I'm more comfortable as a writer than a talker. Over the years, I've gotten more and more comfortable with public speaking, learning not to over-think while I'm actually doing a talk, but this world is not one where we get to sit too long in our comfort zones. There's always something new.
Tonight, I had the pleasure of talking with Scott Monty and Burt Wolder on their I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast, my first time on a podcast, and boy, was that different. It was fun talking with Scott and Burt, but the awareness of being recorded added a couple of new wrinkles that made the experience very different from a normal public speaking one.
Podcasting is quickly becoming our new radio, just as text-messaging became our new telegrams, and the thing that caught me by surprise was my over-sensitivity to the slightest bit of dead air. In regular public speaking, I've learned to slow myself down and even enjoy taking a nice pause in between thoughts. But talking to Scott and Burt for the podcast? Very different.
The podcast was recorded over the internet using Skype, which meant Scott, Burt, and I were all in our separate homes in the middle of Labor Day weekend. Having listened to I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere many a time before via the web, having their voices coming over the headphones was a lot like listening to the podcast . . . except this time I was expected to participate. Definitely a little surreal at first. If you've ever listened to the podcast, you know what good, radio-quality voices the hosts of I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere have, which adds to the effect.
I found myself over-thinking, just like in my first attempts at public speaking: Should I have stopped talking just there? That wasn't a very descriptive way to say that. What was the name of that one book? I suddenly can't remember the name of Jacquelynn's event . . . or her last name . . . work, damn you, brain, work!
The interview went well enough, as far as I can tell until I actually hear it. Scott did a good job of bringing in the topics, and I got more comfortable as it went on. In order to get truly comfortable with the podcast format, I think I'd need so much time that I'd have to start my own podcast, and that is not really high on my list of ambitions at present.
Like I said, I'm a writer, not a talker. But if you want to hear me talk, look the the next episode of I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere.