interviews and mind maps

Off today to London to interview Andrew Comben, the new Chief Executive of the Brighton Festival for On Track magazine. He hasn’t yet started the job, and is still working in the Wigmore Hall. I had to zoom up to the smoke. Quite nice to lurk in the west end and rubberneck at, for example, a young woman preaching in the street at Oxford Circus, looking like some office executive who’d taken an odd turn in life.

I haven’t done a formal interview for a while, so I made sure I was well prepared. I read up what could be found about him on the Internet (which makes you feel a bit of a stalker) and made mind maps to work out the question areas. This means, should your swinish recorder gives up the ghost on the train journey into London, you can actually scrawl your notes directly onto your mind maps too without looking like too much of a chump.

It’s always best to actually meet people face to face too. So many people give interviews over the phone, but nothing beats being able to see the whites of their eyes, and get an instant sense of the person you are talking to. Andrew, it turned out was a really nice guy, and very easy to interview.

I also took some photos of him, but he (wisely) declined to do the rather bizarre shot I wanted of him popping out from behind a curtain. But you gotta ask.

Below Andrew Comben.