PG Wodehouse hit the nail on the head: a reporter wants to interview one of his characters in Bachelor’s Anonymous. ‘I hate talking about myself,’ wails the diffident hero.
‘I dare say,’ ripostes the reporter, ‘but you’ve got to when you’re being interviewed.’
Ditto when you’ve agreed to deliver a talk to a group of readers.
And there’s the rub: Susan and I have spent our working lives in the wings, encouraging people to talk to us rather than spouting about ourselves.
It takes a bit of a mental shift to switch from being the person asking the questions to the person giving all the answers. Continue reading