Updated: Jan 13, 2020
I have two interviews set up in November and I'm freaking out. I want to do a good job on the interviews and even though I'm pretty good at talking to people generally, I know that's a hell of a lot different than actually interviewing people with headphones and into mics. So I reached out to a couple of really close friends to see if they would practice with me. The surprising thing was that most of them didn't like the idea of being interviewed. These are the same woman that I have talked to for many hours about the most intimate and private parts of our lives. But apparently, it makes people nervous to share their intimate thoughts and feelings on a recorded device. Even my husband didn't want to do it. I had to remind him that he is obligated to me as I gave him two children so he has to do anything I ask him! He agreed. I promised him I'd delete the session after we do the interview (which I did...right in front of him). He is so private that the last thing he wants to do is be recorded talking about his personal life.
I started talking to a few other people about it, like my coworkers, and a few volunteered to come to my house and do practice interviews. Yay! So this weekend I'm interviewing two colleagues about something deep and dark...or maybe I'll keep it light, who knows. I just want to figure out how to be natural on a recording device and interview someone in a way that makes them comfortable and open to sharing things that they wouldn't normally talk about. That's the interesting stuff. The stuff that really connects with all of us. Wish me luck!