3 Tips On How To Build Rapport Quickly In Order To Conduct a Podcast Interview
My approach to interviewing is always the same.
Every “interview” is really a conversation. I view this as my selfish opportunity to ask someone all the things I want to know. How can you get another person to open up and spill the contents of their head?
#1: World’s Most Basic Ice Breaker
How do you build a fast connection with the person who is so generously about to give you their time?
Your main goal here is to put the interviewee at ease. Start with the dumbest questions that show respect.
“How do I spell your name and write your title correctly because I am going to be putting this online?”
That’s my starter because I’ve needed it in every interview I’ve ever done.
This is also a moment where someone may reveal something about themself. But usually, it just slows down the process of getting into the interview.
#2: Show Off That You Did Your Homework
It’s the greatest compliment to your guest when you show up prepared.
What’s their most recent work? Read the blog or book. Watch the movie or show. Hop onto their YouTube channel. Notice things as you go that will spark your questions.
#3: Better To Prepare With Too Many Questions Than Not Enough
I will happily prepare too many questions so I can indulge my every curiosity if my interview (and time) will give me the chance.
But I’m also prepared to throw them out the window if something else comes up.
Listen to their answers and follow up with fresh questions rather than just going down your pre-prepared list. That is what will make it feel more like a conversation and less of an “interview.”
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