While in England last month, I conducted my first interview of a series I created, called Nosy Bones. I honed this “interview game” over the summer, and I would now like to go into detail about how it works. By the way, the first Nosy Bones was a lot of fun, and can be found here!
Who will I interview?
I want to meet with small business owners. “Small business owners, you say – so are you biased against big and tall entrepreneurs!?”
No, I don’t mean it like that! What I meant is, the owners of small businesses. Specifically, those who I can meet in person.
What is this interview game?
Nosy Bones is meant to be a fun way to get to know people, by giving them the power to randomly choose their five questions out of a possible twenty by rolling five d4 dice.
When will I meet with them?
I try to arrange a meeting, to accommodate their schedule. However, I will approach these businesses with my iPad mini and bag of bones in hand in case they want to conduct it on the spot. The whole interview does take less than ten minutes, after all!
Where do these interviews take place?
The interviewee only needs to toss some dice and answer some questions, so anywhere with a quiet moment will work! Ideally, I like to meet somewhere central to the business, so I can snap a photo.
Why the name ‘Nosy Bones’?
I’m a curious person, and dice were originally made from bone. I like the idea of giving the person some control, and putting a fun twist on the traditional Q&A. Maybe the concept has been done before, but not by me!
How does the game work?
Easy! The personal answering the questions drops five d4 dice – What, When, Where, Why and How – to get five numbers, one through four. I match the dice and their numbers with twenty corresponding questions on my iPad that I’ve concocted and saved in Evernote. We then have a conversation, covering each of the five questions, as I record the discussion. Each interrogative contains four questions, so it’s highly unlikely that any two Nosy Bones will be alike!
I had a good time speaking with Stephen Holland of Page 45, and look forward to speaking with others! Who knows what their responses – and questions – will be!