At the center of every great projectwhether Google Maps a podcast or Nashvillelies a conversation. Just ask Daniel Graf Connie Britton and Marc Maron…
Conversation will always be a key to sprouting creativity. We need fellow human beings to help us develop our creative seeds. We always get our best ideas and creative juices from interacting with fellow human beings. They also remind us about the markeplace of products, services and ideas that are out there–keep us from being blind sided. We all have biases and blinders. It’s human nature.
I particularly like Marc Maron’s quote: “I don’t make a list of questions. Ever. I think a lot of my interviews are driven by my need to feel connection. You listen and when you hear intonations, you hear feelings. It’s just feeling where there’s something more, getting them to a place that they’re not usually.”
This is how I like to interview too. Unlike Marc, I do write down the questions since my client is paying me to get information so I need to stay on track.
Like Marc, I feel that imperative to feel and listen for intonations, and to connect with the other person and forget about myself.
I believe that a major part of interview preparation is getting in the zone to be receptive to what the other person will be willing to share in a conversation. I have learned that “how you are” is more important than all that thorough business preparation of getting the questions all organized in the ‘right’ order. We need to be flexible in our approach while interviewing, since it’s all about the other person, not me.
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