Friday, March 13, 2015

Being Interviewed (Part 11 of 12)

After the Interview

I've made it a practice to write a letter (a real, paper letter) to the hosts, thanking them for having me as a guest. Three times, I've returned to TV studios and seen my letter posted. One host said that in his nine years of broadcasting, I was the only person who ever sent a thank-you note.

Don't write a generic letter. Tell the interviewer specifically what you appreciated (unless it was a very bad experience). For example, not all hosts listen to your answers and they race ahead for the next question. When someone truly listens—and I can tell by their response—I might write, "Thank you for listening to my answers. That doesn't always happen, and I appreciated your doing that."

Be sincere. Don't lie.

One more thing: Don't forget the producer of the show. That's the person who lined it up for you. Unless it's a small station, the producer does the pre-interview work and the host interviews you.

I write a letter to the producer, saying something simple like thanks for asking me. "I know you have hundreds of people you could invite, and I'm grateful you asked me."


  1. Great suggestions, Cec! Thanks for sharing them.

  2. Cec, you are a different breed of cat. I mean that as a compliment.

    Back in May 2000, I was featured in a "Remembering Your Spirit" segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show. That was a high point in my life. It did not even occur to me to write a thank you letter to the producer or to Oprah.


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