Guidelines for Interviews

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Guidelines for users-what to  know and do before the interview

Please do not worry about details during the interview:

Understand that dates and details during the interview are not important. What’s important are your thoughts and perceptions. That is what people are going to remember.

All of us forget details. I grew up in Baltimore City at 138 Montpelier St. in the community of Waverly. But for the sake of the interview, all anyone cares about is the fact that I grew up in Baltimore in the 1950’s.

Want another example of my forgetfulness? I can’t remember my wife’s birthday to save my life, but I know that it’s in early May. Once again, for the sake of the interview, all people are interested in is my relationship with my wife. Listeners don’t care about the details, whey want to know about your feelings and your memories.

Tone of the Interview:

MyLifeAudio is dedicated to a “positive” audio/video and written record of your life. It’s our purpose to make you look and sound good. It’s also our purpose to create an accurate story of the issues you choose to address. We want this to be a fun and fulfilling experience.

Please remember that this is a public recording (even if search engines are blocked) and will be heard by a wide variety of people including children. Please keep your comments appropriate. Now is not the time for family grudges.

Interviews by people under the age of 18:

Interviews of people under the age of 18 will require the written consent of parents or legal guardians.

Before we start recording:

Please note that we will have a 30-60 minute discussion before we start the interview. We will have the time to further develop answers to all the questions and issues below.

We will start off with the date, your formal name, identification of mylifeaudio.com and my name.

How do you want to start the program? What are the issues you want to address up front? This will set the tone for the rest of the interview.

We will record a couple minutes of tape to give you an idea as to how we are going to proceed. I will stop the interview and listen to sound levels and make sure that everything is working well. Then we will start the formal interview. If you have questions, please ask.

The idea is to begin with a framework of your life from the beginning. It doesn’t matter if you never married of if you’re twelve years old celebrating a religious ceremony. What does matter is that you have a precise sense as to what you want to say.  Some example guidelines are below:

Suggested contents of  interviews for life stories (you pick the questions and issues you want to discuss):

I will start with your name, date of birth, where you were born, name of father and mother, where you were raised, names of brothers and sisters. I will offer the names and where you were born and raised. All you have to do is clarify or correct me if I get it wrong or mispronounce a name.

Ancestry (does ancestry have an impact on your life?)

What role did religion play in your life?

Tell me about your days as a child. What schools did you go to?  What were the most important influences in your child or educational life?

What were the most important memories growing up?

What did you do for fun?

What were the events or people who shaped your life?

What were the best times for you and your family? What were the worst?

Do you see life as endless possibilities or limitations? Why?

There are people you trusted. Why?

What’s the biggest mistake you ever made?

Why did you turn out the way you did? What changes would you make?

What college or professional schools did you go to?

Military service or contributions to your community.

How did you meet your spouse?

What was the courtship like?

When and where were you married?

Names of kids. I will name them and you will add comments.

Names of grandchildren. I will name them and you will add comments.

What were your primary concerns about raising children?

What were the primary challenges of raising kids?

What were the primary joys of raising kids?

Status of kids today. I will provide the status and you will provide comments.

Who are/were your best friends?

Employment history. What were the most significant aspects of your employment history? I will summarize and you will provide comments.

How did local/state or world events factor into your life?

Did you travel throughout the United States or the world?

What are your hobbies?

What are the 10 most important things you want to say?

What were the ten most important life events?

What were the five most important things/events/people that shaped your life?

Do you have a primary philosophy of life?

What have you learned from life?

Suggested contents of  interviews with younger participants (you pick the questions and issues you want to discuss):

Start off with your name, date of birth, where you were born, name of your mother and father and names of your brothers and sisters. I will offer the names and where you were born and raised. All you have to do is clarify or correct me if I get it wrong or mispronounce a name.

Ancestry (does ancestry have an impact on your life?)

What role does religion play in your life?

Who are your best friends? I will name them and you will offer comments.

What were the most important memories growing up?

What did you do for fun?

What were the events or people who shaped your life?

What were the best times for you and your family? What were the worst?

Do you see life as endless possibilities or limitations? Why?

There are people you trusted. Why?

What’s the biggest mistake you ever made?

Why did you turn out the way you did? What changes would you make?

Did you travel throughout the United States or the world?

What are your hobbies?

Name of school and what you think of your education.

Your hopes and dreams for the future.

Your event  (if any) and why the event is important to you and your family.

What are the 10 most important things you want to say?

What were the ten most important life events? I will name them and you will offer comments.

What were the five most important things/events/people that shaped your life? I will name them and you will offer comments.

Do you have a primary philosophy of life?

Suggested contents of interviews for events or promotions (you pick the questions and issues you want to discuss):

What do you want to discuss?

What are the 10 most important things you want to say? I will name them and you will offer comments.

What are the benefits to the public?

How does it change or improve lives?

Why do you want to discuss it? What do you want the public to know?

Why is this event or issue important?

How does the event or issue affect the public or your target audience?

What is the history of the event or issue?

Who funded the event  or issue?

When does it begin and when does it end (if applicable)?

What are/were the challenges?

How do you feel about the event or issues?

How does the public or target audience feel about the event or issues?

Contact me at leonardsipes@gmail.com or call toll-free via Google Voice at 410-575-3127.

 

 


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