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Author Topic: steampunk magazine (er, me, rather) to be interviewed on Small World Podcast  (Read 2966 times)
magpie
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« on: March 07, 2007, 09:13:55 pm »

hey, I hope this is the right forum for this post. If not, then my apologies. Anyhow, "Bazooka Joe" from a certain "small world podcast" has asked to interview me, which will take place on saturday. Not sure when the podcast comes out. He's going to be asking me about "what is steampunk" and about the whole magazine deal and whatnot. And I'm ridiculously nervous. In part because I'm definitely left behind by all this 'podcast' 'skype' 'RSS feed' web technologies. Makes me feel old, but it really just means I'm out of touch.

It's strange how I feel comfortable bottom-lining a magazine about steampunk, but I feel remarkably on-the-spot about being asked to speak for the genre as a whole. Ah well, that the caveat was introduced to speech, I suppose.

Anyone have any advice about how to weather an interview? I'm used to -giving- them.
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2007, 09:37:35 pm »

yeah man,  good luck.

the pros do it this way:

take all of your notes ahead of time, make sure that you think about all of the things you can do, but limit your talking points to 4 (everyone says 3, but that never lasts me long enough).
and whatever they ask you, bring it around to those 4 talking points.  Do it tactfully and you should be fine.

you have a hell of a magazine, so it should be no problem.
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2007, 06:54:19 pm »

ask for a draught of what he is going to ask you so you can prep.
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magpie
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2007, 09:18:07 pm »

word, thanks both of you. I hopefully will get the questions a day in advance, but if not I get them about 30 minutes in advance. Anyhow, I shall prepare a bit, certainly including my "I can't speak for the whole of the emerging Steampunk community, but..." disclaimer.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2007, 02:57:11 am »

Yeah I think it would be best if you made sure they know that your answers represent your magazine, and projects. But not the entire fanbase of the genre  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2007, 03:34:51 am »

word, thanks both of you. I hopefully will get the questions a day in advance, but if not I get them about 30 minutes in advance. Anyhow, I shall prepare a bit, certainly including my "I can't speak for the whole of the emerging Steampunk community, but..." disclaimer.

Use a lot of 'I' statements. Stuff like, "Here's what I believe," "My goal with the magazine was..." and "I'd like to do/see/create ..."

Use positive phrasings. Say, "I try to" rather than "I try not to".

I feel that statements like, "I can't speak for the community" undermine your statement. It's you that is being interviewed, not the community. Answer to the best of your ability and knowledge and be totally unapologetic about it. When you are asked a question and begin the answer with, "Well, I can't speak for anyone else, but..." you open the door to people thinking, "Well, why not? Who disagrees with him and why?" You want to reinforce your message whenever possible. If someone disagrees with you, let them speak from their own pulpit.

And I definitely agree with the advice of having a few talking points and revisiting them as you go through the questions. Think of your message and do your best to communicate that. Make a short list of them and have that list at hand as you go so you don't forget things in the heat of the moment.

Be positive. Be cool. Smile. Have fun with it. You did a bang up job with the magazine. Let your enthusiasm shine through and it'll all be good.
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2007, 08:18:34 am »

Well said. I will certainly agree with Nathaniel's suggestions.
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2007, 08:33:15 am »

Well said. I will certainly agree with Nathaniel's suggestions.
Hear, hear.
I was going to compliment Mr. Johnstone on his wisdom, but then I saw his age on his profile  Shocked and figured that would be redundant.
So Nathaniel, you must let us know the location of that spring in Florida where you holiday.  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2007, 04:21:13 pm »

Magpie, I have utter faith in you. After all, you're talking about a magazine you personally coaxed along, thus making you a complete authority on it. So as long as you talk about your experience with the zine, then everything you say is truth.

Not to mention that this entire community is based in a sort of collective opinion--there is no omnipotent creator or Bible of Steam...so whatever you say just adds to the total zeitgeist and consciousness.

I second Nathaniel's statements. Don't be ashamed to speak. It's an honor, sir! *salutes* You're going to rock.

As for what is steampunk--steampunk is AWESOME. Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2007, 09:32:16 pm »

thanks everyone so much =]
I appreciate the support, sincerely.

And libby, I'm probably going to quote you: "steampunk is awesome"
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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2007, 10:53:56 pm »

And libby, I'm probably going to quote you: "steampunk is awesome"

Please do. I'm damn tired of all these philistines trying to pontificate that "steampunk is ONLY THIS" OR "steampunk is ONLY THAT". Bah. It's awesome, the lot of it. Quote away!

Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2007, 12:37:14 am »

let us know how it goes, yeah?


and ms. Caberet,

you are right, steampunk IS awesome.
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« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2007, 02:54:30 am »

I was going to compliment Mr. Johnstone on his wisdom, but then I saw his age on his profile  Shocked and figured that would be redundant.
So Nathaniel, you must let us know the location of that spring in Florida where you holiday.  Wink

Well, I was only born 106 years ago. I've been tripping the time streams for long enough that I can't really remember exactly how old I am, alas. I'm pretty sure I'm no older than 50 or so. And as for that fountain? I'd tell you but then I'd have to kill you. I'm sure you understand.  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2007, 08:24:36 am »

Well now, we don't want that.
And yes, I understand, those time streams can muddy things up quite a bit.
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« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2007, 11:54:00 pm »

well, today I learned a valuable lesson - the best way to collect your thoughts on an issue:
be interviewed. then, as soon as the interview is done, and it's too late, brilliant, articulate musings will come into your brain.

that said, the interview went alright (although I'm still painfully nervous to hear it), and will be released next friday. thanks for everyone's advice!
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« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2007, 12:22:15 am »

Yeah that's the problem I have with live interviews too. It's soooo much easier to get an e-mail interview, and take your time to really think about what you want to say, and how you want to articulate it.
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« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2007, 08:16:43 am »

well, today I learned a valuable lesson - the best way to collect your thoughts on an issue:
be interviewed. then, as soon as the interview is done, and it's too late, brilliant, articulate musings will come into your brain.

Ha ha ha! That's always the way of interviews. Do enough of them and it gets easier after a while, though. Eventually, you begin to see the same questions over and over and you get your stock answers all figured out.

I much prefer live interviews to written ones. I mean, yeah, you've got time to craft the perfect answer when you write out the interview but I find that the live interviews are so much more fun. We had a radio interview in January (to pimp a show in early Feb) and had a grand old time chatting with the DJ about all kinds of crazy stuff.  Smiley
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