Ask All the Challenging Questions

Fifth in a series of seven blog posts on interviewing techniques to draw out people’s most authentic stories. [When a guest is hesitant], I say, hey, our listeners will like you more, will identify with you more, and I promise will be moved by what you say if you can...

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...
A community of ghosts

A community of ghosts

The writer’s life can be a little lonely at times. There’s an up side, though, as my fellow ghostwriter John Kador describes in his latest blog post. John and I are both members of a “community of ghostwriters”, and that cuts through the...
That’s what I said, but it’s not what I meant

That’s what I said, but it’s not what I meant

Sometimes the words that come out of my mouth don’t exactly match the meaning I had in mind. Pretty often, if I’m honest. When you see a literal, accurate transcription of what someone said, it can be surprising how little sense it makes. Even when it is said by an...