How Come They’re So Smart (in Interviews and Panel Discussions)

I was always wondering – how come the guests on the interviews / in panel discussions are so smart?

Quick to answer even the most challenging questions. Able to add insights. Making connections I would never have thought of. Especially when in front of a large audience or on camera.

And then one day:

I was invited to an interview. Suddenly I was able to answer even the most challenging questions, add insights and make connections.

Spoiler alert: It was not because I got smarter.

I got the questions ahead of time.


Takeaways:

  • Preparation is everything (Winston Churchill even supposedly said “I’m just preparing my impromptu remarks”).
  • If someone looks really smart, maybe it’s not they’re genius, just that they know how to look really smart.
  • When invited for a panel discussion or an interview: Ask for the questions in advance.

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One thought on “How Come They’re So Smart (in Interviews and Panel Discussions)

  1. I am very astonished. As far as I’ Experienced it, that is not the way it is usually done. For TV shows for example the scope of questions and your take on a problem are discussed beforehand. Not the questions themselves.
    I would also not advise to prepare in such a manner. Extra questions might throw some (not you off). I actually got some clients because that happened to them.
    Warmest
    Friederike

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