November 07, 2005

The Pleasure is Yours

So I'm about to leave for my interview on Fox and I'm no longer concerned about what I'll wear. The real fear is what I'll say! Not what I'll say during the interview, exactly, but what I'll say at the end of the interview. I absolutely hate it when an interviewer concludes an interview by saying "Thank you for joining us today" and the interviewee responds by saying, "Thank you." Why do people reply to someone saying thank you by thanking the person in return?

"Doug Gordon, thanks for coming on to talk with us today."

"Thank you."

"No, thank you."


"Well, you're the one who left your home to come to our studio, so thank you for making the trip."

"Thank you for having me."

"Thanks for being here."

"No, I mean it. Thank you."

"And I mean it, too. Thank you."

"Just shut up already and accept our thanks."

"I have. And I want to thank you for thanking me."

And on and on...

I remember reading Daniel Radosh's thoughts on the subject and agreeing with his desire to "shake things up" for his NPR interview. At the very least I'd like to not simply say thanks in return. I'm thinking some variation of "It was my pleasure," "Glad to be here," or, depending on the path the interview takes, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Any suggestions?

Update 12:14 PM: Thanks to Daniel for the link love.

Posted by Doug at November 7, 2005 08:53 AM

Why not a simple "You're Welcome"??

Posted by: wendy at November 7, 2005 12:46 PM

I hate this too! Try don't mention it.

Posted by: j at November 7, 2005 03:20 PM

I'm liking the George Bush route...

Posted by: Luisa at November 7, 2005 05:26 PM

your welcome gets my vote - After all, they invited YOU! I heard that NPR piece too.

Posted by: Michelle at November 8, 2005 01:33 PM

So, what did you say? Just curious

Posted by: MOB at November 9, 2005 10:08 AM

Don;t say anything then .... just do a peace sign with a nod ... now that is somthing not played out

Posted by: shelley at November 14, 2005 05:09 PM