"The key point (of a great conversation) was empathy because everybody in their lives is really waiting for people to ask them questions so that they can be truthful about who they are and how they became what they are.”
This is what I feel the highlight of Marc Pachter’s talk on TED, in which he speaks about the art of the interview.
In a world that is already overflowed by the enormous sense of arrogance and self-righteousness, it is a breath of fresh air to hear someone talking about how to become an empathetic listener. Perhaps, we all have something to learn here.
By the way, TED.com is really great resource site where it hosts a large collection of world’s thought leaders speaking about a diverse array of topics . All the videos are free to watch and share. I am actually downloading those everyday to my portable media player and watch them while I am on the road. Don’t worry. I do take extra caution when driving, but sometimes slow traffic really just gets to me so I figured I might as well be multi-threading a little bit here, : ) If you are interested in finding out the secrets of conducting a speech or a presentation that engages and penetrates the audience with a remarkable touch of elegance, or if you are simply interested in knowing about different hot political/scientific/artistic/educational/environmental issues around the world, I encourage you to check out TED.com.