This is a special preview episode featuring an interview with Dina Friedman, who is running for a very “New England-y” office: Town Moderator of Hadley, MA. If you want to get a glimpse of small town democracy in action, listen to this podcast. Dina and I do talk a lot about the race and the position for the first half of the interview.
In the second half of the interview, (around the 12:54 mark) we dig into the public speaking part – what kind of speaking gigs are required - what are the fun ones and what are the challenges? Dina is an experienced speaker and activist, but being a candidate brings lots of new speaking situations. And one of them is the need to master the meet-and-greet “chit chat.” Dina talks about her strategy for dealing with tough questions and how to speak from the heart when you’re facing only a video camera.