I had a job interview recently. It’s a job I’d really like and I know I’d do a good job. There might be a bit of a learning curve, but I have ideas and I have the skills and I already started working on it. The interview didn’t go badly, but it could have gone better.
I’m frustrated at how little interviews do to showcase my skills and at the fact that they actually tend to take away from the overall picture of who I am and what I can do. Some friends and family gave me suggestions on things I can do to show qualities interviews hide, but I know I still need to work on my speaking skills. Particularly my speaking-on-the-spot skills.
My video posts helped a bit with speaking ability, and I can tell just by the fact that when I go too long without doing them, it’s really hard to start again. But I think because I do so much planning before each one, it’s still not helping my improv and basic conversation skills. So I want to stop doing those longer “monthly” videos with planned, researched topics.
Instead I want to start doing short (5-10 minutes, probably closer to 5) weekly or bi-weekly videos that I don’t plan too much ahead of time. Maybe put a poll in the post for each one asking what I should talk about next. I know what the first one will be, because it’s just the short version of what I planned to do for the long one. The original was going to be a look at comics and identity across 5 series (with a focus on the Captain America/Hydra drama), but now I think I’ll just talk about how the internet and social sites like Twitter and Tumblr have changed the way we watch/read things.
I think I’m going to try to do those on Tuesdays, so I can call it something cute like “Tuesday Talk Time” or “Talk to me Tuesdays” if I ever get really brave and record/post them live. (Probably not for quite awhile). And then that should remind me to do them without having to think about whether I already did one in the past week. Is it Tuesday? Time to record! 😀
I still hope I got the job. Obviously. But whether I did or not, my non-prepared speaking skills need a boost. Hopefully this helps.