One of my pet peeves about the professional wrestling industry today is the misconception that most wrestlers have about the length of their interviews. The idea that “more is better” is patently false and has led to some incredibly boring diatribes that go on and on ad nauseum. To be crude, this form of verbal diarrhea doesn’t improve a wrestler’s ability to improve his impact on the audience. In fact, it detracts from it by causing the viewers to skip to the next interview or change the channel.
Speaking from personal experience, I can say that most of the wrestling audiences out there do NOT pay attention to every interview. There is so much clutter and so many different voices that most people will only pay attention to those individuals who are currently involved in the hottest feuds and angles. If you babble on for too long, you risk being ignored which can be death for a wrestler’s career.
There’s a simple way for you to avoid having your interview overlooked and it follows an old acronym that applies to a number of situations, K.I.S.S. – Keep It Short & Simple.
In UEW, I purposefully recorded two separate interviews which I titled “Getting To The Point In 100 Words Or Less”. And I very carefully counted each and every word to ensure that I stated what I wanted to say in under a hundred words. It wasn’t that I didn’t have a lot to say. It’s just that I was able to communicate my ideas in a very brief and timely manner.
Unfortunately, I don’t think too many people got the point as UEW (like so many other organizations) is still prone to having wrestlers go on and on and on to the point of complete and utter boredom. But I strongly believe that the concept is still valid. Keeping your interviews short and simple is a good way to ensure that more people will pay attention to your message.
This can require a certain amount of planning on your part but it is certainly not difficult to achieve.
Before starting your interview, decide on the single most important point that you want to get across. The biggest mistake that most wrestlers make is they feel that they have to address each and every issue in which they’re involved. But that leads to “ramble-it is” and will actually dilute the effectiveness of your message as it gets lost in the crowd.
Keep in mind that most wrestling organizations do NOT limit the number of interviews that a wrestler can record. In fact, many encourage wrestlers to cut a number of interviews in order to fill out their interview shows. So rather than going for one long interview which addresses each and every individual or issue, record separate interviews for each one. You’ll find that you’ll gain a larger audience for three or four short interviews than you will for one long one.
After deciding what is the most important point you want to communicate, work on how you can most effectively say it. Trim away any excess information or trivia and focus your attention specifically on the one thing you want to say.
Once you have recorded the interview the first time, go back and look it over carefully. Ask yourself if it needs to be re-done to make it more effective. And edit it closely so that any extraneous material is taken out.
If you follow these steps and cut your interviews down to a manageable size, I’m certain it will improve your ability to communicate dramatically. People will pay more attention to you and this in turn will lead to greater opportunities in the ring.
By “Screaming Drillbit” Jason Keening
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