For the love of all things good, stop doing this in your interview. You’re making me yawn and ruining the flow.
Don’t ask two part questions.
This isn’t a press brief, you have more than one opportunity to find out anything. Ask one question – it might unfold into an incredible place. Then ask, part two when you’re good and ready.
Be concise with your question.
I hear this all of the time. Example: “What was that like for you? I mean, was it difficult, did you struggle, or was it pretty easy? I mean…what was the like? Tell me about that.”
This is how you make an interview boring. People want the answer. And try your hardest to not ask yes/no questions. Be concise. Think like a therapist. Your job isn’t to talk, it’s to get some self-disclosure.
“How’d this make you feel?” That’s the perfect question. And then sit there quietly. We’ll edit out that dead space – or maybe the space plays a role on its own.
NO small talk!
This is for the 95% of podcasters that have 32 listeners. Nobody gives a crap. Give me, the listener, something worth listening to…something worth talking about later.