This is my story: A guide for doing interviews

by admin on April 19, 2012


I was sitting in my dentist’s chair waiting for the next procedure and passed the time with the young woman who was my hygienist.

I asked her about her life and she asked about mine. When I told her that I was developing a business focusing on audio and video interviews and placing it on a website, she immediately expressed interest.

I asked why she wanted to be interviewed. She explained that photographs and home videos were documentation for her parent’s world and the Internet was documentation for hers.

Having your own website takes you to a special status way beyond a Facebook page.

She thought it would be interesting and meaningful to use the audio interview, photographs and website as a milepost she could return to in later years. She envisioned returning to it to update her progress through life.

She thought it would clarify her positions on life for her family and friends.

She thought it would be helpful to her future children as they became of age.

Is this a remarkable woman?

Is this a remarkable young woman? Not really.  She simply wanted validation in life.  A website that tells her story provides a marker that says that she is here, she is someone of worth.

She can trust me to tell her story:

If I was speaking to a young woman (or anyone) I would say the following; I spent a lifetime in government public affairs speaking to the media and doing TV and radio shows so I’m trustworthy. I have two young daughters. I understand that life is complex and difficult. I also understand that few know who you are and how you feel about life.

I can guide you through the process of doing an audio or video interview (although audio is probably easier) and present your thoughts and beliefs in a thoughtful and respectful way.

We do not have to make the interview public. I can send it to you as a keepsake; something to review in later years and something to pass on to others down the road.

If you have questions, call or e-mail me. There will be no pressure; I’m only interested in respectfully telling your story.

I want this to be a fun and fulfilling experience.

No, I don’t want to do it if you want to express anger or accusations. You will regret that in the future.

But if you want to express your dreams and passions and hopes for the future, we should do an interview.

Do I expect a lot of younger people to do this?

Do I expect a lot of young people to engage in interviews or website creation? No, I do not.

But it seems to me that we all need markers and milestones in life.

Wouldn’t it be interesting to return to myself as a 20 or 30 year old and reconnect with my fears and desires and dreams for the future? I bet my kids would get a kick out of it.

Maybe it would teach me something about myself.

Best, Len.


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