My grandmother used to ask me, “Were you vaccinated with a phonograph needle?” For all you youngsters out there, a phonograph was before record players, which were before CD players, which were before MP3 Players. You get my drift. Essentially, without a needle no sound would come out.

Teresa Parker speaking at her book launch party.

Teresa Parker speaking at her book launch party.

The point is, from an early age I talked … a lot. I still like to talk. It takes me forever to tell a story. I want to get in every detail. The listener yawns and says, “And your point is?” This is very distressing because I am usually a long ways from my point and there are so many more stops before my train is scheduled to pull into the station.

Writing is a bit easier because I can see what I’ve written and edit out material that is irrelevant to my point. This works fine for, say, a blog post, newspaper article or magazine story. When the written material gets much longer, it becomes more difficult to edit. For instance, with my memoir, I wrote twice as much as appeared in the book. Even now there are things I feel I could edit out. At some point in time, though, one has to bit the bullet and launch the book, article, story or blog post.

I have always loved writing and writing a book has always been my dream. I just didn’t know I would be writing a book about myself. And in doing so, I hadn’t really taken into consideration that quite a few people would want to me … talk. I figured the phonograph needle would come in handy for this.

Never having done a podcast or radio interview, I really didn’t take into consideration that they have a certain time frame to get all the talking in. Being a garrulous, then, isn’t the best quality for radio. There is a definitive start and end. It isn’t like a the message on Sunday where the pastor knows he has 30 minutes, but everyone expects him to go 15 minutes over the time allotted. When the radio show is over, it is over, period.

For a talker, this is rather difficult. I have learned one thing about radio, though, there is always another time slot to fill.  Being asked to come back is a great honor to me. It says perhaps I wasn’t as boring as others have made me out to be in the past.

I am what one might call a storyteller. Everyone has a story. You can tell the story quickly and hit the high points or you can add in the details that flavor it and make it just right. Too much spice, though, can ruin a story. Too little results in a nothing taste in your mouth.

I’m trying, these days, to perfect the art of just enough. The first interview I did went great. I didn’t know I was being recorded. He had asked if I wanted him to do a radio interview and we began talking about it. At some point he hit the record button because, as he put it, “you were talking so naturally I didn’t want to lose the flow.” I’m glad he did. That short interview is what went out over Christian News Service.

Next was a skype interview. That went well because I could see who I was talking to and related well. I know it will be edited so any ums and pauses will be taken out. The interview will become a podcast that will be released in January. It didn’t bother me to be interviewed there.

Then, however, was a 14-minute podcast that I felt I botched terribly. It will be edited so that is somewhat encouraging. She had to start her intro over a couple of times. I think the professional intro was disconcerting to me. Anyway, I talked and that is the point of a podcast so I’m hoping it comes out well.

All of this, perhaps, was just practice for “Views From The Heart,” a live Christian radio talk show I did this week for WDCD out of Albany, N.Y. Yep, I did it sitting in my office in Missouri. Technology is wonderful. Alison Stevens, the hostess, was easy to talk to and engaging. I feel my phonograph needle was used well during this interview.

I’ll stop writing now and talk if you want to listen. Here’s the interview, sans commercials.

I like talking and always have, but writing’s still my favorite. I get to edit writing. I don’t get to edit talking. And believe there are times I have wished my talking was edited, like the second it left my mouth. Coming up in January, I’ll be on WDCD again and also on American Family Radio’s talk show. I think they’ve discovered my phonograph needle works.

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Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 260 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has three more books, "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab at To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.