Interview Style Needs Work
I’ve been trying to catch up, now on episode 27. I find myself skipping through the disjunct monologue with appalling guitar fore and aft, hoping that someone will be the impetus to elicit an actual interview. So far, not yet.Questions are not merely statements with “correct?” appended to the end. Effective questions seek to clarify “who, what, why, when, how”. A statement followed by, “correct?” does not prompt a guest to address the meat and potatoes of the subject matter, rather it asks for a simple yes or no, correct or incorrect.Skip the need for precise chronology. I know you’re an engineer and maybe a little compartmentalized, but a conversation evolves at its own speed, organically. Let it. Get out of the way. You’ve got some interesting guests, and given that most of them are sailors, they’re probably adept at “swapping lies” at the waterfront bar. Simply guide your guests; don’t box them in. Encourage them to talk story. If you continue to frame your mission as Sail Loot, every guest will try to contribute something from their personal experience to the anticipated conversation. Ditch the quaint small talk. “Yeah, no, right, sorry. Go on,” and other stumbles risk conversational cohesion as do assumed inside jokes, fading speech volume. Ask clear, concise, probing questions. Follow up with another question if the answer lacked clarity. If you have the benefit of research before calling your guest, simply write down a few questions to help gently guide the conversation. Stop informing your guests that you’ve researched them; it’s a little creepy. Your effective questions will prompt the expose of a tapestry rather that a simple, bland answer. If you’d like to talk about yourself and your personal journey, maybe you should do so in the closing minutes of each podcast. When you insert yourself into an exploration of your guest, you might be attempting to be relatable, but it comes off a bit egotistical or overreaching, like you’re claiming the stage for yourself. I’d love to see you finally let up on the reins of your guest and ask probing questions respective Sail Loot, how your guests maintain a sustainable existence whilst cruising, or at least significantly reduce their burn rate.I’m hanging in there, actually going back this moment to listen again as I prep my Perkins 4.108 for badly needed paint. Subjects I’d like to hear discussed: Power generation and management; maintenance strategies such as deferral and DIY; communications, internet-based businesses, philanthropy...Take heart. Terry Gross wasn’t always as good as she in now. You’ll get there with a little more polish. Just shoot for an easy, flowing conversation. I’ll update this review as I progress through your podcasts.
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