I worry a lot about my appearance. I’m just at that age. I see every line, every change. Of course, I’m looking for those things when I glance in the mirror. But do others see it? Probably not.
One of my favorite quotes these days is from Maya Angelou:
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
I’m trying to remember these words as I critique myself on my first TV interview for our new app, Tykester. We just got featured on USAToday Tech Talk.
At first, I didn’t want to watch it. What if I looked bad? What if I rambled?
It is funny how I hardly remember the interview, even though they took 20 minutes of footage. What I do remember is trying on about five different outfits that morning (you can hardly see what I’m wearing on camera). I remember trying to straighten my family photos on the wall so they would appear neat and tidy on camera (they didn’t). I remember being relieved after it was over and sinking into the couch, only to look to my immediate left and see a dust bunny hanging from the lamp I sat next to in the interview. OMG. Would that show up? (It didn’t).
Once I got over the terror of seeing my face on the screen, I started to calm down. I didn’t seem like a crazy person after all. I seemed like someone who had an answer for Moms who want to feel like they are getting a good glimpse into their child’s day while they are away at work or on a trip.
Thank goodness I didn’t slip into my “sell it” mode that lingers from my many years in marketing. Of course, Tykester is free for anyone who wants to download it, so that fact helps a lot. I learned one important thing from this interview – my most important message is that I want Moms to feel better about having to leave their child in daycare, or with a nanny or babysitter. I know it can be terrifying, no matter how much you like and trust your childcare provider.
We all need a little validation that what we are doing is good. That what we are doing feels right. So I feel good about it. And I’m glad to get the first one under my belt.