Saturday, February 17, 2007

An Impeccable Public Appearance

How many of us have appeared on the local cable show to talk about our ministry? PeaceBang sees lots of hands in the air.

Here, on YouTube, no less, is a wonderful example of how to look while giving a smasheroo articulate and gracious interview:

I know you're thinking, "Well, yes, of course she looks elegant and beautiful -- she's young and gorgeous! How hard could it be?"

This is true. I wouldn't argue with you. She is young and gorgeous. However, she is also a full- time pastor of a thriving congregation who serves on a handful of boards, travels frequently, and is the mother of a four year-old. She didn't get out of bed looking like this.*

In fact, I am guessing that she's wearing foundation, a bit of blush, some eye make-up, and she's spent time on her hair. She chose her outfit carefully, she considered colors and length of skirt and image (the funky necklace says to me, "Yes, I am the parish minister of an historic New England congregation, but I am neither staid nor stuffy, so hey, check us out!"). She's composed and polished, and it doesn't hurt that she has a lovely speaking voice and excellent posture. Everything about her visual look underscores and highlights the tremendous intelligence of what she is saying.

That's how to do it, kids!

A big PeaceBang halo to the Rev. Parisa Parsa! Rock on, dear colleague.

* PeaceBang knows this from firsthand experience, since we have roomed together for many years at General Assembly and beheld each other many times at our bed-headed worst.



Blogger Ms. Theologian said...

She looks awesome and I love her necklace.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Caroline Divine said...

She's fabulous! And she was in SF before, sigh... Which, by the way, indicates that she knows her context, since in ministry with the homeless one is not in the same mode. She's adapted perfectly to her present context and you are right about the posture and demeanor. The outfit is great, the manner is great, and it's a lovely interview. Three cheers.

1:35 PM  
Blogger claire said...

wow! i've heard that parisa is a minister now, but she's practically famous! she was an advisor of mine at SWUUSI when i was a wee teenager in YRUU. back then she was also gorgeous, but with much funkier hair

1:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She also did a great job looking at the camera (and some at the interviewer) in a one-camera setup. Good hand motions - one needs to avoid the trap of making rapid motions that do not work well on TV. She smiled -- essential to TV. And sitting up straight posture, even leaning forward a tad -- very good engagement! Then of course, she had interesting things to say and expressed herself well. Only on a local show or PBS does a speaker get that much be prepared with really short answers for other venues. --Way to Go Parisa!!

11:47 PM  
Blogger fausto said...

I dunno, she's so durn impeccable, it might be just the whack on the side of the head her staid suburban flock need to see her in funky hair!

4:05 PM  

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