Anyone who has had to listen their own recorded voice will relate to this. It’s the cringe factor and embarrassment of hearing your own voice, mannerisms and ‘research-self’ in your research recordings. I’ve never heard anyone say oh, but I sound wonderful when I listen back to myself in an interivew.
Listening to your voice and ‘verbal habits’ [in my case my constant interruptions of a co-researcher] forever recorded, engraved and soon to be public when I put my interview recordings on a public database is sometimes a gut-wrenching experience. I have literally blushed at my desk whilst re-listening to interview recordings. Even though I changed this behaviour of interrupting my co-researcher during my ‘field research’- when I go back to listen to these interviews – *cringe* – there I am again interrupting.
Possibly worse is when you realise your previous-researcher-interviewer-self who thought that they knew what they doing (e.g. lets lead the topic of conversation away from this interesting but really irrelevant piece of information back the things that I think are important) clashes with your current-researcher-analysis-self !
damn! Why did I interrupt? That story is now highly relevant and I didn’t let the participant flesh out more details for me!
I think this is a factor of audio recording that we all just have to suck up. Unless you have access to funds to go and do a radio presenter course or seriously hone your interview style.
But part of the research process is being the ‘authentic-researcher-you’. You’ve got to make a connection, build trust, feel human to your research participants. This means lots of umms, arhs, and accepting you’ll cringe later. And perhaps consider cutting other researchers a break if you are listening to their recordings.