Oprah Show: When Preparation Meets Opportunity

As some of you may know I was the featured psychology author/therapist on The Oprah Winfrey Show.  The book was entitled When Parents Love Too Much and the show was called Unwanted Advice.  Quite a memorable day to say the least.

The following short audio clip from that show illustrates what happens when you are prepared…

The show was nearing the end but I had no idea because I was focusing on working with the clients onstage and responding to Oprah’s questions.  At the moment you are about to hear an audience member asked me:  “How do we know when we are giving good advice?”

In preparing for the show the night before I had actually predicted and pondered this type of question even though I had no idea it would be asked.

You will hear that I began my answer in a somewhat casual way, when Oprah interrupted me and said,  “Brief”  (she knew the show was seconds from ending)  I took her cue and nailed the response quickly, clearly and “briefly”.  It was only later that I realized my preparation allowed me to make the most important “closing” of my career .. . there are no second takes on live TV in front of millions of viewers.

Take a listen. (I included another small exchange before the “closing” answer to give you a sense of my dialog with Oprah.



Mitch Meyerson on the Oprah Winfrey Show