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Last week I conducted my first two pilot interviews. I was testing my questions and  my equipment as well as my ability as an interviewer. I am recording onto my iPhone and using a digital dictaphone as backup. This worked perfectly for the first interview but I failed to do something at the second interview and had only the copy from the dictaphone.

I’ve yet to start transcribing these but I did listen to one again during a run yesterday. Once I got over the initial shock of hearing my own voice I found this a good use of time. As well as familiarising myself with what was said ahead of the transcription, it gave me an opportunity to critique my interviewing technique. I definitely say ‘um’ too much, though this was the first time I’d asked the question so was rephrasing things on the fly. I’m no Melvyn Bragg.

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