I recently had an opportunity to tape a 30 minute segment on a health related talk show. In the weeks before the taping I’d made myself abit nervous about it. Which are the most important points? How will I make sure to get to them all? How will I get it to flow in a sequence that makes the most sense? I wrote many drafts of outlines to send to Carol Merton, the host of the show then finally, contacted her to ask if we could discuss it before the taping date.
Carol was very generous with her time and we had our telephone meeting on a weekend.
Carol let me know that her usual plan of action is to start from the beginning. In the first 7 or 8 minutes of the show she goes through an introduction of the guest and the basics of the topic.
This didn’t go with what I’d written! I thought we’d talk about blindness in general at first, get to the white cane and how it had started off as a symbol only, then when I’d talk about how it’s no longer as well understood in its function as just a symbol, I’d segue into talking about the checkered eye.
So I decided to rewrite my outline to go along with Carol’s standard procedure. After all, she’s the expert here. Well actually, in our phone chat Carol had mentioned that I am the expert on the checkered eye…I had a light bulb moment: If we have a full 30 minutes to sit and talk about the checkered eye project, surely I can manage to get around to the most important points about it!
Again life reminded me to be present, do my best in the moment, and trust myself to deal with the outcome.
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