June 5th update: I am keeping the tree question but changing how I will structure the interview. One main thing is that many my questions will likely have longer answers. Stay tune and find out how the interviews will turn out.
I have previous read various pieces of information (from Sean’s blog and the news media) about different members of the Dragons’ Den team. And I have enjoyed them all. Now, I want to try something different.
In honour of Barbara (see reference), I am naming the interview series the “If-you-were-a-tree speed interview” to make it irrelevant, fun and insightful all at the same time (remember, the secret mix has George S., Charlie Rose, and Barbara Walters in it (smile)).
I will always start the the interview with, “If you were a tree, what kind would you be?” (big smile & see note 1). The dragons or the crews can come back with a snappy or witty answer if they like. Or they can just tell me “Thats a dumb question!” and I will move on to the next random question.
In this interview format, I will try to ask as many questions as I can and the interviewees can come back with as many short and witty answers as they wish. Because I can laugh at myself, the person who told me that my questions are dumb the most times will “win” this game. And I will feature that interview again. Obviously, this works as a cover for my questions simply being lame and stupid. I am currently blaming the idea of this “interview style” on altitude sickness as I did create it on my flight from Calgary to Toronto. Oops, I think I had to be in high altitude and outdoor in order to get sick. Oh, well.
I will of course interview some of the many crews that we come to know. On top of those we know already, and if Kirstine Layfield can spare 5 minutes, I would love to try to interview her as well. [K: Thanks to reader “Spellcheck” for kindly pointing out I spelled Kirstine’s name incorrectly.] I know she is extremely busy as executive director of programming of CBC but it will be fun as she greenlit the Dragons’ Den for (as far as I know). It may be a nice 5 minutes distraction from her busy schedule. Will see.
To be honest, I met Kirstine once in Calgary and she was very nice but also very serious at the same time. But for Dragons’ Den fans/lovers, I will try to interview Kirstine for you, as she is definitely one of the person that makes DD possible in Canada.
note 1: According to Wikipedia (emphasis mine), “Walters was widely lampooned in 1981 and often since, when during an interview with actress Katharine Hepburn [K: I love Katharine to pieces for her grace and nerves of steel.], Walters is incorrectly identified as having posed the question: “If you were a tree, what kind would you be?” As she has often pointed out, and the video clips confirm, Hepburn initiated the comment by saying she would like to be a tree, and Walters merely followed up with, “What kind of a tree?”“