…someone comments or emails in something to this effect:
(this is a paraphrase, not a direct quote and not meant to single anyone out)
“I don't have time for chit chat. Please don't be rude and waste my time; I'm very busy. Get to the content already.”
Well… I want to get this out of the way first:
Even though I've been doing this internet blogging thing since 2009 and I am getting a thicker skin, comments still hurt… I mean, I am a person and I do have feelings. Just in case anyone forgets. 😉
But that's not the point here. The point is: Does this type of comment have any merit?
Let's talk about it.
I Get It, You're Busy
First, persons who leave this comment are very busy people and don't have time or inclination for chit chat. I get that because I'm often the same way. I don't watch many videos myself. I prefer to read the summary or skip to the main points.
By chit-chat, I think this comment refers to the 2-3 minutes at the beginning of a live broadcast that's the “meet and greet”. Where I can thank you all and give you a bit of time to share what's going on with you, where I can tell newcomers how the platforms work, where I give people a bit of time to get on and settled, where you share your name and where you're from and what you're sipping on, and things like that.
The chit-chat is important because I want to say hi and visit for a bit with all who are making an investment in a busy day to be there. We get to know each other. We get settled. Then we begin.
It's also when I say something like this:
“By the way, if you don't care for chit-chat, we're going to get right into the program soon OR you can visit the show notes for a cleaned up version and complete print notes, too.”
Ah… that brings me to the 2nd issue.
I Love Busy People, Too
I and my team go to great lengths to provide the important information from the live broadcast at what we call “the show notes” — for busy people who either can't make it or don't care for chit-chat.
Here's what we do:
A few days before the show, I thoroughly prep my notes so I know what I'm going to share. Then 2 other people on the TCS team are standing by so that by the time the broadcast airs (at 10am Pacific each Wed), this replay package for each episode is waiting for you at AskWardee.tv:
- a cleaned up video replay (no chit-chat!)
- a cleaned up audio podcast (no chit-chat!)
- cliff notes print version of everything important I said (skimmers, this is for you)
- links to any resources I mentioned (no typing or remembering necessary)
Why do I and my team take the time to do this (for free, by the way)? Because I love busy people who don't care for chit chat, too!
And I don't want “I'm too busy” or “I don't care for chit chat” to get in the way of Traditional Cooking fitting into anyone's life!
…the next time anyone is at a live broadcast on a Wednesday thinking, “I don't have time for this!” might I suggest:
1. Wait just a few minutes (or go do something else for a few), because when I get to the content/presentation, there's very little chit chat and we're off to the races.
2. Head to the show notes at AskWardee.tv to watch, read, or listen to the cleaned up version of that week's live broadcast. (The podcast and video version will be added within a few hours of the live broadcast.)
So, whether you're in for chit-chat or not, we've got what you need.
Have a blessed day! 🙂