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I’ve been invited to be a guest on a radio talkshow in a couple of weeks to talk about my website, among other things. Isn’t that crazy? While the thought of being on the show is kind of exciting, I am more terrified than anything. I’d really like to do the show, but I am overcome with self-doubt as to whether I have anything to say that will fill up a space of an hour and won’t bore people out of their minds and cause them to fall asleep at the wheel, crash, and die a slow, painful death. Or worse: someone will call in and ask me a simple question and I’ll have sudden brain freeze and blab something completely moronic. “That’s right, Dave, I call my site Latitude 13 because, as you know, Guam is located in the South Pacific.” It could totally happen! It’s a talkshow so people are encouraged to call in and comment and ask questions. In my mind I keep replaying that scene from Bridget Jones when Bridget’s being interviewed for a job and she’s asked, “What do you think about the El Nino phenomenon?” Bridget answers with complete confidence, “It’s a blip. Latin music’s on its way out.”
I don’t want to have a Bridget moment on the radio.
It’s easy to avoid being a Bridget on the internet. There’s spellcheck (which I never use), there’s plenty of time to review and fact-check what you intend to post, and even if you make a mistake or change your mind after posting you can quickly go in and edit or delete entirely with the hope that maybe only a handful of people caught it. But live radio is a totally different arena, and I’m not sure it’s one I’m prepared to enter alone. So, I have written to a few Guam bloggers asking (ok, subtly begging) them to come on the show with me to talk about Guam, why they have a website, promoting Guam on the internet via personal websites, and so on. The way I see it, the more people in the studio, the less pressure on me to think of what to say.
If no one bites, I will probably chicken out and not go through with it. And I will probably feel very sad about it.

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19 Responses

  1. csiegner says:

    You definitely need to go through with it regardless if you go at it solo or with other people. This is such a great opportunity/experience that you shouldn’t miss out on. You only live once! Go for it!!

  2. vincenzo says:

    DUDE! you need to tell us where to listen, especiallly us that are off island…can we hear it online? oh, definately go through with it and your natural charm will convince anyone =)
    oh, and just be yourself…

  3. christine lalaine says:

    josie, if you can jump out of a plane at x-thousand feet (more than once!), you can go on a talk show for an hour. 🙂 you’ll be great!

  4. disneymike says:

    Definitelty go through with it, Josie. You’ll regret it if you don’t. It’s an opportunity that few people get. As others have said, I’m sure your natural charm, humor and charisma will come through and people will love you. 🙂

  5. fabmimi says:

    Josie 🙂 you are an inspiration to your fans…you shouldn’t dissappoint! we’re rootin’ for ya. you must post your airtime or at least share an audio clip for us to indulge in! plus…you are my favorite guam-blogger.

  6. Jessica says:

    You are fabulous, dahling! And you will be just as fabulous on the talk show. It’s a wonderful opportunity. Take it, babe. You have no reason to doubt yourself.
    Latitude13 LIVE! Make sure you tell me when & what station! I’m willing to convert to AM just for you.

  7. Jessica says:

    If you do say anything ‘Bridget’ like…we’ll just laugh about it over Heinekens, babe! Win/Win all around. 😉

  8. Josie says:

    You guys are so awesome. If I was certain that everyone listening to the show was a cool as you, I’d have absolutely nothing to be afraid of.
    {{{group hug}}}
    Jess, maybe I should pound a Heineken or two before the show, yeah? LOL

  9. Joie says:

    Please let us all know when and what station you’ll be on. They hopefully stream on the internet. I know you can do it! You’re my favorite guam blogger too.

  10. Kanu says:

    Jus Do it Josie! Your attitude and creative personality are reflected in the web site and most refreshing, its as free as fresh air. No stress kid, keep it natural. Tanx fo da memries, I Love Guam. Wish I could ” hit my retros and get back down to Tamuning!”.

  11. Josie says:

    I am TOTALLY cracking up right now just thinking about that old Chick’s Chrysler & Mitsubishi commercial! Thanks Kanu!

  12. Brother says:

    I’m going to make sure to record it. Better let me know what time and what station.

  13. Annalynn says:

    Do it! It sounds like fun.

  14. brent says:

    wait, let me see if i got this right. you have no problem jumping out of a perfectly good plane to risk your life and limb for a 90 second fall.
    but you hesitate a totally new experience on the radio, because you might look bad. ay caramba!
    just do it girl! you’ll be fine, and you’ll have a blast. think of it as a conversation between friends. you’ll do great!

  15. rhia says:

    i agree with everyone. you ought to do it. i think you’ll do just fine. everyone has brain farts here and there, but i know you’ll pull through. don’t get discouraged for something that hasn’t happened, and won’t. lol. and yeah, a beer or two wouldn’t hurt. :]

  16. Jennifer says:

    You will be great!
    You seem like a witty and bright young woman. I never met you but I think you have a lot of spunk after looking at your site.
    I hope you record it and post it on your website so folks off island can listen.
    I would suggest practicing some questions by yourself ahead of time just to work out the nerves. There will be standard questions they ask. What do you want to get across? Think ahead of what you think people will ask.
    Have a 30 sec speech ready for when they say, “Tell us a little about yourself.”
    Have a friend call in first and ask a prepaired question if you are that nervous.
    Best of Luck. Do tell how it went.
    Jennifer in Chicago
    PS. Just don’t talk about that husband stalker lady. I think that will throw you off your game. 🙂 tee hee

  17. Josie says:

    Jennifer, thank you for all the great suggestions on preparing beforehand, especially the “About Me” speech. That will certainly come in handy!

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