How to improve my public speaking and interviewing skills? Answered
Much to my surprise I've been doing a fair number of media interviews lately. (TV, radio, podcast) I'm not really happy with the way that I sound. I either sound a bit scatterbrained or uncertain. I meander, give run-on sentences, finish different sentences than I start, etc. This happens even if I get the questions in advance.
Usually the interviews are taped and the editors work hard to make me sound coherent, but even then my speech is full of pauses, "um"s and "ah"s. I'd like to break myself of the habit.
So any hints, tips, ways to practice and/or relax more?