How do I learn to speak well in radio interviews?
February 1, 2007 11:35 AM Subscribe
I'm generally a fairly confident guy. I write well. I can carry on an intelligent conversation. I'm a salesman by training. I acted on stage in high school. In college I could deliver (and enjoy) speeches of all sorts. I can even hold my own when interviewed for the newspaper or for a podcast. But when it comes to speaking on live radio, I'm a nervous wreck. What can I do to improve?
posted by jdroth to human relations (18 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm shaking all over. I was just interviewed by a Seattle radio station, and my mind froze. I couldn't remember even simple concepts. I was stumbling all over myself. I had stage fright. It was an embarrasment.
This has happened to me twice before, though many years ago. Each time it's the same thing: I freeze under the pressure of a live interview. Is there any way to cope with this? Or should I simply recognize this as a weakness and avoid radio interviews? (And are television interviews any different?)
I'd be all depressed about how poorly I just came off if I didn't find it so amusing in a sad and pathetic sort of way!