On Monday I spent seven hours with eleven people who had enrolled in a Masterclass in Interviewing that I gave as part of a series of Masterclasses organised by The Monthly magazine.
They were an extremely interesting group of people – researchers, writers, a journalist, filmmakers, a retired public servant, a museum curator and several CEOs – with very different experiences of interviewing in a range of situations.
It was a marvelous day and I certainly learned a lot. And it was great to put into words some of the things that I had learned to do instinctively in more than twenty-five years of interviewing people. It reminded me though, of just how hard teaching can be, if you really want to make sure the whole group is getting what they came for.
We analysed lots of interviews including this one of Meg Ryan by Michael Parkinson. Often thought of as an example of a difficult interviewee, we agreed this train crash interview was the fault of Mr. P. Starting from the moment he shrilly claims his seat…what do you think?