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Katy Couric. The Best Advice I Ever Got

Katy Couric. The Best Advice I Ever Got. New York. Random House Trade Paperbacks. ©2011

There is a reason Katie Couric’s book is a New York Times Best Sellers. It is a terrific offering. Katie asked many of the people that she has interviewed over the years to answer the question. What is the best advice you have ever received? Most of these are well known; however, many others are relatively unknown. All of the replies are well worth reading.

Jay Leno answered, “Marry your conscience.”  Michael J. Fox explains, “Be Grateful.” “Giving is living,” is the contribution from Mitch Albom. .Rosario Dawson adds, “Feast on your life.” Eric Schmidt says,   ”Say yes.” And Colin Powell contributes, “It doesn’t matter where you start.”

These are just a small sample of all the wonderful examples Katie includes. Katie contributes several entries herself. The only thing that mars the book is that the print and lack of white space makes it difficult to read. Perhaps I should have bought the hardback or the ebook. All the royalties from sales go to Scholarship America. It is a great gift for college graduates and those facing challenges.

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Katie Would Look Great in Suspenders

Katie CouricWhen Larry King leaves CNN later this year, we will lose the best interviewer on television. Larry has the unique ability and trained skill among the current crop of television interviewers to listen to his guest. He never tries to embarrass the guest or upstage him or her. He says, “I leave my ego at home.” His interviews do not become shouting matches.

Over these many years I have watched and listened as he interviewed everyone from Billy Graham to Lady Gaga and I have admired his ability. He never becomes the show. Sometimes he does drool a little too much with some of the more glamorous stars and fawns a little too much over some athlete that no one cares about; however, if he were in one of my courses on communication he would definitely get an A. When the interview is over, I usually know what the guest thinks. Larry is a professing Jew, and he treats Billy Graham with tremendous respect. He is nuts about Nancy Reagan and he treats Hillary Clinton with the same respect. Even with someone like Netanyahu, who is determined not to say anything of the slightest importance, Larry turns in a good performance.

Katie Couric is the most logical successor to Larry. Katie is an excellent interviewer and given the relaxed nature of a show like Larry’s, she would become even better. Like Larry she knows everyone and is respected by everyone except perhaps Sarah Palin. She knows how to listen and how to follow-up. She puts the interviewee at ease and creates a good atmosphere.

CNN is having its troubles and the departure of Larry will make matters worse for them. The top brass at the cable network would help their cause if they worked out a way to get Katie. I realize that the night belongs to the shouters and the constant conspiracy theorists not to mention the barrage of personality assassins, but so far CNN has proved a voice of reason. CNN should allow Katy to choose the guests. She has all the right contacts and knows who and what matters.

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