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3 Tips after Oprah’s View from the Top at Stanford B-School

Oprah Winfrey, Stanford B-School Tumblr

Oprah Winfrey, Stanford B-School Tumblr

Oprah Winfrey made her way to the Stanford Business School to share her opinions on career, leadership and life. The student-led, one-hour interview highlighted key moments from the media mogul’s career.

Biz owners can glean insight from the interview in addition to the knowledge that Oprah drops by watching the student interviewer and participants. They were prepared for the chance to ask Ms. O a question, often causing Winfrey to pause and remark at how thought-provoking they were. As professionals, you may have the chance to ask one big question. Make it memorable.

“…that is such a complex, beautiful question and the fact that you are even asking it thrills me … of course that’s what would happen here at Stanford.” Oprah Winfrey

Here are three quick takeaways:

  1. Do your homework. Watch past interviews and research your subject. Amanda, the student interviewer, began the set by referring to comments by Oprah.
  2. Be clear and concise. The prepared question may even stump the interviewee, but it can also lead them to offer insight into other areas.
  3. Relax. Be in the moment and enjoy the experience.
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