3 Things I’ve Learned From Doing My First Interview

 

 

As soon as I realized I’d be interviewing a Hollywood actor – I was thrilled!

But, I also was nervous. I’ve never had a formal interview sit-down…

So what did I do?

I researched: watched countless YouTube interviews, read articles, and I even talked to myself (It’s True!)

Fast-forward to after the interview, I was grateful. It was a great experience and immediately I wanted to watch my own performance…

And when I re-watched my interview, aside from the bad lighting, I picked up on things that I could’ve done better.

So I’m sharing with you what I noticed and what I’ll have to improve on if I get another chance to interview someone.

 

1) Go With The FLOWWW!

I noticed how the interview was a bit like a conversation between friends.

Yes, I had questions I wanted to ask but naturally as topics came up – we rode them like waves.

I came in with the mindset that I wouldn’t have notes and just talk. Just rely on my research that I did beforehand and “go with the flow”

And talking about flow, knowing the reason why the interview took place, I made sure that I could redirect the conversation to the movie that was being promoted.

 

2) Filler Phrases? YUCK!

There were many times I said “exactly”. For this I need to find another way to show agreement and receptivity.

One that comes to my head is just using gestures and facial reactions. The repeated “exactly” phrase did distract from the interview and made me annoyed at times.

I also had a lot of referencing phrases not sure if that’s good or bad. I would ask, “In an interview I watched…”

Well, I’m going to say now I shouldn’t do that, I should stick to the question/phrase and if they asked where I got that info – then tell them.

 

3) MORE PREPARATION!!

Preparation was key but I understand why you can never  be completely prepared.

During the interview there were times where I wrongly stated a fact or I skimmed over a topic I knew I saw.

It just makes me realize how preparation is dynamic, and the little facts may matter.

Being prepared somewhat made me calmer, but also anxious, I had so many questions/segments I wanted to ask but so little time. That definitely, is a better feeling then complete fear.

&& THAT’S ABOUT IT! I HOPE TO INTERVIEW ANOTHER PERSON SOON!

I’m no expert but the thought of me knowing what I have to do next time is satisfying enough!

P.S What have you looked back on and learned?

– Pjay

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2015. Already?

New Years Eve Fireworks

With another year past us, we look forward to the experiences that this new year will bring. Personally, I’ve noticed that many people take “new year” as a starting point for committing to a new goal, resolution, or habit. It should be different; I believe that creation of goals, resolutions, and habits should be continuous throughout the year and not only at a point in time. With every new goal, I believe that the key to maintaining and achieving it is through of a support network. A support network could be friends, family, or even a routine that helps you stay on track. My goal this year is to keep consistent in practicing to write and speak.

On top of my personal goal, I want to to commit to being a supporter for another. The person that comes to my mind is my mom. For years and still to this day has trouble with keeping a healthy body. Doctors give her medicine for her diabetes, and she consumes pills for her high blood pressure. She is starting to feel the effects of aging and I want to be able to  help her take up exercising. The reason I think many people don’t exercise, and just speaking for my mom, is that they feel as it is a chore. I agree it takes discipline; however, it is way easier to exercise when you find an activity worth doing. For me it was basketball. I would spend hours playing basketball and was not even aware of the calories I burned. I was in it for enjoyment, and if it made me healthy as I participated, great for me!

What are your new year’s goals?

Who are you supporting?

P.S. I’m highly thinking of firing my own fireworks next year 😀
– Pjay

ALS? ICE BUCKETS?

The Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral

 

I want to take the time to write to myself about this viral phenomenon. These fun trends come and go but I do want to ensure that I sum up what the real message I feel should be about – and that is education and support.

Now the ALS Ice bucket challenge really took off and even on my Facebook, all my friends are posting and nominating each other. I do have a problem with the way it has spread. It’s such a fun thought to grab a bucket of ice and dump it on your head for “ALS”. Here is what’s disappointing to me, do those participating in this challenge really understand what ALS is and why they should support? Honestly, I didn’t even know what ALS was half of the time. I was just scrolling through all these videos of people dumping ice on their head (HECK! even celebrities were doing it!) . I applaud the fact that it’s great to see the whole world jump on the trend and dump buckets of ice for ALS. On the positive side, ALS has cited that they did increase their donations immensely after this viral phenomenon happened.

I do wish that everyone that recorded a Ice bucket challenge and nominated others see that the dumping of the bucket on themselves as secondary. MAINLY people should focus on the educating WHY the Ice bucket is being dumped and WHAT IS ALS. It shouldn’t be awareness of the ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE… but the awareness of the DISORDER and what SUPPORT can be done.

I really think Charlie Sheen did it the best, the way he contributed $10,000 dollars to the organization. Though money won’t solve the problem entirely – it does give fuel to the organization and the people that research or in battle with the disorder. And if you can’t donate that amount of cash atleast do yourself a favor and learn about ALS. Awareness is great at the end of the day but EDUCATION is what lasts.

P.S Here I’ll give you a head start. You learn 10x better when you are curious…

Ask yourself do you even know what A.L.S is?

Google it : http://lmgtfy.com/?q=What+is+ALS