Simon Mayo tweeted a link to this podcast last week, and I’m busy mainlining the episodes available. At the end of each episode, he asks seven questions:
- What do you wish you really understood?
- What do you wish other people understood about you?
- What’s the strangest question anyone asked you?
- How do you stop a compulsive talker?
- How do you prefer to deliver bad news? On the phone, in person or by carrier pigeon?
- What if anything, would make you end a friendship?
- Is there anyone you just can’t feel empathy for?
Here are my responses:
- Either, why people still think fossil fuels are a viable option. Or, why people think that persecuting refugees who are fleeing violence further is acceptable.
- That when I’m reading, I don’t hear you.
- In a job interview with an abominable woman, she sat in front of me with her clip board up in front of her chest like a barrier, told me that she’d done a lot of recruitment in the States, so she was a bit ‘out there’ with her questions. The whole interview was insane, would you say you’re a shepherd, sheep dog or a sheep? She also asked me if I was a roundabout (!?) what song would play on it. (All About Soul, Billy Joel if you’re wondering about that one). I went back to my agency and told them where they could stick that role.
- I walk away and hope for the best.
- In person, phone if the distance is too far.
- I don’t know, would depend on the action. It’s usually my gut that tells me I’m done.
- I really struggle with Peter Dutton, Scott Morrison and Donald Trump.