You may recall my concern a little while ago that I might reply a radio or TV host's "thank you" at the end of an interview by saying "thank you" in return. So, how have I been doing? A report card.
Interview #1. Host: "Thanks." Me: "Good to talk to you." In my quest to avoid saying thank you in response to thank you, I'm off to a good start.
#2. Host: "Thanks." Me: "Thanks for having me on." It's not yet 8:30 and I'm slipping.
#3. Host: "Thanks for talking with us." Me: "Thanks for having me." This is not good, and is in fact just a long-form way of responding to gratitude with gratitude.
#4. Host: "Good luck with the book." Me: "Thanks." Perfectly acceptable in this case.
#5. Host: "Thanks." Me: "Thanks a lot." Ugh.
#6: Host: "Have a great day." Me: "Thank you." Off the hook on that one.
#7. Host: "Thank you." Me: "Thanks for having me on." Not good.
#8. Host: "Thank you." Me: "Thanks for having me on." I've learned nothing in the 15 minutes since the last interview.
#9. The host says, "Keep it real." I reply with "thanks," a perfectly acceptable response to someone's wish for things to be kept real.
#10. "Doug, good luck to you." I reply with the standard, "Thanks for having me on," although a little gratitude is fine in response to a wish of good luck.
Too many thanks in my opinion, but, um, thankfully the substance of the interviews went well. In one, a host asked me when I got married and when I told him that it was in August of 2004, he said I was still basically a newlywed. I responded, "Yeah, we still have that newlywed smell."
The best quote of the day came from one host who, moments before the interview began, put me on hold to read a commercial. "Give me a minute to sell some dog food and I'll get right to you."Posted by Doug at January 18, 2006 02:50 PM