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Robbie Carman: Besides the technical parts of getting the interview set up, it's also really important that you as the interviewer, and your interviewee, are comfortable with each other. Now before Jason and I go ahead and sit down to actually do our interview, it's important to have a conversation. I got to know Jason a little bit, told him a little bit about myself, and this does a couple of important things. It gets the interviewee comfortable and sort of more familiar with who I am, the type of questions that I'm going to ask. And it also allows the interviewee, to sort of get more familiar with sort of what we're going for.
Sort of the, what sort of motivation we have. It also allows me as the interviewer to understand what he's going after. Sort of what, if he's nervous or if he has any sort of questions about the process, things of that nature. Now when it comes times to actually sit down and do the interview, there's a couple key points that I want you to think about. First when asking questions, make sure you're actually asking a question and when you deliver that question make it clear and concise. When the person answers the question, make sure that they try to repeat part of the question, because sometimes, when you go back into editorial, you actually asking the question, might not make it into the actual show.
So you want to give your audience some context of what the question actually was. The other key thing you want to do when you're actually interviewing somebody, is do not ever step on their words. Let them answer the question completely, and let them finish their thought before you chime back in with some follow up questions. This will make your life much easier later on in the editorial process. And then the third thing I think you can do to really make your interviews really go smoothly and shine. It's have an outline and a timeframe. And try to follow that time frame and outline to the best of your ability.
Sure there's going to be times when you go down tangents and ask follow up questions that weren't on your outline. But sticking to your outline is going to do two things. It's going to keep the interview focused. And it's also going to respect the time of the person that you're interviewing. So with just a few key thoughts in mind. I think you can go out there and get some great interviews.
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