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Public Speaking: Experts

Interviewing an Expert

Finding Someone to Interview

  • Find local experts
  • Find scholars who study your topic
  • Network (family, friends, instructors, etc.)

Contacting the Expert

  • Call or email. Politely inform the person that you're a college student doing research for a presentation, project or paper, and that you hope they might have a few minutes to talk with you about your topic. Have your calendar on hand as you set up your appointment. Now is a good time to ask if they'll mind if you bring a recording device along.

Before the Interview

  • Prepare a few questions. You might start with their name (including spelling) and position title. Have a few focused, open ended questions.

Conducting the Interview

  • Strive to have a conversation. People like to talk about what they know, but don't appreciate getting drilled. 

After the Interview

  • Thank your interviewee, and ask if you may contact them again if you have any further questions.
     
  • Write down what you learned and flesh out your notes as soon as you can.
     
  • Send a thank you card or email.

Content borrowed from: Windwarth Community College Public Speaking Libguide

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