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Myke Bartlett: Asking the right questions

Session Info:

  • How to conduct a good interview
  • The importance of research
  • How to build a rapport with your subject

I’ve worked as a journalist (in print and on radio) for more than a decade. In that time, I’ve interviewed rock stars, film directors, politicians and suburban mothers (among many others). This session looks at how best to prepare for an interview with somebody you have never met, from investigating their past, to dealing with nerves, to constructing a narrative while having a conversation. Students will be shown examples of good (and bad) interviews and asked to consider who they might like to interview and the sort of questions they would ask.


  • What makes a good interview?
  • What sort of preparation is required?
  • How to make friends within thirty seconds.
  • How can we tell a story through conversation?
  • The importance of listening.
  • How to deal with a difficult interviewee.
  • Asking the difficult questions.

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