I am sitting here at El Tovar overlooking the Grand Canyon and checking my e-mail. I guess this tells you what my life is really like! However, I do like to monitor e-mail. Just before I left for my week of “nature” (and a little of the glitz of Las Vegas), Federal Computer Week interviewed me about a recent successful event that was jointly organized by the General Services Administration (GSA) and the American Council for Technology – Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) [read my blog on ACT-IAC for more information on this organization]. I received an email with a link to the article that FCW published. I have mixed reactions and have learned a few lessons.
First of all, let me state that I do not do a lot of press interviews. This was my first major interview in a long time. Second, this interview was arranged by ACT-IAC’s public relations firm, Sage, to increase exposure of ACT-IAC.
THE GOOD: I got a lot of exposure and more quotes than I expected. The statements are accurate and nothing I said was distorted. I am very happy with this level of exposure and appreciate the opportunity to get my name in front of FCW readers.
THE NOT SO GOOD: While there is nothing bad about the article, I do wish it had included more mention of the GSA Challenges and Prizes panel and workshop that we worked as a team. This event attracted 75 Government attendees and boasted 8 panelists who came to share their experiences with Challenges. The discourse was great and the excitement high. None of this came out in the article. While I did discuss it during the interview, FCW chose not to stress that part of it. I think my comments on legal hurdles were somewhat out of proportion. My main theme was that Challenges are a great tool for agencies, Challenge.gov and HowTo.gov are great resources, and GSA is ready to provide expert support to agencies.
WHAT I LEARNED: In any future interviews, I will confirm with interviewer that they have understood some of the major elements. I thought that Sage provided a good summary in their press brief and interview notes, but these did not come through in the article. I will also remember that the reporters remember the tail end of the interview better than the beginning.
I am going to wait for reactions from others, but this seemed like a good topic for a fireside blog from the Grand Canyon. Please let me know what you think by commenting below.