Sometimes, you just have to take initiative. If things aren’t happening the way you want them too, or on your schedule, sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands. With having to book guests for a radio show and using email as the main form of communication, sometimes getting a response back on my end can be, well, delayed.
One of the the guests I had to book was willing to come on the show, but we also wanted her coworker to come on the show as well, but his availability was a little more strained. Days had passed, and after some unpromising emails from her about her partner, I decided to take initiative and go to his office and book him for the show in person.
In the back of my mind I thought that maybe I was pushing my boundaries; with the mobile, electronic lifestyles we’re used to living nowadays, we’ve put up boundaries that never used to be present before, where we have to email or text someone for an answer instead of calling or meeting them face to face. So that voice in my head left quickly.
I approached his office door, knocked, and after waiting for him to finish a phone call, I was able to speak to him and book him for the interview for the show, all done in under five minutes. An email or text can take seconds to respond to, but can be easily dismissed or forgotten. Someone meeting you face to face or talking on the phone, the pressure is on and your on the spot right then.
When talking in person, face to face, you can’t rethink or edit what you say before you hit the send button. You have to think on the fly and respond without thinking sometimes. So when I approached the person about the interview, it may have been pushy, but by putting the email aside, talking in person, and taking the initiative, I was able to got hIm booked for the show.
– Joe Fischer