The challenge in the interviewing process is to remain open and not make large assumptions about any subjects. In my preparation I have observed the techniques of some brilliant interviewers. One that has been an individual that I have admired for years is Terry Gross, the NPR Fresh Air program host. She consistently manages to draw out such crucial and valuable information from her various guests.
As a child growing up in New York City I believed that I was, in small part, a product of talk radio. Each morning was filled with a combination of talk radio and top song parade stations. I was well aware of the happenings during those times. That accounted for some of my early educational experiences. All members of my family were interested in current events and we actively discussed the topics of the day. The practice of listening to talk radio was a part of our lives. I remember insisting on playing talk radio shows as I went to sleep in my teenaged years. I relished the exploration of topics of the day.
Now as I formulate additional questions, I hope to be as gracious as the interviewers that I admired in my youth. The Professor that was receptive to my interview responded in a very prompt manner but he ultimately bowed out of the process. I was very disappointed because I gave him a good amount of time to complete the questions and he responded on the day that he promised to complete the questions.
I have contacted two other individuals that may be able to help me at this late stage. I intend to hear form them this evening and receive my responses within the next day. I do think that the controversy that is attached to the practice of crowdsourcing may have changed the mind of my initial candidates.
I have formulated two news sets of questions and I am eager to find out the thoughts of a seasoned design professional and longtime design instructor as well as the thoughts of a former student that is heavily involved in participating in crowdsourcing competitions in logo design.
In my closing comments I would like to return to the well-known interviewer, Terry Gross. She is doing something very well because she has 4.5 million listeners daily. Gross states, “I’ve always been really curious about things and slightly confused by the world, and I think someone who feels that way is in a good position to be the one asking questions.” I do believe that it is my curiosity that is driving my feelings of anticipation about the series of questions that I composed. It is curiosity that has me anxious to receive the final responses.
Gross, Terry, Brainy Quotes, Web 19 February.