60 episodes

Interviewing people is an art. The ability to sit across from someone and create a safe, intimate space for them to share with you their feelings, thoughts, and ideas is a powerful skill.

What questions do I ask? How do I make my guest feel comfortable?

In The Art of the Interview, we explore these questions and more, diving deep into the subtle and intricate skill of interviewing through the lens of psychology, science, religion, and other disciplines. Our goal is to become better interviewers, whether we're interviewing the President of the United States or getting coffee with a friend.

The Art Of The Interview William Bowman

    • Education

Interviewing people is an art. The ability to sit across from someone and create a safe, intimate space for them to share with you their feelings, thoughts, and ideas is a powerful skill.

What questions do I ask? How do I make my guest feel comfortable?

In The Art of the Interview, we explore these questions and more, diving deep into the subtle and intricate skill of interviewing through the lens of psychology, science, religion, and other disciplines. Our goal is to become better interviewers, whether we're interviewing the President of the United States or getting coffee with a friend.

    Episode 59 | From The Library | How To Successfully Delegate Your Video and Audio Responsibilities

    Episode 59 | From The Library | How To Successfully Delegate Your Video and Audio Responsibilities

    In this episode, I talk about why you should delegate your tech responsibilities and, if you do, how to go about it. I tell two stories from The Art of the Interview by Lawrence Grobel about times his delegation has gone wrong and talk about what we can learn from it.

    Through this episode, you'll understand why it's important to give away as many of the technical responsibilities you can. You'll also get some on-the-ground tips for what to talk about with your tech crew so that they understand exactly what they need to do and that you're the one in charge.

    • 7 min
    Episode 58 | From The Library | Why You Should Do Research Before Your Interviews | Part 2

    Episode 58 | From The Library | Why You Should Do Research Before Your Interviews | Part 2

    In this episode, I talk more about why research is (for most interviewers) essential to getting the best interview you can. I also read a passage from The Art of the Interview by Lawrence Grobel about how research is essential to knowing the right questions to ask. 

    Through this episode, you'll get some fresh ideas of how to do research on your interviewees no matter the subject you're interviewing them about. You'll also have a solid understanding of why this part of the process is essential to getting the interviews you want.

    • 9 min
    Episode 57 | From The Library | Why You Should Do Research Before Your Interviews

    Episode 57 | From The Library | Why You Should Do Research Before Your Interviews

    In this episode, I talk about why research is (for most interviewers) essential to getting the best interview they can. In it, I read a passage from The Art of the Interview by Lawrence Grobel about his research philosophy. 

    Through this episode, you'll get some fresh ideas of how to do research on your interviewees no matter the subject you're interviewing them about. You'll also have a solid understanding of why this part of the process is essential to getting the interviews you want.

    • 7 min
    Episode 56 | From The Library | How To Be A Better Sports Interviewer

    Episode 56 | From The Library | How To Be A Better Sports Interviewer

    In this episode, I talk about how to be a better sports interviewer. I base my tips off of an anecdote in The Art of the Interview by Lawrence Grobel about ESPN interviewer Roy Firestone. The book makes two important points about Firestone's style:


    He is curious about the entire human, not just their sports ability
    He is positive in his approach to interviewing them

    By listening to this episode, you'll be able to be a more holistic and person-centered sports interviewer. You'll get better sound bytes from the athletes that you interview, plus you'll be able to expand these techniques into other types of interviewing that tend to be less emotion-centered such as business, technology, and news.

    • 8 min
    Episode 54 | Interviewology | How To Hold The Space for Absolutely Anything

    Episode 54 | Interviewology | How To Hold The Space for Absolutely Anything

    This episode explores one of the central interviewing techniques I talk about on this podcast: "holding the space." It answers the questions of:


    What is "holding space" during an interview?
    What does it mean?
    What does it not mean?
    Why is it important?
    How does it fit in with your overall purpose as an interviewer?

    This episode will unpack this somewhat abstract topic of holding the space. By the end of the episode, you'll also be better able to identify your own prejudices and preferences. You'll have some different techniques for not letting them get in the way of being totally present and safe for your interviewee. You'll also understand how to create safety and comfort and make room for anything that comes during the interview, no matter how difficult or how much you disagree with it!

    • 10 min
    Episode 55 | From The Library | Following The Energy and Genuine Curiosity

    Episode 55 | From The Library | Following The Energy and Genuine Curiosity

    In this episode, I take two prompts from The Art Of The Interview by Lawrence Gobel and explore the two subjects of:


    Following the energy
    The importance of having genuine curiosity.

    This episode explores two central techniques of interviewing that are used by one of the best interviewers in the world (as well as yours truly!). By listening to this episode, you'll be able to better know when to stay on-topic and when to let the interview go off the tracks a little bit. You'll also see the importance of genuine curiosity in an interview setting and find inspiration to get curious as an interviewer yet again!

    • 7 min

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