When I started my radio show over 14 years ago – I noticed that I felt very inadequate in the presence of some of my guests. I aimed high in the quality of my guests yet felt inferior to them. Mike De Groote was one who was quite gracious yet I made myself feel less than him. After all he was a billionaire – I was nobody. I sweated while interviewing him. Yet he was so down to earth.
The first author that I interviewed was Nuala Beck, (Shifting Gears). Again she was gracious – yet I felt small.
It took a friend of mine to point this out to me. After he listened to a tape of this interview he said, “George, you usually sound more confident.”
That woke me up and made me examine what I had been doing to myself.
After a talk with myself I came to the realization that the only way for me to approach it was to consider all my guests as equals. I was equal to them.
Not equal in net wealth – but simply equal. They were very good at what they did and so was I. So we could have a conversation as equals.
Funny how strange I felt when another billionaire expressed how impressed he was by me because I was an author. He wasn’t an author – just a billionaire.
After that epithany – my interviews became much more comfortable, natural and interesting.