The Radio Interview – Listen to the Interview – LIVE Recording!
Listen to me now!
So this morning I was asked to come into the ABC radio station for an interview all about my book. I was incredibly nervous and way out of my comfort zone. When the presenter asked me if I’d like to come in – I had to quickly email a ‘yes’ before I chickened out!
You see, I’m a writer. I’m not a celebrity who loves the sound of her own voice. I hate public speaking with a capital H. I remember having to do presentations at university and I was pretty much convinced that being tortured for days on end would be preferable. I am quite a shy person and the thought of talking to a radio station was quite frankly terrifying.
But here’s the thing. It was an excellent opportunity. A once in a lifetime chance to talk to Australia about my new book. I had to push my fear to the side, somehow. I’m a grown woman now. I am no longer that shy girl. Or so I told myself.
As I was sitting in the waiting room. I was trying to take in my surroundings. I was annoyed at myself for not having the foresight to take up meditation. I had heard about deep breathing, so I was breathing in and out like a blow fish in the waiting area. It wasn’t helping. So I tried some positive self-talk, I told myself, this is a nice radio station. People work here everyday. It is no big deal. The presenter sounds lovely. I can do this. This is not life or death for goodness sake. This is a positive experience. This is supposed to be exciting so stop freaking out.
But my thoughts quickly changed to,
Oh no! What if my mind goes blank? What if I say something stupid? What if the presenter asks me really tough questions? What if…?
Alana, come on in. Thanks so much for coming in today.
Breathe, remember to breathe! For gods sake stay calm and just talk!
It wasn’t so bad. Yes I was nervous to begin with. But I surprised myself. I managed to get the words out. My heart wasn’t pounding so much. I was able to hold it all together.
Wait a minute. Hold on. I was actually enjoying myself.
So what did I learn?
Do whatever terrifies us. Really. The things that terrify us – just ignore the fear. Feel the sensations, the heart beating out the chest, the shaky hands, the room spinning, the clammy, sticky skin. Embrace the fear.
I will no doubt cringe at some of my answers and kick myself for not explaining myself better. But that’s OK. It is all a great learning experience. I can only get better. I did it. I pushed my fear to the side.
I must have been alright. I must have talked like a normal human being. They asked me if I’d like to come in and do a live talk show. If I’d be keen to chat about the news and events in the area. I said ‘yes’ before I chickened out!
Here’s the Chick Chat live talk show segment that I did.
TIP: How did I get on ABC radio? About a week before I was in the newspaper. I had contacted a local journalist and simply asked her to write an article about my new book. I mentioned that I was a local resident and how I’d be so pleased to have her support. I got lucky, the journalist is a positive soul – she loves a happy news story! Newspapers still have a lot of power. Do everything you can to get your writing in a newspaper. You never know who will read the article. What have you got to lose? If a paper says no, try another one. What’s so bad about someone saying no? Just keep moving forward until you get a yes! Here’s the article.
Steel Magazine, an American multicultural publication has endorsed my book and awarded me with ‘Book of the Month.’ The owner of this ZAE publishing magazine, Ro May, has been a great supporter of my book:
Here is my book’s marketing video – not the book trailer: