- Write down the five main points you want to cover.
- List anecdotes, facts, or jokes that help you make each point effectively.
- Anticipate the questions interviewers are likely to ask and prepare answers that include your main points. It helps to study the host’s prior interviews to find his/her favorite questions and approaches so you’ll know what to expect and how to respond.
- Keep answers and explanations simple. Complex information tends to lose or bore interviewers and audiences.
- Never try to steal the limelight from the host or interviewer. Your job is to make them look good, while getting your main points across.
- Practice by having friends and family pretend they’re the interviewer and question you.
- When you practice, videotape yourself or stand in front of a mirror to observe your performance. Be conscious of your posture, facial expressions and gestures. Ask your interviewer to honestly appraise your performance.
- When friends and family aren’t available to help, interview yourself aloud.
Reprinted from “Rick Frishman‘s Author101 Newsletter”
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