I am wondering if you could change your opening line about YourStorys. It is no longer a porn site as it was for years. It is now a legit site. I guess I will have to change my story now. YourStories was just not available when I registered this domain back in 2000-2001.A funny story about this is that I was headed back to my high school reunion and was speaking to a friend of mine who I hadn't been connected to in some thousand years. His mother was a very influential english teacher of mine and I loved her. I sent Dick my link to show him what I was up to. The next day I got an email from his mother, I didn't know she was still alive. Dick had sent his mother the link and she looked at the site. Her subject line was, "You're up to your old tricks, I see". She busted me on the misspelling.She then went on to give me some solid writing recommendations. I love her and am now still in touch, she is and was a huge influence in my life.
I got lost trying to find the room and arrived late. I missed part of this session which had advice I desparately need after listening to my first couple of podcasts.
Here's my notes:
Ask a question that they don't expect
Share your questions, after editing them, with the person you will interview
Get feedback and then respond to that feedback.
Never leave them feeling they are not listened to
This preps them and allows them to provide you more or better information
We're going to spend 30 minutes and that's it. Inform them of the process. Stick to your plan.
Establish rapport through contact. Show your enthusiasm to subject and person.
Let them know how long you will need them. Stick to schedule.
How do you explain the editing process to your guests?
There's a range of approaches:
-Some let the person hear the edited interview before it is published and others don't
-During the interview, they will let a person take a second chance if it they trip on their words
-"If they go on a tangent, I will stop them and summarize it. Then I will ask them to say it and challenge it."
-Give them feedback. If they give you a great answer, tell them. If they don't give you a good answer, ask the question again in a different way.
Do you edit the ums and ahs?
"I don't remove the ums because they are part of natural speech - unless they are frequent and loud - I will pick off every second one. I don't edit sections of their answer unless it is a far off tangent."
If I edit ums, I don't edit it out of the first few seconds of the interview, but leave them in. Once people hear the interview and believe the person was an expert.
Yourstorys edits out the ums and ahs.
Important point: Open up the show with the guest and end with the guest.
Plan the set up in advance when there is a question that needs to be asked. All I care about is the question.
What interview shows do you like?
Listen to the ones you like and don't like. Get a full range.
Beyond Science Show - good interviewer.
What happens if your reach a fork in the road?
Your subject may stray down a new path, don't stop them if it is interesting
If they stumble, ask them the question again in a new way. If they say something you would like to have them say another way suggest an alternative.
I'm hoping they will post their slides.