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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

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5 Things Oprah Taught Me about How to Give a Good Interview.

November 3rd, 2015

Episode 159 of 397 episodes

One of the biggest thrills in my professional life was being interviewed by Oprah herself, for her amazing Super Soul Sunday series. Yowza! The interview airs on November 8, at 7 p.m EST/PT on OWN (find your station here.) Please watch. I’ll be live-tweeting while it airs. Doing the interview was exciting on many levels, but among other things, I learned a lot about the interview process. Oprah is the master, and it’s always a rare privilege to learn from a true master. 1. Oprah was extremely prepared and referred to my work several times. This is an obvious point for an interviewer, but still it was a good reminder of how important that is, to the interviewee. 2.She really listened — it felt like a real conversation, a real exchange. I know from experience that when doing an interview, it’s all too easy to refer to a list of questions, and to move to the next question no matter how someone answers. 3.She talked herself. There’s a tricky balance for interviewers — you don’t want to talk too much yourself, but perhaps counter-intuitively, if you talk too little, an interview can fall flat. 4.She made me feel like I surprised and intrigued her. When I’m ...

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