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Interviewed by BBC Radio today, Lol

Oh my gosh, probably one of the most unwanted experiences in my life, completely out of my comfort zone, and something I hope won't be repeated for a long time!

The reporter was doing a story about "hidden poverty" in the pretty seaside and rural places of this part of the UK. As my job involves helping people in sometimes desperate situations (see other "work stuff" blog posts of mine if you're remotely interested), the focus was about the practical difference I can make, how I feel doing the work, and if I thought that general help from national organisations could be targeted more widely and not just focussed on inner city areas.
Well, I reckon I handled it OK, a lot of my opinions were stressed to be just that and not necessarily the views of my employer who forced me to do the interview. I was factual, providing specific examples of cases - without names etc - and hopefully portrayed a good image of what our organisation does and especially the need for greater help outside the big urban areas.

As I said, I really didn't enjoy the experience, I was pretty stressed inside as the microphone was pointing at me, and all I wanted was for it to be over. On the other hand, one of my clients who was asked if they wanted to comment, kept the reporter busy for a good half hour! And sung the praises of me and the local team, so however shaky I sounded, senior management would have been happy with that. interviews?! I can't even stand hearing my own voice on an answerphone! Lets hope its just normal business tomorrow Laughing

2 blog comments below

I can imagine this being a very stressful experience. However don't you think you'll be happy you've been able to talk on the radio about the interesting/helpful job you have?
Bondings on Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:13 pm
Yep, you're pretty much right there I guess, I've had time to process it a bit now, and feel quite good that I had 10 minutes of being able to air my views in "mainstream" media instead of just online.

If anything I said influenced just one person that "matters" in the subject matter - or gave just one person information that "we" are available locally to seek out support, that will make me happy.

...but again, it was way out my comfort zone and I couldn't see myself wanting to do it too often!
watersoul on Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:31 pm

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