How to Interview People the Right Way
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How to Interview People the Right Way

Improve Your Interviewing Skills for Podcasts, Blogs, Journalism, and Academic Research
4.0 (17 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,084 students enrolled
Created by Duncan Koerber
Last updated 8/2016
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  • Access on mobile and TV
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What Will I Learn?
  • Create rapport with your interviewees
  • Ask questions that get them talking
  • Become The Listener, not just the Questioner
  • Gain better insight into people’s lives
  • Write up interviews into appealing blog posts or newspaper and magazine articles
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  • Students do not need any software or other materials to complete the course.

Do you need to interview someone but don’t know where to start? Do you want to create great interviews that attract audiences and listeners? Are you a podcaster, blogger, journalist, or academic researcher looking to improve your interviewing skills?

The interview is a staple of podcasting and journalism today, but it's often badly done. Most interviewers are making key mistakes that are limiting the potential of their interviews. In this course, learn to illuminate a new topic, tell someone's amazing story, and stand out from the millions of interview recordings on the Internet – without ever having to go to journalism school. 

Learn those problems – and how to correct them – in this course taught by an experienced journalist and writing professor. 

The course moves logically through the interview process, including these important topics:

  • Preparation to make sure you are respected as a interviewer
  • Which recording methods to use, as the technological medium can affect you and your interviewee;
  • How to reduce the inevitable nerves that come with doing interviews;
  • The importance of using open-ended questions to get people to open up and tell you fascinating stories; and,
  • How to write up your interviews into blog posts and newspaper or magazine articles that are coherent and interesting to read.

The course also explains the importance of using interview recordings to create an online  following of fans, which is vital for marketing a product or service. 

If you're new to interviewing, the course also provides information on microphones and recording software to get started on interviewing people in-person and online. 

Try a free preview of the lectures. There's also no risk to you, as Udemy provides a 30-day guarantee if you're not satisfied with the course.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is useful for beginning podcasters and bloggers and journalists, but intermediate interviewers may gain tips for polishing skills.
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Curriculum For This Course
Welcome to the Course!
2 Lectures 05:56

An argument why the interview matters and details about the instructor. 

Preview 01:31

An overview of the course. 

Preview 04:25
7 Lectures 20:35

Identify the right people for your purpose. 

Preview 02:08

Tips on who to pick for an interview. 

Who Should You Interview? And How to Find Them

Knock down the inevitable nerves that come with doing an interview. 

Preview 02:20

Just how long you should interview a person to get useful content. 

Interview Length

Understand that the method of recording will affect your interview. 

Preview 03:16

Challenges with create rapport with interviewees while recording in person. 

Methods of Recording In Person

Specific recommendations for recording technology and software. 

Recording Technology and Software For All Purposes
Tips on Asking the Right Questions to Get them Talking
2 Lectures 14:33

Ask this one kind of question and people will talk and talk. 

Types of Questions to Elicit the Best Answers

Do not ask people questions like a robot. Listen. 

The Questioner versus The Listener
Writing up the Interview into a Blog Post or Newspaper/Magazine Article
3 Lectures 14:17

Not all quotations are created equal. And some serve specific purposes. 

Using Quotations Effectively

How to structure a written interview for each purpose. 

Writing Up Interviews

Recognize the importance of coherence in writing up interviews.

How to Make it Flow
Interviews and Marketing
1 Lecture 02:26

Interviews are the "free" content that attracts audiences.

Using Interviews to Create an Online Following
About the Instructor
Duncan Koerber
4.6 Average rating
232 Reviews
4,445 Students
10 Courses
University Professor

Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students.

Oxford University Press recently published his writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (2015). Available on Amazon, the book considers the seven most common errors (interfering factors) in writing and how to improve them (enhancing factors). His second book, Crisis Communication in Canada, is in the revision process for University of Toronto Press.

Currently a full-time assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, Duncan Koerber worked for nearly 10 years in reporting and editing roles for the London Free Press, the Mississauga News, and the University of Toronto Medium. He has freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.

Duncan Koerber has been a successful freelance editor, earning a 95% success rating on Upwork. 

Duncan Koerber has a bachelor of arts degree in English, Professional Writing, and Political Science from the University of Toronto (2001), a master of arts degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario (2003), and a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University (2009).

His academic writing, which focuses on media and journalism history, writing pedagogy, and public relations crisis communication, has been published in the Canadian Journal of Communication, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Journalism History, Media History, Composition Studies, Canadian Journal of Media Studies, and Sport History Review.