When staging an interview, there are obstacles for both the interviewer and interviewee. Here are a few tricks that can make your interview shine.

Problem: The subject uses lots of jargon, is hard to follow, or gives lifeless, canned answers.

Solution: Reset the conversation.

There’s a stellar trick NPR reporters use when interviewing experts. If the subject veers off track from the question, or is otherwise unclear, use this line:

Pretend i’m a bright high-schooler who has trouble paying attention.

This really works to encourage clarity, which helps them stay present in the discussion.

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