Tip #15

Someone in the audience asks you a direct question. Someone calls in and asks you a direct question.

Someone emails you and asks you a direct question? How do you answer? With allot of details?

Minimum verbiage. Is there a limit to how many characters and words you use. Do you brush the question


Let me give you an example. I wrote a book called “Teenagers! A Bewildered Parent’s Guide.” I was

being interviewed on the radio in a New York City studio. A man stood up and asked me this direct

question. “My son is gay. What should I do?” He sat down and waited with arms crossing his chest.

The other audience members stared at me wondering what on earth I was going to say. What I did

say surprised everyone, including the father. I told him, “Your son loves you very much. He doesn’t want

to hurt you, disappoint you or make you feel unappreciated. BUT teens are still searching to find out

what they are, what their identity is. When your son tells you, he’s gay, don’t argue with him. Accept the

possibility, then tell him, ‘You love him no matter what.’

When you’re approached with an impossible question try and find the best answer that suits the question.

I could have gotten the man’s phone number and called him. I could have gotten the man’s email and

typed in what I believed was the best answer. BUT some questions need answering immediately.

I told him what he NEEDED to hear. That his son loved and respected him. He just wanted to be

reassured that his father would love him as he is, good, bad, or ugly.

Sometimes, an unexpected question will arise. Go through the possibilities before the interview

so you won’t be standing there with your mouth wide open and sucking in air.

About Lillian Cauldwell

Own and operate an Internet Talk Radio Network for 10 years, 2005 to Present Published Author of Non-Fiction Book, 1996, "Teenagers! A Bewildered Parent's Guide. Published Author of several fiction books, 2006 "Sacred Honor" and 20010 "The Anna Mae Mysteries: The Golden Treasure." Playwright of Theater of the Absurd and Black Comedies. Screenwriter, Black Comedies

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