Have you ever caught your reflection in a mirror and thought, “Huh? Is that really what I look like?” I think we’ve all had that lovely experience.
But what about an “audio mirror?” Have you ever caught the “reflection” of your voice and been surprised, either pleasantly or . . . NOT?
I had the opportunity to experience that kind “reflection” yesterday, as I listened (with some trepidation, I might add) to my interview with Dr. Paul Reeves on Dr. Paul’s Family Talk Radio.
Dr. Paul’s radio show on ImpactRadioUSA.com is full of comments on current events, interesting interviews and funny jokes. Now that I’ve been introduced, I look forward to listening!
And, I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with him. We talked about writing, art, music, social media, and grandkids (we’re both “expecting”!) Of course, we also talked about The Red Kimono, the internment of Japanese Americans, and my upcoming releases. (See? Lots to listen to!)
So, don’t get me wrong. The conversation was great. It was listening to it that I dreaded. In fact, I must admit, I hesitated to share the links to the broadcast until I heard what I sounded like. But, courage persevered and I shared them on Facebook in time for yesterday’s broadcast. Here’s a link to the podcast:
Please click on the following link to find other interviews:
(click on LISTEN LIVE on left side of page)
As I listened yesterday, a voice in the back of my head battled to be heard above my voice on the radio:
You sound like a little girl!
Too many “uhs!”
Why did you say that?
Why didn’t you say this?
What happened to everything you learned at Toastmasters?
But, as my rowdy jitters settled down, I actually began to enjoy listening, and the self-critical messages were replaced by:
Sometimes you sound like Mom.
I’m glad you said that.
The smile on your face comes out in your voice.
Hey, you really are a writer . . . so why aren’t you writing?
Your laughter reminds me of Mom’s laugh.
What a blessed life you have.
So, not only did I have a nice conversation with someone I’d never met before, I had the chance to reflect on my audio “reflection.”
Have you listened to yourself speak? What were your thoughts?
P.S. Anyone want to comment on what word I use too often? I’ve got one picked out, but I want to see if you pick it out, too. Or, maybe you’ll hear one (or more) I didn’t hear.