So it was great being a panelist on Goldhawk Live yesterday. I really enjoyed meeting with Dale Goldhawk, Lorne Sossin (U of T Professor), Judith McCormack (downtown legal services), and Justice Harvey Brownstone (family court judge and author of Tug of War). So here are some lessons I learned about being on the show:
- Time flies. Dale commented during commercial breaks that we didn’t get the chance to take more phone calls because of our own internal discussions.
- Keep your answers clear and short. There were a few times when myself and other guests had to rush our answers because the show had to move on. So keep it short and simple.
- Be prepared to discuss new issues fast. The issues shifted so many times throughout the conversation that you really need to be knowledgeable in a number of areas (e.g. access to justice, family law courts, technology, lawyer education, legal aid, etc.).
- Focus on the answers. I personally felt that much of the conversation revolved around the problems (e.g. lawyers are too expensive; I can’t access the right legal information I need; family court is a mess). I tried, at times, to shed a positive light on these issues by showing that innovative lawyers and solutions were arising to address these issues.
- Be mindful of your physical appearance. I was caught a few times looking around the set on TV and obstructing my face with my hand. I didn’t really know how to sit or where to look (there were cameras everywhere). The other guests kind of sat back and spoke to Dale. Just keep this in mind if you’re ever on TV: look at the host and don’t block your face.
So that’s it for now. I had a blast and am grateful for being on the show.