@craig Reply #2
FIRST - Thankyou because YES, I really want to know your thoughts on conversation - got beaucoup reasons for that.
SECOND - thanks for asking for an Evaluation. It’s the other pole in any version of giving a “speech” and another area where so many of us want to develop skill. Ex: the speaking organization, Toastmasters International, revolves around speaking and evaluating.
By asking for a Host on Mic evaluation, you’ve opened yourself up to an evaluation of your Interview Style as well which I’m also a huge fan of. I listen to your interviews 50% for the guest and 50% for you! For example, when you pause - it’s like watching a coin toss, hold breath, where’s it going to land?
So for those who know you only as an Interviewer, Craig as Host on Mic - where you are your own guest - is just a new twist.
love the hello - always generates an immediate upper, and in your Interviews, it is always followed by - I’m Craig Constantine (still up in tone).
But this time, hello was followed by “Craig here” - and you dropped your voice a little. That was the difference. It was a simple brilliant way to distinguish that this is a different program. Only those who listen to you frequently as an interviewer would catch it. Suggestion: perhaps play with exaggerating that lowered voice on “Craig here” just a tad. There IS a joke in there. I liked it, just experienced a brief disorientation the first time. Funny how I depend on the consistency of your Interview opening to prepare me for the beautiful circus that follows. Your Host on Mic opening - though only slightly different, will be just as dependable.
Thumbs up to the next several seconds where you make it super clear EXACTLY what you’re up to and it’s such a refreshing mission “creating better conversation to spread understanding and compassion” like a warm yummy beverage on a freezing day. That you include the promise of additional notes, citing sources that inspired your thinking - crazy cool. For some types, that will be a Treasure Chest playground.
The Body of it
Again, might not even be noticeable to new listeners, but compared to your Interviews, it’s more measured, paced, careful - which allowed you to say a LOT in less than 2 minutes. Oddly, when I listened a second time, my enjoyment went way UP, perhaps because I was really listening to what you were doing and saying, not just how it was a different version of Craig.
Very very nice, iconic even — folks will listen for it, (just like the opening) and release happy hormones when you say …
“- hmmm! My thoughts, what are yours?” Secures the ending, includes the famous “call to action.” A sweet polite goodbye (so Craig) that leaves us with an invitation.
I hope you find a way get responses (evaluations) from people who have NOT heard you interview others. Is that possible?
Final thought, the opportunity to evaluate you, generated a valuable self-evaluation.