One of the funnest things about my job is that I get to talk to the media. This week has been a particularly interesting week in regards to interviews. I shared this “buyer beware” story that came out a couple days ago. Today I’m sharing another.
First let me give you a little background:
When I am contacted by a reporter, they usually say something like: “Hi Dr. Smith, I am doing a story on _______ and I have a couple of questions for you. Do you have time to answer?” To which I usually say: “Sure!”
After the interview is completed (sometimes on the phone, sometimes in person, sometimes via email) the reporter gives me an idea of when the story will come out – to which I say: “Great! Can’t wait to hear/read/watch it!”
Then comes the tricky part…waiting and hoping my quotes come out OK and that I don’t sound like:
- I have no idea what I’m talking about
- an arrogant jerk
- a psychobabbling psychologist who isn’t helping anyone do anything other than role their eyes
OK…on to the story at hand.
I spoke to a reporter for Men’s Health Magazine a couple of months ago. His questions were about late-night hunger and overall healthy eating. He had lots of questions and I (of course) had lots of answers. Well, my answers got boiled down to the following blurb:
Not a bad tip – who doesn’t like frozen treats? Sure, I would’ve liked for a few more of my very wise words to be included in the article – but that’s the fun of it! You never know what will end up in print for all the world to read!
In case you were wondering, I couldn’t find an electronic version of this story – but here’s the cover story on Joe Manganiello from the August 2013 issue.