However, a few of the tips were helpful and made sense like having a conversation, not sticking strictly to the list of questions, and having fun.
The second video on the same topic was a little better, however, Chris Pirillo was getting off topic a lot, he was too informal, and "all over the place". It seemed to me that what took him about nine minutes to describe could be said in five.
Finally, I found exactly what I was looking for: an interview with a professional journalist with a lot of experience in interviewing people. In five minutes, Katie Couric delivered just what I was expecting: basic information on how to make interviewing a good experience for the person interviewed and get the best material for the audience.
This is what I took from the video:
- be warm and welcoming and try to get the other person relaxed
- don't just read the questions, have a conversation
- be a good listener and explore additional topics if the opportunity comes up
- do your research and learn as much as you can about the topic
- be empathetic
- don't use "yes" or no "questions"
- remember who you are serving--your audience