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The Candy Man Can

April 18, 2012

Proof we really had an interview and didn't just break into the facilities

This week we had a radio interview at AM560-WIND in Chicago.  The topic was “Game Changers” — basically entrepreneurs that are doing things differently.  We somehow slipped through the meticulous screening process.

The format is a roundtable and 2 other entrepreneurs from the Chicago area were invited in to partake in this competition discussion of our businesses.  Boss and I had a prep meeting the night before to go over the list of possible questions for our interview.  By the end of the night, we had ourselves convinced we knew what we were doing.

So we show up to the interview feeling great, and then… the Candy Man arrived.  First let me tell you how he arrived.  In a shrink wrapped candy van, wearing candy cuff links and handing out business cards made of candy.   You know those marketing books that tell you to “become your brand?”  Yeah, well he read em.  Then there was the drill sergeant tee-shirt guy who was handing out tee shirts and had indestructible business cards.

“You can try to tear them — but they won’t rip,” he tells me

“What if I run over them with the Candy Man’s van?” I ask

He doesn’t laugh and I’m pretty sure I will now have to do 25 push ups.

Then the Candy Man comes over and says, “Hi Spinner.”

Ok, I’m in a sweat.  Do I know him?  Was his the shop I fell off the P90X diet at?!?

“Hi..um, Candy Man,” I say

He is clearly pleased with my response.  He goes on to name everyone and recite everything from all of our websites.  He clearly did his homework.  Boss and I were too busy thinking of insightful answers and drinking wine at our all night cram session.

After a bunch more awkward introductions we head into the studio.  Here we are told that while it is taped, it is still “live” — as in there is no editing.  This is why I prefer writing to talking — there is always the delete button.  But we are risk taking entrepreneurs — we can surely handle this!

Then Candy Man opens a huge box of chocolates and puts it out in the middle of the table.

Now I’m on my final week of P90X — I am a lean (sorta), mean (not really), protein machine.  Sugar is not part of the program.  I am in a full sweat as my mouth is salivating like a rabid dog.  All he needed to do was put out a bread basket and I would have attacked that food like a participant of the Hunger Games.

I’m trying to focus and we begin the first round of questions.  I think we did a good job, although we didn’t say one thing we brainstormed up the night before.  I blame the wine.

Then we pause for the commercial break.  He tells us he has one final question to ask each of us and we will each get about 30 seconds to answer.  The question is “What would you tell other entrepreneurs?”  Wait — this wasn’t on the pre-approved question list!  Where is our agent?!?

Boss and I look at each other and furiously start scribbling notes.  I motion that I’m going to talk about “having fun.”  Boss motions she is going to talk about that.  Oh no, who will get to the mike first?

Boss does and clearly steals my answer!

“Spinner, what advice would you give entrepreneurs?” Bob Regnerus, radio host, asks

“Bob, I would like to use a lifeline,” I respond

Ok, I didn’t really do that, but instead said some ridiculous, although true, fact about knowing what you are getting into.  While true, it was a bit serious and debbie downerish for me.  I’m so annoyed I bite right into that chocolate business card.

Don’t worry you will all be able to hear how Boss stole my well crafted answer on Saturday, April 28th at 7pm on AM560 in Chicago.

In the meantime, I’ll be eating my chocolate from the Candy Man.

ps — in case you didn’t hear the news, we decided to let the folks across the pond share in the Smashing love.  So all you Brits, Scots and Irish lasses — you can now be “muffin top” free too!  www.smashingonline.com

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2012 7:16 pm

    But who took up the majority of our 6 minutes – I think it was 5:1 ratio, so in exchange I get the better answer! lol BTW Don’t forget about those Welsh lasses!

  2. Spinner permalink
    April 18, 2012 7:19 pm

    I had to talk to keep my mind off of the wafting smell of chocolate!

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