As creator of ABC TV’s You Can’t Ask That and Hello Stranger, it’s Kirk Docker’s job to ask the hard questions. In this lecture, Kirk interrogates the art of questioning and takes a look at what makes a good interview — is it in the preparation, the location or the rapport building and how do you ask people things that are uncomfortable or personal? Not every interaction requires interview techniques, but Kirk will talk about the benefits of occasionally applying these principals to your own life.

Kirk Docker (Australian)

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Kirk Docker is a producer and show creator as well as the ‘Vox Pop King’, having interviewed thousands of people over a decade working in broadcast media. He created the iconic ‘black backdrop’ vox pop series for Andrew Denton’s Hungry Beast and more recently is the co-creator ABC’s You Can’t Ask That and Hello Stranger. He works with a deep curiosity, compassion and playfulness to facilitate honesty from his interviewees, most of whom have never been interviewed before.

Juanita Ruys (Australian)

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Juanita Feros Ruys is the director of the University of Sydney Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She is a senior research fellow in the Medieval and Early Modern Centre and the author of Demons in the Middle Ages.