Advancing the Story has helpful advice about conducting phone interviews. Here are two things that are good to keep in mind:
- Control your interview. It’s harder to keep someone on track when you’re talking by phone than in person since you can’t use body language or facial expressions to send signals. If he or she starts to ramble, you might have to say something like, “That’s good information, but what we’d really like to know is…”
- Don’t talk over the interview. Unless you have to interrupt to redirect the interview, keep your mouth shut. You don’t want to lose a great sound bite because you’re saying, “Really? that’s interesting.”
Head over to Advancing the Story for more tips.