|So happy I don't have to worry about you anymore|
Recording my recent interviews via iPhone revealed one unavoidable truth: I probably make my interview subjects feel very uncomfortable.
as I attempted to write down every single word of the interview I was already recording anyway. I left my interviews with pages and pages of sloppy, handwritten notes. If I'm going to make a serious go of this whole writing thing, I figure I need to step up my interview game in a big way.
Why? I want my interviewees to feel comfortable sharing their truth with me. I hope to build long lasting relationships as a result of my interviews. I need to get stellar quotes and killer content that distinguishes me as a fabulous writer.
Here's my game plan going forward:
- Do a soundcheck to make sure I can clearly hear my interviewee on the recorder before starting the conversation
- Create a detailed list of questions on my notepad and check them off as I ask them
- Take one word notes during the interview of memorable quotes to guide the writing/editing process afterwards
- Upload interviews to soundcloud, external hard drive or similar service after interview just in case anything happens to my phone before I submit my article (heaven forbid)
- In the car immediately after the interview, try to outline the important parts of the conversation (procrastinator I am, I doubt this will happen)
- Continue to listen to all transcripts and find ways to make my interviews feel more like a conversation
This seemed like a great idea for a blog post initially. Now that I'm reading it, it seems pretty basic but I'm still going to keep it. Surely I can't be the only one that has a long way to go in my interview process.
Do you have any tricks of the trade to share? Do tell!