound” about 17 times. Everything is a profound change or has profound impact or is profoundly interesting.
5. I imagine anyone watching in HD will be able to see my lip becoming increasingly sweaty. SD viewers will be OK.
6. I’m pretty sure I broke every guidance on position offered to me by our PR team, but it was such a blur I can’t quite work out if I managed the whole set.
7. At one point they asked me “What are the main employment trends currently?”. I couldn’t manage one trend. After a pause I said… “Self employment is going up which is good and….not good”
That’s how it really went.
#Failoutloud folks, as the very wise Marco would encourage me to do.