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Hehe... Thanks Kay!

I definitely will let you all know! Hopefully some clarity for me sooner rather than later...

Hmmm... a soap, huh... now I just need a catchy title!

posted by DancesWithWords on March 16, 2004 at 11:06 PM | link to this | reply

Let us know how it comes out. I feel like I'm watching a soap opera.. How the Phone Call Turns.

posted by Kay-Ren on March 16, 2004 at 10:13 PM | link to this | reply

Thanks! ...Oops!

I totally meant I'd just wing the story and then verify the quotes when the ladies get back-- before I pass it on for acceptance... Would NEVER just use them and not give credit... THANKS!!

posted by DancesWithWords on March 15, 2004 at 1:33 PM | link to this | reply

Dances - if in doubt leave out ...........or paraphrase

posted by beachbelle on March 15, 2004 at 1:26 PM | link to this | reply

Beachbelle...

Thanks, that is great advice! I think I will do that in future conference calls-- Unfortunately for this time, the two women are away for the week and will not return till next Tuesday, by which I should have already composed the story... So perhaps I will have to wing it this time and make sure it doesn't happen again. Thanks!!

posted by DancesWithWords on March 15, 2004 at 1:20 PM | link to this | reply

I have had this problem many times and I have learned to ask people at the
beginning of the conference call that they preface every comment with their name. Though I remember one where two men had the same name;-). Usually people are happy to do that. If you do as Kay said and call them and explain that you would hate to misquote them, they will appreciate that far more than you getting it wrong.
I wouldn't necessarily wait till the story is written - might be just as easy to go through your notes and check with one of them who said what then you can use what you want freely. It gets fiddly to leave it to check when you have written.

posted by beachbelle on March 15, 2004 at 10:03 AM | link to this | reply

Thanks Kay!

That is very helpful--I think it is exactly what I will do. I had been pondering that idea already, and I think you are right in that it is the best solution. And the two ladies were very nice to begin with so I don't see a problem... I just felt a bit dumb! I wonder if there is a way to avoid this on the next conference call...

Have a great day!

posted by DancesWithWords on March 15, 2004 at 9:56 AM | link to this | reply

Here's what'd I'd do:

I'd get the article done with the quotes I want to use. Call them back, honestly explaining the problem and my desire to not misquote them. Run all the quotes by them. Most people are totally cool with an honest admission of a problem. There is a good chance that they have at one time or another not been able to recognize a voice over the phone. I wouldn't make a big deal of the problem. I'd just state that it is a problem and this is the solution I came up with.

Hope this helps.

posted by Kay-Ren on March 15, 2004 at 9:49 AM | link to this | reply

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