Interviewing

Peggy and Jack

Few people make the time or have the time to chronicle their experiences. Further, capturing a conversation or a story can depend on a comfortable environment, some guidance, the receptivity of an interviewee, the sensitivity of an interviewer, and even the recording technologies that will best preserve and conversations. At times, it’s a plunge for all.

Interviewing is both first step and heart to creating your personal history. It establishes and refines goals. It may break down resistance to self-promotion. It may devote thought to neglected topics.  It may uncover missing links or questions that need follow-up or clarification. It sets a mood. It builds trust. It establishes momentum, and as a sample of its simple power, it can encourage the participation of friends and family who may add to the richness of all final accounts.

Hourglass schedules and conducts interviews in quiet, neutral sites where interruptions can be minimized and where an interviewee will be most comfortable, typically within his/her home or at an offsite location close to home. Recording equipment is provided by Hourglass

A simple pre-interview questionnaire to establish goals and organizational tips may be offered up for completion by the interviewee. This is logically followed by phone discussions, face-to-face meetings, and ultimately a proposal for any work product and output that a client is considering. This phase is simply about building trust and some level of comfort; it may take days or even years to tackle a story.

Depending upon the time, energy, and scope of work variables of any project, interviews can be scheduled in hourly increments, or in blocks of convenient intervals (for example, two and one half hour sessions in the morning, afternoon, or evening).

Typically, interviewees (or their families) will ask for a raw, unedited record or an edited record of all conversations.  The delivered output can include a transcribed hard copy document or book, a digital file of the document, or an audio CD of unedited or edited conversations.

If the interviews are filmed, subjects frequently request an edited DVD of sound and video for all sessions.

Whatever the final output of an interviewing project (transcript, CD, DVD, Book, eBook), content is digital and scalable over time.  Histories can be updated and accessed more simply than before.