Monday, October 8, 2007

David van Nuys invited by students

Shrinkrapradio's Dr. Dave took a three hour drive up to San Joaquin County in order to speak for a psychology club at the local college. He was invited there by a listener to his podcast and met with a host of some 50 students who follow the psychology courses offered. The interaction with the group was taped and brought out as an episode in the shrinkrap series. This could have been terrible listening, but not so.

It is witness to the great radio talent of Dr. Dave together with his interview skills that it is actually great to listen in on the conversations. One really feels to have been present. What is a great strength of David's is that he neither tries to impress nor please his audience. He conducts himself quite naturally and balanced making for a pleasant focal point skipping from one student to the next for a short exchange. He also has a knack for taking their point, delivering a short answer and hand a return question that is pointy and brief and inviting an answer, neither dismissive, nor short nor too lengthy.

The fact that he truly connects with his audience is shown at several points where he unknowingly touches exactly on that point that is of interest to the student. Like when he tells about child psychology, only to find out that for the student who asked the question this is exactly her main interest. He is struck by it himself and makes a remark about it, but if one listens carefully more such connection points can be detected. Hence, the show turns into an experience I am glad to have had and that underlines once more what a unique and warm podcast Shrinkrapradio is.
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