Hi everybody. Recruiting Animal here on June 16 2010.
I was on the Recruiter House Party last week and the host was someone I like to think of as the greatest recruiter in Hawaii, the famous Maha Akiki. She keeps telling me that she's Lebanese but Maha sounds like Aloha to me.
Anyway, in case you didn't hear me, I'm going to play you a little clip from that show right now so you can see what it was like.
You see, her goal was to bug me about who I Really am and I told her the truth: this is me. But I have to admit that I didn't elaborate because I'm a modest man and I was there to discuss issues not my personality.
But I felt that my resistance really put a damper on things so I'm going to answer her question now.
Every now and then I do hear people say: "I met Animal at Recruitfest and he was really different. Why is that? What's going on?"
Well I'll tell you. If you meet me at Recruitfest you'll see that I'm a mild mannered recruiter who minds his own business. That's me. I have nothing to say to strangers and I'm not good at parties.
That's why I always ask my guests what they do at networking events when they don't know anybody. And, usually, I get answers that aren't of any use to me.
Remember, last week, the guest said: "Well I sit down at the table and tell everyone I have a boat and then I regale them with a lot of sailing stories."
Well that's not me. That's not me. How do I know you want to hear my life story or my political opinions? You know, I go to Starbucks in the morning just to get some peace and people always start telling me their personal business and I don't like it. But in regular life I'll put up with it. I told you I'm mild mannered.
But not on this show. Not on this show. And you know why?
Because I'm not here to make you feel good. And I'm not here to listen to baloney. I'm here on a mission.
Three years ago I decided that I would create a podcast and the guiding idea was this:
If someone forced you to listen to it for an hour, you wouldn't feel the urge to kill yourself just to get out of doing so.
So it's not supposed to be monotonous. It's not supposed to be boring and it's not supposed to fill the air with incomprehensible jargon.
But I said to myself when I started: Animal you don't have a team of flunkies to screen out the dead wood in advance of the show. And you don't have a team to teach your guests how to be interesting before they appear.
So you have to do it yourself - on air - as the show is going on.
So, at Recruitfest, yes I'm a regular Clark Kent. But on the animal show, I'm Stanley Kowalski!
And the people who are attracted to this show are Vulgarians with a Purpose, just like me - fighting a never ending battle for truth, justice and, dare I say it, authenticity!
So, all you sissies, abandon ship! 'Cause, Jerry Jerry, what show is this?