Interviewing someone on video or audio for our library? Be sure keep these tips in mind.

Talking Points:

  • Be sure to write up the topic ahead of time on a studio doc and share it with the studio guests. Feel free to write extra notes on the doc if it helps.
  • Start with the opener: “Today’s topic is for… (who it’s for + a short hook to say why it’s important or what it’s about).” Keep you hook under 30 seconds.
  • Then the introduction: “I’m here with… (guest names).” Be ready with a great icebreaker question to engage your guests.
  • It’s your job to make your guests comfortable and create simple transitions between talking points. Practice this until you get good at it.   
  • If you need to redo a segment or take a break between segments, remember to make it easy for our video editors. If the camera was last on your guest, you need to start the new segment (or vice-versa).
  • Try to keep the interview between 5 and 8 minutes long. End the topic with something like, “That’s all for this topic. Now use the discussion questions below to talk about it with a group or mentor.” 

See Also: Partners

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Talk about what makes a good hook in a video interview. Practice it for the topic titled “How to save your marriage from gluttony.”
  3. Practice the introduction of two guests (Joe and Mary). What’s your icebreaker question?
  4. How can you tell if someone is comfortable in an interview? Make a list.
  5. Practice ending the video interview from question 2. 
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.