Thursday, January 19, 2006

The Secrets Of Interviewing Powerful Men: Families And Sports

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Fox News Channel anchor Laurie Dhue is used to asking top newsmakers tough questions, but she says what you ask them off-camera is just as important.

Dhue, who is currently a correspondent on Geraldo At Large, says she relies on small talk before the interview in order to relax a politico like Henry Kissinger or former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

As she puts it, “They love talking about sports or families. Especially Kissinger. You mention the Yankees and he gets a twinkle in his eye.”

Of course, that twinkle may be for another reason. Dhue admits that “men love attractive, smart women” so it’s not uncommon for a politician or celebrity to flirt before and after the interview.

But while questions about families or sports put the rich and powerful at ease, Dhue says asking, “When are you being indicted?” is a sure conversation killer.

Geraldo At Large airs five nights a week in syndication.

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