Have you ever listened back to a voice-recording of yourself? Did you ever doubt the way you phrased a sentence, a post or a comment? Words can have all kinds of impacts and effects on people. On those who produce them as well as on their recipients. After quite some interviews, we understood that the same counts for transcribed conversations. A quick reflection on self-consciousness, the power of language and how after all words are just a tool.
1. From the thought comes the word
When we speak, we try to translate the thought in our mind into words. To find the right formulation for a complex thought in our mind is not easy. Unfortunately, we are not always succeeding in finding the right formulation for the thoughts we have. The message is not clear or is in process. With reformulating and looking for the right words, we try to come as near as possible to our thought. The translation from thought to words is difficult. We try to let this process sound natural in the interview. As everybody of us has their unique way to put thoughts into his words.
2. Why do I sound dumb?
Have you ever heard yourself on a voice message? It can be quite confronting. We hear ourselves differently than others hear us. And this is the same thing with the spoken word that has come alive in black letters on a white background. Did I really say that? Probably yes. Spoken language is only a way to make our thoughts be heard. With sending the interview back to the interviewee we give space to overthink if the word you have chosen is coming near to their thoughts. Oftentimes, the word chosen intuitively is already a great option. It might sound dumb to you because you have the original thought in your mind. But for the reader, who can’t read your mind, the word makes total sense.
3. Words have an impact
Quite often people underestimate the impact words can have. All our interviews are done live. After the interview, we transcribe it and try to stay as near as possible at the live moment. Because we want interviews to be read, we allow ourselves to shorten and make them an easy read. But what was easy said during the interview, might not be easy to read for the one who said it afterward. What means: Yes, reading back what you said might sound different or not like you wanted. Therefore, we always send the interview back for approval.
4. Short but intense
Most of the people associate mango trees with something warm, nice and exotic. That is exactly what we want! Yes, the Mangotree should give you a warm feeling, so that you open up and can somehow also relax. However, an interview can be a new situation for you. You are in the center of the attention and on top of that, there are two other persons asking questions about personal things or the big topics of life. 10 minutes might be short, but when it comes to talking and going deep, they can be quite intense.
5. Let it go!
We try to translate a live situation into a written text, a quite static form! For now, we have not chosen the option to film the interviews. Readers don’t see you talking, that normally gives a lot of extra information and makes it easier to understand the words. Don’t forget that your perception is not the readers’ one and not like any other’s. The ways in which your words can be interpreted are as many as there are people on the globe. Words are just a way to express. And that is also the nice thing about them. Always opening doors to new discussions and beautiful encounters.