Q & A with Ken Coleman
Ken Coleman, social commentator, discusses the key interviews of his career and his book One Question.
BY: Angela Guzman
In One Question: Life-Changing Answers From Today’s Leading Voices, social commentator and radio host, Ken Coleman, invites readers to peer over the shoulder of a master interviewer’s conversation with 34 of America’s most notable influencers, including political candidates, business leaders, best-selling authors, and religious newsmakers of our time. Their responses are sure to inspire, motivate, and at times, surprise readers.
Coleman believes that asking the right question can reveal truths that we might not otherwise know, allow us to get to the heart of the matter, and provide transformational answers that we can act on. Coleman, who is the Emcee of the Catalyst Conferences, America’s largest evangelical leadership event, reminds that Jesus was able to instruct and induce change by using questions to reveal truth and transform those in His presence.
So we interviewed the famous interviewer and asked him:
Why did you decide to become a journalist? Did you always want to get into this career path?
I am a communicator and terrifically curious with a driving passion to maximize people and organizations so media is the platform where my sweet spot resides. I knew as a teenager that I had a public call on my life but gravitated towards media in my late twenties.
Is there a specific interest category that appeals to you? (I.e. Sports, International News, etc.)
The legendary Larry King once described himself as a "generalist" and I certainly resonate with that. I read and observe across a broad spectrum because I am interested in how and why things are happening. What interests me most are stories of people making a difference and how high achieving people and organizations tick.
Do you prefer TV, radio or writing as your outlet? Why?
I enjoy all of the mediums because the engagement is different with each but television combines the best of each medium.
What made you decide to write the book One Question?
I wanted to provide a timeless collection of wisdom on the issues that affect us all in the different seasons of life and in doing so, awaken people to the power of curiosity.
What do you want your readers to get out of the book One Question?
I want readers to re-think how and why they ask questions and more importantly to parent and lead in such a way that promotes a life of continual questioning.
Who would you say were your favorite “Top 5” interviews you’ve ever conducted and why?
Coach K Duke Univ. Basketball Coach - Masterful leader and even better person.
Malcolm Gladwell - One of the great thinkers of our time and delightfully humble.
Katie Davis - The most selfless and courageous person I’ve ever met.
Josh Hamilton - Incredible story and the most fun in an interview I’ve ever had.
Dick Vitale - I just love Dick's passion for life, I was bouncing off the ceiling with him.
What interviewee would you say you learned the most from?
Duke Universities “Coach K” – Mike Krzyzewski
The biggest inspirational interviewee?
Katie Davis – founder of the non-profit organization called Amazima Ministries International. She started a feeding program to the community, nourishing over 1,200 children Monday through Friday. The organization seeks to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the people of Uganda who need it most. Still in her twenties, she is the adoptive mother to 13 girls in Uganda.
What interviewee had you star struck because you were such a fan?
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