Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers knows the value of making records. In a recent interview on the ESPN radio program “The Dan Lebatard Show with Stugotz” Rodgers said that he records all one-on-one interviews that he does.
And why not? You know that the interviewer is likely to record the session — as long as you tell them in advance that you plan to do so too, you are buying insurance against being misquoted and taken out of context. It is no big burden he says — he just pushes a button on his phone.
Rodgers wisely said:
“I think you have to approach every interview with a clear mind and think about what you want to say and what message you want to get out. I also think it’s important, if you’re worried about being taken out of context, that you just record your interviews. It’s something I’ve been doing for a while now, and I think it’s important to have that second recording so if someone’s trying to take something you said out of context you can go back and say, ‘Wait, wait. Hold on.’”
At 15-Seconds we tell our clients and trainees to do the same. Even if the interviewer or his/her editors don’t intend to misquote you — they may do so through sloppiness or by accident. Don’t you want to have proof of what you really said?