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    Conversation Starters: The Art of the Interview with Lauren and Simon

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    Learn how to conduct great interviews and have more meaningful conversations. This workshop teaches you to listen actively, build rapport, and ask insightful questions. Perfect for broadcasters, podcasters, journalists, and anyone who wants to communicate better.

    What will we cover?

    In this class you will:

    • Learn research strategies, question formulation, and how to tailor interviews to your audience.
    • Develop techniques for building rapport, active listening, and handling unexpected answers.
    • Understand how to structure questions to shape compelling stories.
    • Experience a mix of theory, practice activities, and discussion.
    • Come away with new techniques you can apply right away.

    What should I bring?

    Paper and pens will be provided, but otherwise please bring your preferred writing method like a notebook, journal or tablet. Come ready to engage, listen actively, and participate in practical exercises.


    • Wheelchair Accessible Venue
    • Gender Neutral Bathrooms
    • Quiet Spaces
    • Free Tickets for First Nation Attendees
    • Auslan Interpreted Upon Request 

      Who will be teaching? 

      Lauren Taylor & Simon Winkler are hosts of Triple R’s Thursday drive show ‘Breaking and Entering’, playing new music releases and artist interviews for over sixteen years. They are broadcasters, facilitators and media makers with experience in organisations such as Triple R, Wheeler Centre, SBS Radio, and ABC.

      As interviewers they’ve been involved in events such as Melbourne Writers Festival, M Pavilion, Melbourne International Film Festival, Changes Festival, Vivid Live, Sugar Mountain Festival, Red Bull Music Festival and Melbourne Music Week. As DJs they've performed at events including Meredith, Golden Plains, Sugar Mountain, Laneway, Big Day Out, Falls Festival amongst others.

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