Always ask for permission to record personal interviews and to take notes.This made me wonder how I will go about recording my interviews in India. Perhaps I should bring a small machine because I don't want to take copious notes all the time.
Unstructured interviewing is excellent for building initial rapport with people.I totally did that! When I was originally talking to Norbu on Skype and Facebook.
There comes a point where they leave behind the feelings of uncertainty and anxiety to enter the fullblown stage of exploration. It may occur when each laughs at something said, when the informant seems to go off on an interesting tangent, or when the ethnographer mentally sets aside prepared questions to talk about something.This came after Jay told me to work on establishing rapport, and I had the best Skype chat with Norbu that I've ever had.