NME is less than two weeks away!
My iRiver is all polished and ready to go... my Giant Squid is up and running... and I've devised a good system of attaching the lapel mics to the lavaliere and the iRiver to the waistband so that I can interview at the push of a button, on the spot, ready to go! Sure, I look a bit like a Cylon, with wires coming off me at all times, but I'm a podcaster. This is how we live!
As I put together the session on Killer Interviews: How to Get the Most from your Guests, I'm discovering I have too much information to cover, and I'm aiming to simplify. So I'd like some feedback on the types of things you consider most important. Join the discussion at the forum or answer here: what would you most like to hear about in a session on interviews? Folks have already given input that they'd like to hear more about techniques for conducting on-the-spot interviews with zero prep time rather than more about how to prep for planned interviews.
So, to be (semi-)methodical about it, here are the topics to cover. How would you rate them, 1-8, with 1 being the most important (must cover) and 8 being least important (meh; if there's time).
- Pitching an interviewee via email
- Before the interview: research and creating questions
- Prepping the interviewee
- Going with the flow: ad-libbing and flubs
- Technical stuff: Skype, equipment, double-enders, headphones, etc.
- How to prep for on-the-spot interviews
- Pitching the on-the-spot interview
- Technical stuff: portable rigs for on-the-spot recording
Feedback is most appreciated! I don't think anyone wants this thing to be three hours long!