First published on this website in April 2004 and last updated in April 2020
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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.
Sort out the practical details
positions on the dais,
Relax those taking part
both parties need to behave naturally so put the interviewee at ease.
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.
Keep each contribution short
it's a conversation,
one long answer ruins the dynamic
Speak to each other - and not to the audience
so always face each other and speak to each other,
then others can eavesdrop.
Here is the link to this item: TN16 - Interviews in church services.pdf
These notes have been updated in April 2020 with minor alterations to the text.