I was happy to see the interview video up on the Amanda Across America site late last night from our conversation last week in my backyard about life, work and introducing yourself. I swear, we didn’t choose the cactus as a prop – it lives on our back table as these are the only kind of plants that thrive here in hotter than Hades Arizona.
Note: This image is a still photo, not a live link to the video interview … check out the live video here!
It was a lot of fun to have Amanda and her crew here and to be part of her entrepreneurial project.
An interesting part of the discussion was our “role play” of Amanda’s struggle to introduce herself in the midst of a big career transition. It stemmed from my post where I wrote about how many new entrepreneurs fumble when introducing themselves. Most people know Amanda from her Rocketboom fame, but of course she doesn’t want to stay stuck in the past as she moves into new areas of her life and career. I think our interaction perfectly models what many of us do when we are trying to explain less-than traditional work and career paths. If you get bogged down in technical jargon, you will just feel flustered and confuse the person you are talking with. After the camera was off, we continued the conversation and came up with an interesting gem … When people ask her what she does for a living, she could always answer “I talk with interesting people.” If you have any suggestions for her, please leave comments on her blog!
I never realized that I was such a gesticulator … maybe I should take up puppetry or clay sculpture, since my hands obviously feel oppressed by being forced to type all the time.