Interviewing someone for a news story, video, or podcast can be extremely stressful.

As an interviewer, part of your job – after you conducted your research – is knowing how to ask the right questions to get your source talking, while keeping them comfortable.

To do that, an interviewer needs to understand how to listen well. The trick is listening in a way that gets your subject talking and sharing. 

Before you jot down your notes or hit record on the conversation with your source, use these 10 listening tricks to get the most out of your interview.


  1. Make eye contact. 
  2. Be conversational. 
  3. Listen for what isn’t being said. 

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