uncomfortable situation are profound.
They make or break you. I hope you
find your own recipe for success, but
in the meantime, feel free to borrow
mine: All you need is a pinch of delusion, a dash of audacity and a shot
Kirsty Spraggon hosts a talk show called
Kirsty TV where people share their personal
stories, and the lessons, struggles and growth
they have experienced. The show focuses on
sharing inspirational and empowering stories.
Spraggon is an international speaker, entrepreneur and author. Visit www.kirstytv.com
New videos go up every Tuesday at
www.youtube.com /KirstySpraggon TV
Check out “Stories that Heal.”
Reality TV star and speaker
Mia Schaikewitz was paralyzed at age 15.
Petra Sokja was kidnapped at age 16
and forced into the sex trade industry.
Maxine shared her double mastectomy
scars on the cover of Enspire magazine.
Joe Cross spent 60 days living solely on juice.
Speaking to an audience was connecting, but on a deeper and more spiritual
level than I ever thought possible. Now
when I interview people, we connect
on that same spiritual level, but I wasn’t
prepared for how emotional it would
be. It’s as if you get to hold their heart
in your hands. I can’t put into words
what it’s like to sit with people as they
share their most intimate personal stories and darkest moments.
You must create a space that is safe,
non-judgmental, caring and respectful.
Before agreeing to an interview, I
always conduct a pre-interview with every
guest to clearly outline
explain what the show
is all about. I also assess
the guest’s readiness to
share a personal story in
a public forum. I learned
that interviewing is more
than being a great conversationalist and rapport
Every guest is as differ-
ent as every audience. You
need to find out what each
guest needs to feel com-
fortable. But, you
cannot do this if you
aren’t comfortable with yourself.
In my first few interviews, I was so
distracted by so many things being on
my mind that it was a challenge to be
present for the guest. I was thinking
about how I looked, the camera angles
and my next question. You need to
practice on camera alone or with test
interviews to iron out those concerns.
One of the best pieces of advice I
can give is to do your research, write
your questions, and then put them
aside. Just be present and connect with
your guest and their story. In the
moment, the questions will come to
you. You can always look at them later,
but I rarely do now.
Taking a Risk on a Dream
After 18 months of hard work, I was
featured on The Today Show as “The
Next Oprah.” This has been one of
the highlights on a journey filled with
them. We launched just over a year ago
online and recently hit 200,000 views.
It took two months to get the first
1,000 views and now we get almost
1,000 views a day. Viewership is ramping up at warp speed. There are over
100 episodes on the channel, which is
free for people to view.
I have had the privilege of chatting
with celebrities, authors, experts,
speakers and everyday people.
My new goals are to go live on a
network with a one-hour format, and
partner with a corporate sponsor so
that we can start filming in a studio
where guests can interact with a live
This journey has been my biggest
learning experience. I have grown,
stretched and become someone I wasn’t
two years ago. The lessons you get
when you put yourself into such an
Spraggon with Beth Howard,
the “Pie Lady” of american