Choose Your Words Carefully

Sixth in a series of seven blog posts on interviewing techniques to draw out people’s most authentic stories. Even the smallest words you choose in your questions can make all the difference to whether your interviewee opens up to you or snaps shut like a clam. This...

Ask All the Dumb Questions

Fourth in a series of seven blog posts on interviewing techniques to draw out people’s most authentic stories. Maybe you are concerned that if you interview your father, he will be shocked or offended that you know so little about his story. Maybe he will leave out...

Lessons in Sexual Assault

Around the same time Christine Ford (now Dr. Christine Blasey Ford) recalls being in a room with two drunken teenage boys, one of whom pinned her to a bed and put his hand over her mouth to silence her while he tried to remove some of her clothes, I was sitting in a...

Find Out What Makes People Tick

The first in a series of seven blog posts on interviewing techniques to draw out people’s most authentic stories. You may be no Oprah Winfrey or Jay Leno, but there are still plenty of reasons you might want to interview someone. Try these for starters: Preserving...

Why does a book need an executive producer?

Today I held in my hands an advance copy of a book for which I was executive producer. It was a proud moment: the cover was eye-catching and beautifully designed, on the back cover was a glowing endorsement from a prominent business leader, the pages were typeset in...