I hope you have had the opportunity of chatting with a stranger on a train or a plane. And instead of dreading being packed knee to knee with that person, that person was fascinating and you learned something from them. Or they learned something from you.
Those types of meetings are amazing because you didn’t know what was about to happen or what you were going to talk about but suddenly you discover this point of connection that is just so fresh and vital.
There are loads of interview shows and podcasts that are predicated on the idea that there are fascinating/funny/noteworthy people that we should hear about.
Now I want to hear about the way authors might have succeeded in getting their book out there, or I might want to know about one scientist explains how epigenetics plays out in our health and mental outlook.
There are loads of things I am interested in learning about. But most of these interviews are totally canned. They took a once surprising and wonderful conversation or discovery and tries to recreate it.
And then you end up with this formula…
“Hey, welcome to Interview Show X where we interview this type of person to talk about this type of thing. Today we are talking to Amazing Person Jones who has done some amazing things.”
“Hey, thanks host of Interview Show X. Glad to be here. Thanks for saying I have done such amazing things.”
“Hey, you are welcome. Your amazing thing is amazing. Why don’t you tell us your story and a bit about your amazing thing?”
“Sure. Well, here is this well rehearsed story I have about the way this thing began and played out. What do you think about that?”
“I think that is either amazing, inspirational, thought provoking or amazing. Tell me more”
Snooze. Even if I am interested.
So I have started a new interview show called the Improvised Insights Interview show.
Here is what happens…
- I find interesting people
- Ask them if I can improvisationally interview them
- Ask twitter for a one word suggestion – anything at all
- Write down the suggestions for when I interview this person
- Get on a Google+ Hangout with this person and give them a one word suggestion.
- Have a conversation that springs from their thoughts and inspirations about that word.
- That interview gets posted as a video on YouTube.
This is a video interview series but honestly there isn’t much to look at. The dialogue is more interesting. The video on the first one only stays on the guest the whole time but you can hear us both just fine. The other ones are fine otherwise.
But the conversations are surprising and where we end up is often far from where we started.
And they are really interesting.
And they are really insightful.
I hope you listen to them and share your thoughts.