Being Interviewed & Answering Questions

All of our modules use interactive techniques that bring the client into a direct involvement with the developing skill sets. The module “guide” offers overview and helps to set goals, but it primarily encourages “hands on” participation. These techniques become part of a natural evolution of the learning experience. We use progressive video-taping with immediate feedback and critique, and client’s self- analysis on all modules.  While we offer specific goals for each session, people all advance at their own pace. Some of the modules below require several sessions.  We offer many opportunities for out-of-session learning and feedback on an as-needed basis as well.  Our ultimate objective is to help you become a better communicator who is prepared to deliver his/her message to audiences with precision, confidence and skill.

Many interviews will be pre-arranged for television. But many are not.  Even though you may have some idea which questions will be asked for either television or print, you will still have to respond in a relaxed, extemporaneous fashion without the benefit of knowing exactly HOW a question will be asked.  This module provides training in how to respond to the various techniques used by different interviewers in both mediums.

  • The simple expository Q and A
  • I’m attacking your position
  • I’m bored by you and your responses
  • Why are you here, anyway?
  • Full force combative interview
  • The “gotcha” pose

Training also encompasses defining a series of probable questions that will be asked and surveys a range of responses.

  • Most likely questions
  • What outcome do you desire for that question?
  • Are your key points included in your responses?
  • The interviewer has an agenda, what is it?
  • How to know when to fight back, and how
  • The use of silence, and pauses to off-set an attack
  • How to create empathy
  • Destroying sarcasm, and negative questions
  • Use of stories and examples to create empathy
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