Dean Nelson gets even the haters to talk

September 8, 2017 11:00

By Robert Way, RTDNA News

“Everyone you talk to did not factor you into their day,” Dean Nelson reminded a group of journalists at Excellence in Journalism 2017.

The founder and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University focused his hour-long session on how to “craft and conduct interviews that will get even the haters to talk.” Nelson started by addressing what he calls the myths about “good interviewers.”

“You have to be an extrovert” or “you either have it or you don’t” are “not true,” he said.

Nelson later shared tips for conducting a successful interview. He said asking questions starting with “how or why” instead of “when or what” will illicit a more authentic response from an interviewee.

He wrapped up his session by sharing the three final questions he always asks: Can you spell your name? Is there anything I should have asked you that I didn’t? And can I contact you for clarification?

Nelson stressed the importance of preparation, saying it’s the one thing all great interviewers have in common.