• Talk to Me

  • How to Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers, and Interview Anyone like a Pro
  • By: Dean Nelson
  • Narrated by: Michael David Axtell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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By: Dean Nelson
Narrated by: Michael David Axtell
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From respected journalist, professor, and founder of the Writer's Symposium by the Sea, an audiobook that demystifies the art and science of interviewing, in the vein of On Writing Well or How to Read Literature like a Professor.

“Dean Nelson is one of the best interviewers around.” (Anne Lamott)

Interviewing is the single most important way journalists (and doctors, lawyers, social workers, teachers, human resources staff, and really, all of us) get information. Yet to many, the perfect interview feels more like luck than skill - a rare confluence of rapport, topic, and timing. But the thing is, great interviews aren’t the result of serendipity and intuition, but rather the result of careful planning and good journalistic habits. And Dean Nelson is here to show you how to nail the perfect interview every time.

Drawing on 40 years of award-winning journalism and his experience as the founder and host of the Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, Nelson walks listeners through each step of the journey from deciding whom to interview and structuring questions, to the nitty-gritty of how to use a recording device and effective note-taking strategies, to the ethical dilemmas of interviewing people you love (and loathe). He also includes case studies of famous interviews to show listeners how these principles play out in real time.

Chock-full of comprehensive, time-tested, gold-standard advice, Talk to Me is an indispensable guide to the subtle art of the interview guaranteed to afford listeners with the skills and confidence they need the next time they say, “talk to me.”

©2019 Dean Nelson (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Not just for journalist;great for Salespeople also

Even though the primary audience for this book seems best suited for professionals in journalism, I found it to be quite interesting and educational from a salespersons perspective. Application of the techniques, questions, settings, timing, etc will most certainly result in increased competence leading to greater production and or clarity in communication.

This book was quite refreshing, and the stories and examples furthered the importance of preparation, and understanding the person you intend to interview, or pitch, as a salesperson, or any professional who regularly interacts with others. The authors transparency and humor made this an enjoyable, and an easy read.

I would highly recommend this book to any person looking to hone their communication skills, or for the obvious, any person actively involved with interviewing, or who is interviewed on a regular basis.

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Dean the Dream

how to handle narcissists...a primer in what to do when there is a challenging client.

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More than a great primer

I recently began hosting onlline teaching events and interviewing the speakers after the presentation. I realised that I needed to develop my questioning skills after I had done two of these events... and this was the book that I turned to... and I am glad that I did.

It not only helped me to understand the framework for a meaningful conversation, it gave me insight to questioning, relationship building and getting to the meaning of the conversation. It was a great primer for an interview... and so much more!

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Listen and tell better stories.

This is the go-book to learn how to write and tell better stories. it was easy to listen to an captivated my attention while I was learning.

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Great Advice For Anyone Who Speaks

I had the pleasure of being a student of Dr. Nelson. He left a lasting impression—in the best way possible. I read his book preparing to interview SD County Superintendent of the year. You know what, this book provides great advice for anyone who speaks with other humans—even if the conversation is not a formal interview. Thanks Dr. Nelson.

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Ask better questions get better info

good read and info. I just saw him interview Cornell West last month here in San Diego. Amazing interview. reading the book hell me understand the greatness I was lucky enough to bear witness to.

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Touching, insightful, marvellous

1) The narrator is amazing. Changing (not mimicking) voices and underlining moments.

2) Dean Nelson offers his own experience with a sense of purpose and understanding that’s not only enjoyable but also profoundly coherent.

3) Besides, it’s practical. I’ve done over 1000 interviews and until now haven’t listened such a comprehensive and useful approach to interviewing as his.

Unforgettable book.

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A great look at how and why the right questions work. Interviewing people and checking in with people, thoughtfulness and awareness are key. Well narrated in a conversational style that drew me in and taught me through anecdote and broad experience. Thank you