He has the formula to being memorable

“If you could have one superpower, what superpower would you choose?” she asked. I thought about it for a moment. What would you have answered?

I was expecting the usual interview question like “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” or “What makes you the best candidate for this job?”. Out of all interview questions I’ve ever been asked, the superpower question is one of the most memorable ones.

I wonder, what makes a thing or a person memorable? Is there a formula to being memorable?  

David Sedaris is a very memorable, interesting person (in addition to being a humor writer). The first time I watched David Sedaris being interviewed, I was hooked with his persona and wanted to learn more about him.

I watched one of his interviews because I heard that he’s a funny writer. I was actually in search for another formula, the how-to-be-funny formula. 

In an interview, Stephen Colbert asks David what life wisdom he’s going to share with a graduating class. David’s life wisdom: be cautious of the scented candles you buy because only a couple scented candles are worth buying. (Both are French brands which I’d never heard about.)

Before he answered, I was expecting a serious message of wisdom. Then I realized that despite his answer not being serious or expected, it’s true advice. It reminded me of candles I’ve bought in the past that didn’t live up to their expectations.

David has the formula to being memorable. He gives out-of-ordinary answers and asks out-of-ordinary questions. If there’s a formula to being memorable, it’s to be unexpected + different.

What’s the most memorable question that you’ve ever been asked? If you’ve read David’s books, do you have any recs? I’m still deciding what book of his to read first.

Your amiga, 

Andrea

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16 thoughts on “He has the formula to being memorable

  1. I’m not the biggest fan of the “superpower” question. I just want it all. I feel that once you pick one thing, you’re limiting yourself. Usually, I go with something like flying or teleportation because I enjoy seeing new places, visiting people that are scattered around the world, and hate traffic.

    So, what did you answer?

    Regarding David, I’ve heard only good things about his books, but remember picking one up and not really enjoying it as much as I thought I would. I don’t remember the title.

    Memorable… it can go a few different directions. Very evil people can be memorable because of the pain they have caused us. Also, the opposite – we might find the kindest people most worthy of remembrance. I don’t really try to be memorable, but I wouldn’t mind if people remembered me for my loyalty, honesty, creativity, spontaneity.

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    1. Haha, for sure, flying and teleportation would help with traffic. And I’d never thought of how those superpowers would help with traveling. I guess when I think of flying, I think of superheroes saving the world and solving problems. But you’re right on how those superpowers can be used to visit people around the world and see new places.

      At that time or before that time, I’d watched the show Daredevil, so I answered extraordinary listening skills. I honestly don’t know how that skill would’ve helped me with the job, but that’s what I answered. And I don’t remember how I explained that answer.

      That’s my worry, that I won’t enjoy his books as much.

      You make valid points on memorability going different directions, like evil people being memorable for the pain they’ve caused and also kind people being remembered for their thoughtful actions.

      I think those are great traits to be remembered for!

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    2. I like your thoughts on memorable. Yes evil people can be. I agree with you I don’t try to be memorable. and like you I wouldn’t mind to be remembered for my goodness. Kindness, care, love, honesty, integrity and just a nice person with some smartness in a humble package.

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