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"How to Interview Users to Uncover Insights", UX Research Expert Steve Portigal

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We are excited to host UX research expert Steve Portigal, who will share his advice on how to interview users to uncover valuable insights. Join us for dinner, an inspiring talk, and great discussions with fellow members.

Interviewing users is undeniably one of the most valuable user research tools. Yet, sometimes we forget that it's a skill we need to learn, because:
• It's based on skills we think we have (talking or even listening)
• It's not taught or reflected on

People tend to 'wing it' rather than develop their skills. Without good interviewing skills, insights may be inaccurate or reveal nothing new, suggest the wrong design or business responses, or miss the crucial nuance that points to opportunities for breakthrough innovation.

This talk will look at how to frame the research problem so it has the most impact on the team and their design. We will explore:
• The importance of rapport-building and listening
• Interviewing techniques
• Different types of questions
• Why you need to have a range of question types
• What type of participants to recruit and how to find them

About Steve Portigal

Steve Portigal

Steve Portigal helps companies to think and act strategically when innovating with user insights and to unlock their team's research super powers. He is principal of Portigal Consulting ( and author of Interviewing Users: How To Uncover Compelling Insights ( Steve also hosts the Dollars to Donuts podcast (

You can find Steve on Twitter at @steveportigal (

Raffle Prizes
After Steve's talk, our sponsor UserTesting will be giving away t-shirts and copies of his book Interviewing Users: How To Uncover Compelling Insights ( Our sponsor UserVoice will be giving away an AppleTV!

Meetup Agenda

6:00 to 6:30: Check-in, dinner, and networking
6:30 to 7:30: Steve Portigal's talk
7:30 to 8:30: Raffle prizes followed by networking

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