When being brave and trying something new helps to build your strengths
Today was a day filled with firsts for me.
It was my first time in a television studio, first time having to wear makeup (rest assured, this was mandatory and purely to combat skin shine), first time having to talk about a topic, professionally, without a presentation or key cards and first time being interviewed on television.
I was lucky enough to be interviewed as a guest on a local national news program talking about Clevrar.
This was of course a wonderful opportunity in terms of exposure but did not go as well as I would have hoped and I certainly fumbled a little through the short dialogue.
See, part of the reason today was rather scary is that I happen to be an introvert and an INTJ, which means that the following descriptions have been used to describe my work ethic, personality traits and character more than once: analytical, tends to be less sociable, spends lots of time in his own mind, organised, methodical, stoic, listens more than he speaks, strategic and the like.
It also means that descriptions such as gregarious, impulsive, social butterfly, spontaneous, bubbly, emotional, risk-taker, gift of the gab or party animal have rarely, if ever been used to describe me (luckily my business partner is a wonderful speaker and has perfect enunciation and diction).
You may at this point be thinking “Okay, so what dude, we’re all different, but why the fuck would you go on television then?”
Well, for a couple of reasons actually.
Firstly, even though I had a feeling that the interview might not have gone perfectly well, I knew that I had to do it, in an effort to embrace every opportunity to spread the word about our fledgling business.
I also knew that I would learn something, and I did.
I learned first hand that no matter how much you prepare, there is always a chance that you might be thrown a curve ball.
See, I’ve also always been rather studious and thus prepared extremely well written responses to a set of possible questions that were most likely to be asked by the interviewer. I also spent many hours attempting to memorize and recall these responses, believing that being super prepared would help me overcome my public speaking concerns.
The problem was, when it came to the actual interview, the anchor elected to improvise somewhat and lead off with a few of his own questions.
I then attempted, on live television, to scan through my memorized responses for one that best fit the tweaked question, rather than responding naturally, which led to me mincing my words somewhat.
I also realized that what I thought were brief yet well detailed responses were in fact woefully too long, and when you’re on television, 10 minutes feels like 2 minutes. There were even instances where I had to be cut off because of the limited time allocated to each respective segment.
These weren’t so much new realizations as much as confirmation of things that I need to work on, that is, “over-planning” and going into too much detail, thereby enabling me to further improve on some of my stronger points, such as writing, research, business analysis and so on.
I also knew that I needed to do the interview for the “what if” factor.
By this I mean, what if a lone, creative and driven, yet, currently unemployed individual happened to catch the interview and the lessons that we provide on the Clevrar portal were just what he was looking for to enable him to kick-start his AR app idea which turns out to be a massive success?
I knew it was my duty to embrace this medium that we haven’t utilized up to this point as an outreach platform and couldn’t bring myself to not explore it.
Lastly, I wanted to do the interview so that I could again say that I #triedmybest
Thanks very much to @ReneVest_ for setting up everything and for your hospitality.