Itís funny how much the way you think influences what you experience. I think of this as happy-do: the martial art of happiness. It gets even more interesting when you reflexively do it.
I was never much of an auditory listener. I used to fall asleep in lectures. Without visuals, I find it hard to concentrate on phone calls and teleconferences. Iíd rather read than listen. Iíd rather text than talk. Iíd rather blog than podcast.
But we couldnít get people to make time to share their insights through e-mail, so I volunteered to interview people on the phone. I recorded the interviews with peopleís consent. Knowing how impatient I get when listening to podcasts, I decided to remove ums, stutters, and long silences so that other people could have a better experience.
Editing used to be something I hated about podcasting. Then an epiphany snuck up on me and flipped my perspective around.
Mid-way through editing an interview, I realized that editing helps me help people hear what ďbetterĒ sounds like. They can hear themselves speak freely, fluently, and coherently. Who knows? Maybe itís the extra polish they need to get their ideas across. Maybe itís the resonance that helps them figure out what to say and how to say it. Maybe itís the confidence boost that nudges them towards public speaking.
Itís like sketching. Start with something thatís roughly the right shape. Refine it, and it looks like you can draw well.
Take a speech with stutters and pauses. Keep the good parts, and it sounds like you can speak well.
A large part of improvement is knowing what ďbetterĒ is. Maybe Iíll take up podcasting as a way to practice and learn. =)