CHAPTER 11

THE INSPIRED HOST

Entertaining Questions

BEING A TALK-SHOW HOST IS FUN. You meet interesting people. You get to ask them about their work and their lives, probe their past, and ask them to tell stories. You push them and get personal, test their mettle, and find the funny. You can go for the reflective and thoughtful, or you can be tough and demanding, asking why your guest did what she did when she did it. It’s your call because it’s your show. You set the agenda. You own the space.

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But even if you don’t have a show or will never get near a camera, you can be a host who deftly steers conversation, draws in the guests, energizes an audience. You can do it over dinner, at work, in your social life, or with friends. You can set ...

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