I'll keep this short. Suffice to say that transcribing fieldwork interviews offers an excellent professional development opportunity in addition to reflecting on content. Listening to myself asking painfully long-winded, multiple clause questions complete with sub-questions and asides has considerably improved my interview technique! Notes to self:
- everyone benefits if the question word (how, what, why, when) is introduced early on;
- don't be greedy - ask a maximum of one question at a time. The point of follow-on questions is that they follow on;
- cut the clauses! Otherwise you both forget how the question started out.
That's all folks!