Over at Poynter, Chip Scanlan, who is always worth a read, offers readers 8 tips for becoming a better interviewer. There’s little new ground being covered here, but it’s a worthwhile review. Particularly, Scanlan takes tried-and-true axioms, like doing your research before an interview, and make them concrete through interesting nuggets like this anecdote:
A. J. Liebling, a legendary writer for The New Yorker, landed an interview with notoriously tight-lipped jockey Willie Shoemaker. He opened with a single question: Why do you ride with one stirrup higher than the other? Impressed by Liebling’s knowledge, Shoemaker opened up.