There’s a link to the interview at the end of this article.
Lately I keep promising myself that I’ll write something to you that isn’t about me but it’s proving to be difficult. Every waking moment is focused on absorbing the once-in-a-lifetime chance that I’ve been given to speak at TEDxToronto. It will be over in 36 hours and I’m still tinkering with the speech – and have a lot of memorization to do.
So, try as I might, I’m afraid you’re going to have to hear about it for a few more days!
I had the chance to speak on National Television this evening on the O’Leary and Lang Exchange (Canadian viewers will recognize the show while Americans may recognize Amanda Lang from CNN or Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank). The hosts of the show were off today so I was left in the very capable hands of Dianne Buckner and Bruce Sellery.
The appearance was tentative; breaking news from the business world (on Canadian Company Blackberry) had our segment in doubt. By mid-day it was confirmed.
I was given an amazing briefing document by the great team at TEDxToronto and then had a phone call with producers of the show. I was given a list of potential topics for the short interview – they ranged from food security to hunting to preserving and more. I had to be ready for anything!
I arrived at the studios at 4:10 (as requested). Less than 20 minutes later I’d been through makeup (a light dusting of powder) and I was recording! This crew is amazing and it’s easy to see that they are pros.
The studio is in the middle of the newsroom. I was surprised at how loud the floor was; especially given that filming was happening at the time. The set isn’t sealed from the floor but the world disappears when you sit behind that desk!
The segment was recorded in a single-take and appeared on National Television a few hours later.
I barely remember the interview. Questions came fast and I had to be on my toes! I was advised to not give away the points in my speech (difficult as it’s the only thing in my head right now) – yet they seemed to ask certain questions that came right from it! Their research teams had done their homework; many of the questions were from the content of the site.
The questions came back and forth from both hosts. None were exceptionally difficult but the time flew! I’m shocked to find out that the segment was 5 minutes!
Of all the questions, I’m most excited that they talked about hunting. It’s a tough topic for many and one I love to discuss.