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Jane Hutcheon

broadcaster/journalist/author

12 Sep
2018

Some Faqs About Asking Questions.... FAQ

Jane Hutcheon

It's a skill that's like a muscle; you get better at it.

But it's not that difficult when you have a structure for your interview and you sort of know where the answer is going. 

With a structure you can think of your questions as a car travelling in a particular direction.  A little diversion doesn't matter because you know where you are heading.

Do your guests get the questions before the Interview?

Never.

Sometimes, if pushed, I will give people subject areas which look something like this:

  • childhood and early life
  • school
  • influences
  • career
  • the significant moment

In almost every situation, the guest is already an expert in virtually everything I am likely to ask. 

I may say before we start, "I'd like to talk about that time.... if that's ok?" Just to flag that there could be something tricky, but I don't let that stop me asking what comes to mind. 

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