Arriving late for an interview with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller – pictured below – I apologised by blaming a European Commissioner for keeping me waiting.
“You sound like Shaggy,” said a chilled-looking Simpson-Miller.
Feeling immediately more at ease I replied: “Wow, that’s the first time a prime minister has quoted Scooby-Doo to me.”
“I wasn’t referring to the cartoon character,” said Simpson-Miller. “I meant the singer.” At which point, the PM launched into her own rendition of the Jamaican-American’s smash hit “It Wasn’t Me,” prompting fits of laughter all round.
A few lessons here for anyone nervous about doing interviews:
- Humour helps break the ice
- Make the interviewer relaxed and you will be more relaxed as an interviewee
(Top photo of Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou courtesy of Michael Chia)