Life on TV just isn’t fair

This is a hilarious example of communication gone horribly wrong. Poor guy!

There are two things I like about this. First, the cab driver does an outstanding job of improvising in a tight situation. He should get a medal. Second, the interview didn’t turn out that bad, at least when compared with lots of other interviews I’ve seen.

Sure, the guy talked a lot while saying very little, but how is that different from what most other interviewees do? If you know you’re going to be on TV, take a few hours and come up with some points you’d like to make, then take those points and figure out what kinds of words you’ll need to put together to make them coherent. It’s time consuming, maybe even difficult, but it will provide immesurably more value to your audience than showing up unprepared.

What about those of us who don’t get interviewed on the BBC? Why not strive for more effective dinnertime conversations, or delivery of a thought-provoking and entertaining presentation at work? For the geeks in our midst, consider making that comment in your code just a tad more concise, or ironing out that requirement a little more.

“Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood.” — William Penn