COUPLE OF TIPS FOR YOUR INTERVIEW – Media Coaching

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  • For your open – start off with a question like -

ARE YOU WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?

We have help for you today.  Dr —- is here to discuss his new book ——- etc.

Limit your intro to a minute or two unless you have Albert Einstein as a guest.

Rehearse your open a dozen time so it is flawless.

  • This is a common mistake almost everyone I have heard make. Even the big guys on national TV.

Asking two questions at once.

Can you tell us why you wrote this book?

And then why anyone would want to read it?

Each one has a separate answer and confuses the guest. They might even forget to answer one of the questions.

So make them TWO.

Why did you write this book?

Perhaps, much later in the interview, you could ask.

Who would benefit by reading your book?

It’s a good last question.

  • NEVER NEVER use your own experience or your kid or anyone you know as an example of a question you want to ask.
  • AWAYS PUT IT IN SOMEONE ELSE’S MOUTH

Say, you got an email asking —–

Someone made a comment on your blog asking ———-

Otherwise, you will end up as a target – or worse, having to defend yourself.  It is an uncomfortable position.  You lose control over your interview.

BESIDES, NOBODY CARES.  When you ask advice about another person, your listener can relate to that person.

My dear mentor, Larry King, is retired.  I am heartbroken. He was the master of good questions.  And they were kind.  Never GOTCHA.

They were always short.

Sometimes only -

WHY?

But my favorite question he used all the time is –

WHAT HAPPENED?

It throws the entire responsibility on the guest and surprising answers come out.

Possibly information you did not even think about asking. Sometimes, even secrets the guest was not thinking of talking about at all.

It makes for a much more interesting show.

And makes you look more experienced and professional.

  • Although I am a great believer in spontaneity, you should prepare some good tight questions before the interview. The main points your listener would want to know.

Then, be prepared to follow the direction of the conversation.

I would use this question to myself while preparing –

  • IF I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THIS PERSON OR HIS BOOK OR PROGRAM, WHAT WOULD I WANT TO KNOW?

THAT IS WHAT WILL INTEREST YOUR AUDIENCE.

ASK THOSE QUESTIONS.

WILL YOU?

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November 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

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Kathy Ver Eecke November 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Corinne–Such fabulous tips! I agree with every one of them, and have already made almost every mistake.

As you know, I’ve just launched a new video series, and besides the very obvious technical errors on the first few uploads, it took me at least four interviews to learn to just shut up! My first intro was almost three minutes long. The poor interviewee looks like he might fall asleep and I’m talking about HIM! If even he can’t listen through, who else will.

Great tips. thanks for sharing!!
Kathy
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Corinne
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November 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Just keep at it, Kathy -

You are a natural interviewer.

And you would be surprised that the number of people who were watching never notice things.

But, I know. We all want to improve.

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Nancy Shields
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November 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm

You nailed it again BFF – You have to be a great listener to be a great interviewer. I totally agree with you and the not asking 2 questions at once. I don’t like when that happens because it totally confuses you and you don’t know which question to answer first. You wonder how some of these interviewers have made it????

I agree about Larry King – simple, to the point and not so complex. Loved his interviews……Have you thought about taking over his job????

Living in the possibilities of life,
Nancy
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Corinne
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November 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Have you noticed Larry’s job is already taken, Nancy?

Piers Morgan has a much different affect and many more GOTCHAS – but he is a professional and he certainly gets the meat of every story.

Personally, I like the more gentle touch but I do watch him. But I doubt he would be a mentor.

He has kind of a sharp edge. Maybe I’ll get used to him.

And there’s always my second favorite, Brian Williams. If his wife gets sick of him, I want him next.

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Andrew
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November 11, 2011 at 2:22 am

Nancy

My wife is always asking me 2 questions at once and I hate it!

I just cannot cope – one question please.

In fact…you know what…she now does it on purpose!

Andrew
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Corinne
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November 11, 2011 at 6:17 am

Dear Andrew -

Part of our job as wives is Chinese water torture.

With your hectic schedule -

I have a feeling that the only time slot she has is during the commercials in the football game you are watching. So she has to talk fast.

Fess up. Is it true?

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Anna November 8, 2011 at 7:34 am

I totally liked that! Short, compact tips about how to take our job or whatever we want, because I think communication is the most important key to your success.
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Corinne
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November 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Dear Anna -

I have found, in general, shorts posts are more read.

We all are so busy.

After all, I am not doing a review of War and Peace. That would take some time.

Thank you for joining the conversation. Come back and visit soon.

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Larissa November 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Hi Corinne,
Great tips- short and to the point!
See you around!
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edmond0925 November 10, 2011 at 1:06 am

These are really great tips! Thank you for sharing this!

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Corinne
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November 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Dear Larissa and Edmond0925 -

You are both welcome. Come back soon.

You are not a stranger anymore.

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Beat Schindler
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November 10, 2011 at 5:56 am

Great tips! What makes them really powerful is the fact that all of us have made these mistakes, or found ourselves at the receiving end of them. I for one sure can relate … lol … I particularly like the “Why” and “What Happened” questions. Another great interviewer, Tony Robbins. One of my Tony favorites: “What is your favorite color?” “I don’t know.” “If you could know your favorite color, what would it be?” – you get the drift.

Be bold. Take action.
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Corinne
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November 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Dear Beat -

I can’t imagine why anyone would ask what your favorite color is unless you are a car salesman.

Yes, we all make mistakes. It takes time to get the hang of it. I saw your interview with Michelle. I thought it was good.

Remember I did over 400 shows. You do get it after a while.

I had a great coach. Now retired. But he did not let me get away with anything.

I learned – or I suffered.

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Andrew
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November 11, 2011 at 2:26 am

Beat

Favorite color?

I don’t get that question in an interview. Who cares?

Unless of course…Tony is taking us down a certain way.

Andrew
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Corinne
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November 11, 2011 at 6:19 am

Yes, Beat, there must be a reason for that question.

Where does he go with it?

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Michelle Vandepas
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November 10, 2011 at 6:50 am

Corinne I love the WHAT HAPPENED. I’ll have to use that one next. Great question. I still talk to much. Sometimes I edit myself out, but sometimes if I try to do that, I loose the point. I need to get back to the basics.. SHUT UP!
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Corinne
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November 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Dear Michelle -

What happened?

It certainly throws the ball back, especially if you have a shy guest.

Go back and look or listen to your first interviews. You’ll see all you learned.

I am so proud of you.

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Andrew
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November 10, 2011 at 8:23 am

Corinne

Great advice as always.

What do you do when the person you are interviewing just doesn’t open up and TALK!

Andrew
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Corinne
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November 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Dear Andrew -

Usually, if someone won’t talk it is because they are frozen in fear.

I don’t know if you played “Patty Cake” with your kids. Do they do that in the UK?

Silly game where you clap hands and then rotate one hand against the other?
Then you go faster and faster.

I actually played that game until I got them laughing. Then they would talk. You can even do it before an interview on a podcast.
Just tell your guest what to do -with a kid – or a friend – or a wife.

Siskel and Ebert were a famous duo who reviewed movies. They are the ones who gave me the idea.

They said it brought the energy up.

Sounds silly. But it works. Try it yourself with a mirror before you do a video blog. You will see that it really relaxes you.

A little soft shoe also does it. That could be good for you since you are a dancer.

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Andrew
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November 10, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Corinne,

Is it always fear?

I often think of Harrison Ford (actor) – now he’s hard to interview (not that I’ve tried!).

I, personally have no problem in talking and I can see how a little jig would boost my enerfy up even more!

“Patty Cake” – don’t tkink I know that one.

Andrew
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Corinne
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November 11, 2011 at 6:22 am

Dear Andrew -

I promise I will teach you “Patty Cake” when you come to the US next year.

Maybe your wife know. We usually play that game with little kids.

In the meantime, do a little dance. That you know about.

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Nicole Rushin
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November 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm

What about if ‘we’ are the one being interviewed? Instead of the interviewer.
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Michelle Vandepas
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November 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Nicole, I’m sure Corinne will have a lot to say on this subject, but I want to add, TAKE A BREATH.. When I interview, the toughest part is finding a place to ask a question. Sometimes new interviewees will talk and talk and talk out of nervousness, but that doesn’t make a good interview.

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Corinne
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November 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Dear Nicole -

I wrote a post just for you on this.

http://www.personal-growth-with-corinne-edwards.com/your-book-be-a-great-interview-guest/

If you have an interview coming up, we should talk. I’ll give you some tips on this.

Michelle’s comment is for starters. Answer in an interested and interesting way – but don’t hijack the whole interview.

If you have a story to tell – make it a short one. You have lots of stories. People love them.

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Joel
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November 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Great advice Corinne! I have a tendency of talking too much and not getting the answers I want. I will try these out, thanks!
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Corinne
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November 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Dear Joel -

Talking fast is not so bad. Listen to newscasters. They do it. People listen faster than you think.

Talking too much is another thing. See Michelle’s comment.

Frame the interview before you start. Then, follow the conversation. Get your questions tight. Ask them just once. Don’t explain. Your guest heard you the first time.

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Joshua Allen November 10, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Great advice with a great lessons to learn Corrine! That is definitely what I observe when an interviewer interviews his interviewee keep on asking and talking very fast. I learn a lot and thank you so much because I already know what are the right things need to implement when you are going to have interview..
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Corinne
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November 11, 2011 at 6:25 am

Dear Joshua -

As you start doing interviews and podcasts, you become much more aware of what other people are doing.

And their mistakes.

Glad you picked up something you could use on this post.

Makes writing one so worthwhile. Thank you.

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Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny
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November 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Hi Corinne,
I love those short, straight to the point questions like why and what happened. I’ll definitely use those in the future.
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Corinne
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November 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Great, Cheryl -

Yes, short to the point questions are more easily answerable.

No one is commenting on getting your open really tight – short and rehearsed so it is flawless.

That’s what brings the audience into the interview fast – and keeps them there.

I’d like to stress that again – not to you – but to everyone who is reading this post.

You can’t redeem yourself with great questions if they have clicked off. They are gone.

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Debbie
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November 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Wonderful tips Corinne. IF I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THIS PERSON OR HIS BOOK OR PROGRAM, WHAT WOULD I WANT TO KNOW? This is a really great way to think about the questions you want to ask.

I also like the why and “What Happened”

I’ll keep taking note from your post Corinne and one day I’ll do an interview.

Thank you again and sorry that I am a little slow on reading this. I am waiting for some clearer weather in my house. Notice I said IN!. Just joking, but the faster I go the slower I am getting. Now I know how you feel when you wrote. “A Women without a Man”

Steve is just working in Texas right now. Get to see him every once in awhile.
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Corinne
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November 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm

We are waiting for you, Debbie.

This was a great observation in your comment -

“IF I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THIS PERSON OR HIS BOOK OR PROGRAM, WHAT WOULD I WANT TO KNOW? This is a really great way to think about the questions you want to ask.”

How many times have you watched an interview and said to yourself -

“Why isn’t he asking THIS? It’s what I want to know about the guest.”

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Radu November 14, 2011 at 9:40 am

I believe also that spontaneity should be the main key in a live interview. To be honest with you, the rehearsal cancel the “soul” and it looks like everything is artificial.

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Corinne
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November 14, 2011 at 9:57 am

Dear Radu -

What has to be rehearsed and get flawless is your one or two minute introduction.

If you flub that – it ruins the show.

I put the ideas for questions on a 3×5 card. Just as a reminder to me when I am framing the show.

Yes, I agree. It should just flow.

Thanks for your valuable input.

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Sig November 15, 2011 at 2:04 am

Thank you for sharing this post. I experience butterfly stomach most of the time because I felt like I am not prepared enough if got asked. I believe preparation indeed is a key to a successful interview. By: Pregnancy Miracle Ebook

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Corinne
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November 18, 2011 at 9:36 am

Der Sig -

Very usual – and natural.

Once you get started, you will be surprised how it feels just like a conversation with a friend.

Be brave.

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Raymond Chua
Twitter:
November 18, 2011 at 2:34 am

Great tips, Corrine.

I’m not interviewing anyone but I’m having a great time reading it meanwhile visualizing myself asking those questions in a guest interview. :)

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Corinne
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November 18, 2011 at 9:34 am

Good, Raymond – waiting for you.

Here are a few tips if you are the guest yourself.

http://www.personal-growth-with-corinne-edwards.com/your-book-be-a-great-interview-guest/

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David Rogers
Twitter:
November 24, 2011 at 12:25 am

Some very good tips here, high time I took the plunge and interviewed someone. The techniques are not dissimilar to carrying out an assessment, which I do frequently at work.
I recently saw Frost/Nixon for the first time. That’s a great education into the whole process!

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Corinne
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November 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Yes, David, it is high time.

In your profession you do it every day. You must meet some interesting people. I bet they would be happy to be interviewed.

Everyone wants that 15 minutes of fame.

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Amy LeForge November 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Thus far I haven’t interviewed anyone, but I have an opportunity to do it very soon, which makes reading this so helpful! Thanks, Corinne.

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Corinne
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November 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Dear Amy -

I have seen a few of your presentations and they were excellent. You look great on camera.

When you get ready for an interview, give me a call. I’ll help you to “frame” it.

Get the open down pat. And your first question.

Can’t wait to see it.

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Heather Smith January 5, 2012 at 1:25 am

” Less is good , more will be too much to handle” I think this is the basic ingredient for a good interviewer. Again a great post !

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Tyrone January 9, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Great tips Corinne!
I can’t help but agree that maybe one of my errors why the questions become tangled (despite the fun) is that I become the target when I’m asking a question based on my personal experience.

It’s nice to be reminded. :)

-Tyrone
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Elin Bröllopsklänningar March 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I believe as you mentioned that spontanity is the uttermost thing to consider when you are in a interview situation. I always try to be as relaxed as possible and it use to work!

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