It was 5.46am. 5.46am. That’s right.
I got up at 6.45am, which is late for me, and noticed a voicemail and text message on my phone. Now I set my phone to ‘Do Not Disturb’ at night so only family and friends can call me. I answer my phone at most other times, but I believe in a good night’s sleep.
One door closes . . .
The text came through at 5.46am asking if someone from the charity I was involved in could speak on a breakfast radio programme at 7.20am. For once, this was a problem. I made a phone call to see if someone else could speak, but got no reply.
I made contact with the radio station and we tried to work something out, but it didn’t happen.
We lost the opportunity.
. . . and another door opens
The researcher was very grateful for our efforts and asked if she could pass our details on to other programmes. I said ‘yes’.
Sure enough, later in the morning we got another contact and our chairman was able to do the interview.
Then we got another request for the afternoon, which our chairman was also able to cover.
Meanwhile on TV . . .
While all this was happening, I got a call from a regional TV reporter to ask if I would comment on what Christmas means to retailers in the town. I changed into smart attire, ran out of the house and did a quick poll of shops as I went to meet the reporter. I had contacted someone about to open a new shop next week to ask if they would like to be filmed. The reporter filmed the interview with me and then the inside of their shop and I returned to the office.
Now I could get back to the work I had planned to do today.
More radio . . .
After a couple of hours another radio station called asking for an interview from the charity at 5.15pm. I took this one and answered the call to speak live on radio over the telephone.
Take a break
It’s been quite a day with three radio interviews and one TV interview, but it was all good exposure.
I got the calls because I try to make myself available at reasonable times and will fit in with interviews at short notice. It works because the TV reporter commented that he had heard me on national radio two weeks ago. I have become known as someone who can speak confidently on TV and radio and provide relevant comments.
It’s not possible to make every interview and I’m not worrying about the one we missed. We have to sleep, to switch off, to rest.
And I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep tonight.