HOW TO BE A TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, INTERVIEW GUEST – from Media Creation

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HOW TO BE A TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE INTERVIEW GUEST

I told you how to be a effective guest.

Here’s the flip side.

HOW TO BE A TERRIBLE GUEST

These tips will help you to do the worst possible interview:

1. Don’t be nervous. It is not natural. So let’s get that out of the way.

2. Don’t listen to the interviews that have already been done by the host. You want to be as spontaneous as possible, right?

3. Don’t take out your book or product and look at it objectively.

4. Don’t decide what are the most interesting or unique parts.

5. Ignore your primary message. Let your host figure it out. They asked you.

6. Assume your host has done serious homework and knows all about you.

Since this is probably not true – What were you trying to say? If a stranger asked you what your book or product is about and you had 30 seconds, what would you tell them? Some people call this an “elevator pitch.” The amount of time you might have in the time you were in an elevator.

7. Don’t make a list of the questions you would like to be asked.

8. Make sure the answers can be answered with a simple yes or a no. You want to drive the interviewer crazy.

8. Don’t practice answering the questions you have listed. No, not in your head. Out loud. Maybe in a mirror.

9. Talk very slowly. People can take a little nap while you are speaking.

10. Don’t pull out a few short stories to spice up your points.

11. Always promote yourself and your product as often as possible during the interview. Keep spelling out your URL This is about you anyway.

12. If you are on video, wear a crazy print or a T shirt with a slogan on it. Maybe a hat would be more effective.

(If you are on radio, you can wear your pajamas)

13. Don’t wear makeup. You want people to see the real “transparent” you.

14. Be prepared to never be invited back again by anyone.

15. To insure this, put the bad interview on your webpage or blog.

16. Go back to #1 and do the opposite.

Editor’s note: Regarding #1 – It is OK to be nervous. It gives you an edge. The famous Helen Hayes said she would never want to get on a stage with an actor who did not have stage fright.

You are in business. The business of promoting.

The “Universe” will not do it for you.

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Naomi from business start ups
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March 20, 2014 at 6:51 am

Hi Corinne,

This is my favorite…
“#8. Make sure the answers can be answered with a simple yes or a no. You want to drive the interviewer crazy”.

Because a few years back I was such a nervous person I would have given short answers just to get out of the interview as quickly as possible! I’m a lot more confident now.

But I’m glad to hear being nervous is actually a good thing…
“Editor’s note: Regarding #1 – It is OK to be nervous. It gives you an edge. The famous Helen Hayes said she would never want to get on a stage with an actor who did not have stage fright”

Thanks for a great guide.

Naomi
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Corinne
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March 22, 2014 at 6:20 am

Dear Naomi -

Everyone is nervous. When I worked with Wisdom Television, I did 400 shows – every one nerve wracking – until the floor director gave me the signal to GO.

We did 5 half hours at a time. All different authors. The nervousness wore off after a couple.

Then magically, I was calm and animated.

There is another aspect to be considered. Your guest. A wreck. More than you.

I got a tip from that wonderful old movie review show, Siskel and Ebert. (Rest their sweet souls)

They used to play patty-cake before each show. Do you remember that game?

It gets each of you laughing. It’s so silly.

Another idea is to do some soft shoe tap dancing. (watch the wires you are hooked up to) That takes the edge off.

I can’t imagine your being anything but a great interview.
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Naomi
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March 28, 2014 at 5:14 am

Hi Corinne,

Thanks for the kind words. I do remember patty-cake.

Great advice. Do something silly to get yourself laughing. I’ll try that next time.

Naomi
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Debbie
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March 20, 2014 at 3:03 pm

You are to funny Corinne. Love this!
love this one, . 8. Make sure the answers can be answered with a simple yes or a no. You want to drive the interviewer crazy.

That is if you want to make sure you will never be ask again.
Anyway keep up the great work Corinne. I have never been interview and guess that is really my own doing. You however are the ‘go to lady if you ever need help with an interview coming up.’
Thank you and hope you guys are getting warm these days.
Hugs,
Debbie
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Raymond Chua
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March 21, 2014 at 7:11 pm

That’s hilarious. Really terrible.

The last point cleans it all.

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Corinne
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March 22, 2014 at 6:24 am

Dear Debbie -

Well, maybe it is time. You have a webcam?
They are reasonable now. And a mike? (even cheaper)

Sometime, we can practice.

Are you game?
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Debbie
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March 24, 2014 at 8:29 am

Yes, i do have the webcam. I’ll give that some thought. I do appreciate the offer for practice, because i sure could use it.
Thanks Corinne and hugs to you always.
Debbie :)
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Corinne
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March 22, 2014 at 6:29 am

Dear Raymond -

Glad you thought it was funny. The worst part is that everyone of these things happen every day on many interviews.

The poor interviewer has to try to control it. It can be hard. You have to interrupt sometimes to get your guest back on track – which can be rude – but necessary.

What are you up to? Don’t see many posts from you. Are you on a mountain meditating or something? (Sounds good to me)
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Anne from confidence blog March 24, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I used to work in radio and part of my daily job was to interview people. You were spot on about these. All these facts make terrible interviewees! I hated interviewing guests who did these – especially the ones who said ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to most answers.
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Corinne
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March 25, 2014 at 6:18 am

Dear Anne -

Glad to have found a soulmate who can verify that I am not exaggerating too much here.

Funny of all the worst things, most people picked #8.

It is such a dead end and leaves you no in to get back into the interview.

Larry King used to have a remedy -

He would ask. “What happened?” You can’t answer yes or no to that question.
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AnneV March 24, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Corinne,

Some of these tactics bring me back to some pretty bad blind dates! I would be the one getting nervous after repeated use of #8! At least you can ditch a date, harder when interviewing!

Thanks for the list of what NOT to do as an interview guest!

Anne
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Corinne
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March 25, 2014 at 6:21 am

Dear Anne -

Yes, you can ditch a date. Go to the ladies room and just not come back.

I remember many horrible, terrible blind dates. Most of them were people who talked non- stop about themselves.

Nobody has fixed me up for a long time. What about you?
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Andrew from working from home
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March 26, 2014 at 4:36 am

Corinne

Not so sure about number 13!

Perhaps a little lipstick?

Andrew
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Corinne
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March 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

Dear Andrew -

Of course lipstick and makeup.

This is a spoof on what NOT to do.

Believe me, many interview subjects make all these mistakes.
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Kathryn Dilligard May 4, 2014 at 4:35 am

“You want to drive the interviewer crazy.” LOL Gotta love that tip, Corinne.
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