Every day is a new experience

One thing I really enjoy about my job is that every day is different.

One day I might be writing a news story for HydroWorld.com on large infrastructure projects in Canada.

One day I might be editing a technical article for an upcoming issue of Hydro Review.

And one day I might be nervously preparing for a telephone interview with the BBC for its Business Matters radio program.

OK, that last one is definitely outside the norm of my typical work day, but it happened to me on the afternoon of Monday, Jan. 12.

I was working on, I think, a news story for the website at about 2 pm when I saw an email from a lady with the BBC, as well as a notification that I had been mentioned on Twitter by the same lady. And lo and behold I also had a voice mail message from her.

The BBC World Service in London was inviting me to do a short phone interview for their radio program, giving them my thoughts on the completion of construction of the 338-MW Stung Russey (Russei) Chrum Krom dam and hydropower project in Cambodia. (The BBC, founded in 1922, runs 10 national radio stations in the United Kingdom that are available via analogue and digital radio, digital television and online.)

A ceremony had been held that very day to mark the completion of this project, which is Cambodia’s largest hydroelectric facility and cost US$500 million to develop.

So, once I got over my initial anxiety and started to think logically, I knew my first step had to be spending some time looking into the electricity situation in Cambodia, the significance of this new hydro project, and other data on hydropower that might be relevant to the audience listening to this radio program. Business Matters covers “key global business news in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”

Naturally I inquired if they could tell me what sorts of questions they would ask during this interview, then I spent time looking at HydroWorld.com and other websites, gathering my facts and figures, and trying to gather my wits.

By the time we negotiated (via email) a time and place for this interview, it was only 45 minutes away and I still did not feel prepared!

Luckily the interviewer took it fairly easy on me. And a short 15 minutes later, we were done and I was sponging my brow and returning my addled brain to normal day-to-day functions like breathing again and taking stock of how I had just lost 3 hours of my workday in preparations for a 15-minute event.

But, I am SO pleased to have had this opportunity to talk to the BBC’s large global audience about the benefits hydropower can bring, even if the discussion was narrowly focused on Cambodia.

If you care to listen to my interview, click here. I’m on for about 4 minutes, starting at 6:20.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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