Sunday, October 08, 2006

Mannerisms I have that I was only vaguely aware of, but now which, having seen myself on TV, I will be very self-conscious about

1. Counting off points of discussion on my fingers.

2. The exent to which saying "umm ..." figures in my verbal thought processes.

3. Leaning my head back and to the right and staring off into middle distance as I try to frame a statement.


Lesley said...

Well crap, I completely forgot about this and meant to watch...sigh...the umm thing everyone is guilty of. Trust me. EVERYONE. Crap, look at almost all of the great reporters out there, they all do it. Oprah does it. It's one of those things that you really have to stop and think about. Try having to train someone to answer media questions without saying um when it's a huge crutch for them. If you're really worried about it, think this: take a breath, pause and remember to use the time that you would say um to think about your next point and how you want to convey it. And if it doesn't work and you're still bothered, worry more about french speakers. They do that really obscene "euuhhhh" sound when they're talking.

Anonymous said...

Or, the people who substitute "um" for "I mean..." Or other people who go for the, "uh, you know, uh."

"Um" isn't too bad.

I missed the damn show as well. Quick, someone put it up on YouTube!

Anonymous said...

The vanity of others runs counter to our taste only when it runs counter to our vanity.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

Anonymous said...

Damn, missed it.

Will it air again?

DecoderRing said...

Interestingly enough, you do none of those things on the radio. By which I mean we finally recorded the rest of that Red Panda episode. Sadly, it doesn't come out 'till sometime shortly after the hedgehogs stop hibernating.

Oh, and I cleverly deleted your current e-mail while retaining the UWO address.... Yes, I know... I suck.


Chris in NF said...

If my past experience with "Books into Film" is any indication, my show will probably have a half-life like plutonium, and will get aired far more repeatedly than I would like. I've seen the Stephen King episode about five times already.

Which means that for the next few years I can probably count on some old acquaintance I haven't seen in years calling me up excitedly to say "I saw you on TV!" Ah, the price of fame ...

Gregg: my MUN email is And I look forward to hearing my ep, even if I do have to weather the winter first to get to it.

And congrats on the start of Season 2. I haven't yet listened to the new Red Panda -- waiting for an opportune moment.