Youíre going to interview people

Most people like talking about themselves, telling stories about
themselves and about what theyíve experienced.
Older people (you know, thirty something and older) who have experienced
alot in their lives, will really enjoy talking.
And once they start, itís going to be difficult to stop them..

1. Think about the questions you want to ask and write them down
before the interview.

2. Make certain you schedule, even with parents.
It will create a more formal and serious atmosphere.

3. Bring pen/cil and paper. You might even want to record a really serious
interview, so bring a tape recorder and cassettes or video recorder.
Make certain to tell people that youíre recording them and /
or taking notes.
Take notes about places, dates, details of stories.
It will help your memory;
it will bring a sense of importance to the event; it will allow to easily
return to interesting points later.

4. If there are questions which pop into you head while the interview is
going on, write it down and wait for the right time to ask.

5. Once they get started, let people talk. 'Interrupting' may be great for
news shows and politicians... but you donít want to do that
with your grandparents.
If they havenít answered a question youíve asked,
let them finish talking and then ask again.

6. Ask whether there are photographs and other momentos.
If there are, youíll really want alot more time!

7. Bring a world atlas (whereís Galveston?)!

8. Bring a smile.


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