I was a bundle of nerves walking down that lonely path down to the radio studio. I kept thinking about what I wanted to say, and also asking myself, what have I gotten into?
Meeting my host, Angela, was a big help as she set me at ease quickly. She also drew clear directions about the topics we would cover and how she will lead me through them. It was very reassuring!
To be honest, when I first got her email invitation to come on the show, I was like, what credentials do I have? What can I say that might benefit others from listening? My first reaction was, no no no I don’t need to put myself through this stress. I should relax and spend my energy on more urgent things.
But it kept nagging at me. That this could be an opportunity to encourage someone, which I guess is the main reason why I write in this space too. (Yes…writing is therapeutic for me but I’m also driven by a desire to share and encourage those who may be struggling and working through similar issues as I.)
So finally I mustered up courage to respond to her email, and in it I expressed my worry about doing a live interview too. But like a pro, my host gave some words of reassurance and then left me with very little room to wriggle myself out of it. (Haha)
And then, I found myself in the studio (that incidentally looks like a big glass tank) yesterday, sharing about my journey and lessons learnt as a mum, wife, and WAHM. I also shared about my thoughts and tips for self-care, as well as the importance of working as a team with your spouse.
It was…surprisingly less intimidating than I’d expected. It felt for the most part (when I overcame the initial jitters) like I was just having a normal conversation with Angela. Also, I thought that I wouldn’t be able to fill up the air-time, since the entire programme is supposed to last one hour. It turned out that the programme would be broken up into four main segments with each segment lasting about 7-8 minutes. And when I was speaking my thoughts, it didn’t feel very long at all! In fact, I was like, hey I want to talk more. 😛
All in all, I learnt some good lessons about going on live radio. One, it’s hard to be 100% coherent and to say all that I really want to. Two, it’s easy to ramble, so it actually helps to have a number of points you wish to bring across for a certain answer, and to quickly move through them, rather than linger. (You’d think that for a PR professional, I would be acquainted with all these basics, but trust me, when you’re preparing other people for the hot seat, it always seems a lot simpler.)
The words may not have come out perfectly. And my thoughts may have been jumbled at various points. But I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to try something new, and to learn from it. I hope in future my kids will read this and decide for themselves (when they are greeted with a daunting task) to choose courage over fear.
It’s good to step out of our comfort zone, once in a while. 🙂
If you can, do catch the repeat episode on radio 93.8 this Saturday at 9pm or Sunday at 3pm. I really hope you’ll enjoy listening to the interview!
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