To save money, so many of us on-demand economy workers set up home offices. Why pony up the nut every mouth for a real office in some professional plaza. Also, more companies are allowing telecommuting by full-time employees.
And, so it could happen that it's at your home office that the media will interview you. The technology has made that possible.
Several years ago I posted on this blog that I had been hired by a firm in downtown Manhattan. That was news because it was still tough to land work.
ABC interviewed me in my then-home office by SKYPE. Before the camera rolled, there was plenty of staging instructions. For example, I had to close all the doors to the kitchen cabinets.
Well, during the BBC interview, Robert Kelly, a professor at Pusan National University, had more than cabinet doors to contend with.
He was being questioned about the impeachment of South Korean president Geun-hye. In the background strolled a toddler in a bright yellow shirt. There was more. But Kelly didn't skip a beat. Here you read the details and watch the video. Of course, it went viral.
If you are not home alone and you are scheduled for any visual presentation, put yourself in a non-interrupt zone. Tell the others in the household your living depends on total privacy.
If that space screens out noise from other part of the house that's great. During a SKYPE conference with a client, my dog went ballistic. Movers were unloading furniture in the house next door. I made the suggestion that we have a do-over after I ran over to the local library's conference room where it would silent. The other party agreed. I saved that account.
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