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First published on this website in April 2004 and last updated in April 2020

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Categories: Communication

Synopsis

A public interview in a church service or other forum is a powerful means of communication. But churches rarely do them well. Here is advice for whoever is doing the interviewing.

  1. Sort out the practical details
    radio mics,
    positions on the dais,
    seating, etc.
  2. Relax those taking part
    both parties need to behave naturally so put the interviewee at ease.
  3. Never script the interview in advance
    scary but essential,
    have the main questions worked out in advance,
    but it needs to be a natural conversation.
  4. Keep each contribution short
    it's a conversation,
    one long answer ruins the dynamic
  5. Speak to each other - and not to the audience
    so always face each other and speak to each other,
    then others can eavesdrop.

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Author's notes

These notes have been updated in April 2020 with minor alterations to the text.