(named after my dad!)
Herbie was a man of few words most of the time. Some might say he wasn’t the most animated conversationalist, but he was a great storyteller. The quality of making himself smaller could have made him a good interviewer because he would ask more than he would talk, he would put the spotlight on the other person rather than himself.
Recently I was asked to guest on a New York radio show:
. The host was the worst interviewer ever. He knew absolutely nothing about me, had no interest in following up on anything I said, and gave me no signs that he listened to anything I said. His follow up questions came out of left field.
My dad would have done a much better job. To interview well you need:
a. A curiosity about the subject
b. Listen to what the interviewee says
c. Give interviewee evidence that you were listening
To interview well, like any spoke on the communication wheel, is a learned skill.
Do you have that skill or do you want to learn it?