The skills of interviewing

Interview Skills

Whatever the subject, make your interviews grab your audiences’ attention.

Our techniques and soft skills will teach you how to prepare, connect, ask and listen to get the best from your guests.

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Course overview

Programme

Our tailored programme – for audio or video interviews – will teach you the techniques and skills to create extraordinary interviews.

Outcomes

Delegates will leave the training able to: 

  • PREPARE: how to research your guest and the subject
  • CONNECT: make you and your guest comfortable for the best engagement
  • ASK: the questions that will make your interview stand out
  • LISTEN: how to listen effectively to make sure you ask the best questions
  • Learn from practical interview experience with feedback from broadcasters

Training Overview

Our workshop will help you develop the skills you need to do great interviews for audio or video use.  We’ll start with techniques to scope, plan and prepare for an interview and to make a connection with your guest.  You’ll learn the techniques needed to devise key questions to get the best from your guest and we’ll also work on your listening skills and help you recognise how to respond to your guest’s answers.

The programme also includes great examples of interviewing techniques and delegates will also have the chance to prepare and deliver a live interview and gain feedback.

Sample Programme (tailored to your needs)

Prepare

  • What do you want to achieve from your interview?
  • Researching your guest and subject
  • Scoping the interview

Connect

  • Icebreakers
  • Matching your guest
  • Showing empathy
  • “Leaning in”

Ask

  • Using open questions
  • Move from data and fact to stories and emotions
  • Your key question
  • Moving the narrative

Listen

  • Practical skills
  • Using eye contact and body language
  • Pausing and nudging
  • Pivoting your questions

Interview exercise

  • Prepare and deliver a live interview
  • Feedback
Put your media training to work

This training can be provided as:

  • Workshop on your business premises or at our Essex venue – maximum 6 delegates (Larger group workshops can be catered for – ask us for details)
  • Virtual training – maximum 6 delegates

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Podcasters
  • Video producers or vloggers
  • Influencers
  • Press / marketing teams creating content

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  • Kate Belfast

    I found this training exceptionally helpful. I have been doing social media for five years now and I still got a lot from this course. The trainer was very friendly and approachable, the course wasn't too big which meant you got to ask questions more freely which was very helpful.

  • Hannah Cheshire

    Great team building exercise and very interesting, I like that we were encouraged to practice and try and produce something individual and then come together as a team to discuss.

  • Chloe Cambridge

    Great facilitation, thorough and personable. Would thoroughly recommend this course.

  • Antonia London

    Ruth delivered a brilliant media interviewing skills workshop for young people. The training was informative, practical, and interactive – it has given young people the tools and confidence they needed to become brilliant interviewers.

  • Anella Bangor

    Fantastic course, very informative without being complicated. Whether you are after a refresher or completely new to smartphone filming and editing. This course is for everyone.

  • Alex Cambridge

    All killer and no filler!

Call 01206 841933 or send us an email to discuss your goals.

We will tailor courses to suit your exact needs.