5 WAYS TO MAKE THE NEXT INTERVIEW EVEN MORE EFFECTIVE.
1. Correct misunderstandings more quickly and succinctly, reiterate key issues and actions sought.
E.g. Rosemary's misunderstanding / question (2:00-2:17) re if the problem is related mainly to people who want to move families (& furniture) back permanently. Valuable on-air seconds were lost with the response that did not succinctly correct / clarify. Response should have been..
- No, it’s not just those wanting to permanently repatriate, any Australian wanting to come back home, for whatever reason, or period, is unable to, due to unreasonable, unethical quotas on entry.
2. Don’t weaken or undermine intended goals & solution steps.
E.g. Was great stating there should be no queue (line) for Aussies trying to get back, but then this was undermined by saying the more needy should be prioritized (i.e. accepting there will always be a queue / line). While that’s ethically true the “needy” should be prioritized, in reality the Govt would not be able to effectively assess one person’s “greater” needs over another, resulting in more slow bureaucracy and only moving the needle a fraction on the intended goal, of getting everyone back, now. Stick to intended goal. I.e. No Queue at all. .. and that Govt action needs to be taken now, to reduce the suffering of Australians. Suffering ironically caused by the Australian government on it’s citizens, not the Covid-19 disease.
3. The Govt policy affects in-bound and outbound. We must show empathy for all “stranded” Aussies, by clarifying “Stranded” in a broader definition.
Great this is not about one individual’s story, but instead, the “stranded” group as a whole. However, the “stranded” needs to include not just those Aussies trying to get home, but the people in Australia who need to leave the country to be with a spouse, children, family overseas, of which most are denied by the Govt, unethically and possibly illegally. Aussies are left stranded (from being with family), both overseas and in Australia. It is the only Country denying people leaving, and for no legitimate reason. This entire issue was not stated and needs to be. It also runs the risk of being mistakenly perceived that there is a self interest of just those overseas who want to get home. FYI - I haven’t been able to get home to be with my children and family, nor have my children been able to leave Aust and to see me here in the States.
4. Motivate the viewers (public) to pick up the cause behaviorally, not just attitudinally, helping exert pressure on the Govt.
Great to get first-step viewer empathy when you stated, “imagine if you (the viewer) were not able to see family”. But any empathy garnered needs to be quickly translated into action, otherwise the emotion dissipates. The point above needs to be immediately followed up with a sentence that appeals to the desire in all Aussies, to help their fellow Aussies. This will awaken the latent egalitarian desire in all Aussies for fairness, especially against an entity which may be abusing its power - big corp. govt etc. This will ALSO help overcome an incorrect perceptual barrier to empathy, being that some Aussies (in Aust) have the misperception that to those overseas don’t deserve empathy - ie. "Those wealthy Aussie expats that now want to come home", or, "those Aussies should have known better than be stuck overseas". Any educated and caring person knows this is a false view, but in order to exert max pressure on the Govt, we need the masses, the everyman Aussie in the street, to empathize and feel a sense of pride and urgency to help their fellow Aussies in need, be they overseas, or in Aust trying to get to loved ones overseas.
5. Communicate (hammer home) the main “Call to Action” that any viewer can do (not just think or feel) to help their fellow Aussies - today.
Irrespective of interviewer questions, and ideally written as well as verbal. E.g. Call 1800 or visit govt website, or write to the specific individuals in Govt who have the power to repeal such inhumane, callous policies.
Paul S. [New York]