Building Rapport During a Video or Audio Interview

Building rapport with your interview subject is vital. You want the subject to feel comfortable in the environment amongst crew they have never met before.  In essence, you’re building trust right off the bat.  A comfortable engaging subject will only create a stronger interview.  In this course, communication specialist, Amy DeLouise and I will walk you through the important tactics to use before  the interview.  Think of this as best practices for a on-camera interview.

During the Interview: Building Rapport

To learn more, I've created a new course with communication specialist Amy DeLouise called Art of the Interviews for

There is a real art to conducting an on-camera interview.  Doing research and prep work ahead of time is huge. Join me and communication specialist Amy DeLouise as we team up to show you how the pros prepare for, organize, and conduct great video interviews. Learn about performing background research before you "set foot on set," positioning the subject in front of the camera, building trust, avoiding common mistakes in questioning, capturing secondary audio for use in a podcast, and much more. Amy brings years of interviewing expertise to this important subject, while I offer tips that will help make editing easier and reduce the amount of money spent in post-production.

Topics in this course include:

  • Planning interview goals
  • Anticipating interviewee's answers
  • Conducting background research
  • Scheduling interviews
  • Building rapport
  • Teasing out supporting points
  • Getting transcripts
  • Avoiding obstacles with challenging interview subjects

You can check out the class here -