The current Adventures in Scifi Publishing podcast introduces a new feature: Magazine Spotlight. For some unknown reason, Shaun decided that he’d start off this feature with Clarkesworld Magazine and interviewed me for the piece. I’ve never done a recorded or live interview before and found the experience a bit unnerving. It’s so much easier to come up with answers after the microphone is turned off and your brain is once again fully functional. Fortunately, Shaun was able to edit out some of my tongue-tied brainless moments and make it a lot better.
This whole experience has reminded me of how things were about 15 years ago. I was working for a university at the time and had to give regular presentations about our laptop program during admissions events and conferences. Public speaking scared the hell out of me, but after a while, I learned some coping mechanisms and eventually became comfortable with it. Unfortunately, I’m realizing now that these were visual in nature and don’t cross-over.
I don’t know that I’ll ever do something like this again, but it seems to me that I should be better prepared in the event that I do. Anyone have any advice to offer?