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.