Friday, September 06, 2013

The False Laugh and the Echoed Emotion: From a Thinker about Interviewing I Admire

Who's Got the Last Laugh Now?
Who's Got the Last Laugh Now? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Funny Chocolate Joke on Black Chalk Board
Funny Chocolate Joke on Black Chalk Board (Photo credit:
From this The Center of the Onion is What You Want

 I try to do everything else that I can to make sources feel comfortable enough to talk with me. That doesn’t mean that I don’t ask questions. It means I ask lots of questions. But what I mainly try to do is to be a great audience. I egg them on; I nod; I look straight into their eyes; I laugh at their jokes, whether I think they’re funny or not; I get serious when they’re serious. I kind of echo whatever emotion they seem to be sending to me. I do whatever it takes to get them talking.
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Anonymous said...

This takes some doing, but if you can bring off a fart, a titter and a blushing apology really close together, it does wonders for loosening the subject up for the hard questions later on. Your own work with Garrison Keillor was proof enough.

....J.Michael Robertson said...

Dark Prince, I hear your footsteps.