Blog #4

Before conducting this interview I was extremely nervous. Prior to this interview I have never interviewed anyone before. I don’t even like to talk on the phone due to the fact I do not like my voice. This experience was a great learning experience because I learned so many things I didn’t know. I thought I had an idea of how firefighting work but I never knew all the ins and outs until after I was finished conducting this interview. I never took the time to think about all the prepping and hard work firefighters have to do. I wouldn’t say it came as a surprise that they work so hard but it was very interesting that they have to prepare so much such as work out, train and prep clothes. I knew that listening and communication played a role in firefighting but I did not know that listening was the most important aspect of firefighting. Nina Stone said over and over that the best firefighter is one who listens because if you don’t listen you can fail the mission and/or lose a team member. I never thought about the barriers a firefighter can face until Nina brought it to my attention. Nina said focus is a key part of firefighting, especially when you are on a mission. The most challenging part of conducting this interview was trying to find a perfect time to actually sit down with Nina Stone. I am glad I chose to interview Nina Stone because not only did I learn about firefighting but I also learned a few life lessons that I will never forget. Overall I would say that this interview was a success but I could not have don’t it without the help of several classmates, professor Stone, and of course Nina Stone herself.

Blog Post #3- Interview with a WNBA Firefighter

Vernisha Andrews

Professor Stone


Blog Post #3

I was very scared to conduct this interview but after completing it I was glad I chose my interviewee. I was able to find two key findings about my interviewee personally and one key finding about listening and how it pertains to firefighting. My interviewee was Nina Stone. The three findings were: how much of a leader she was, how she wanted to be the best in everything she did, and how breakdown in listening effects firefighting.

The first point is that I was astonished by how much of a leader she was. In the beginning of the interview she spoke about how being the oldest of all of her siblings was hard for her. She used her childhood to shape her into being a leader in everything she did whether it was on the court, in the classroom or in the firehouse. Being the point guard in basketball you have to lead the team. In the interview she said “My coach pulled me in her office and told me I am the leader on the floor and my body language determines the team plays.”

The second point was that she wanted to be the best in everything she did. She never saw anything as a defeat. If she didn’t understand something she wouldn’t rest until she fully understood it. The example I remember from the interview was the reason she became a RN nurse. She became an Rn because she couldn’t understand the health language the nurses were speaking when they explained what was wrong with her dad. I saw in her eyes that she has drive in everything she does and that is why she is successful today. While going through this conversation with this older man, Nina was practicing intrapersonal listening. Intrapersonal listening is when you recognize the unique experiences of another person. “As we liesten to others, everything they say is interpreted in terms of our own internal “voice”” (Purdy & Borisoff pg.23) It is also when you create a support environment that confirms the other.

The third point I took from this interview is why listening is important in firefighting. According to is defined as when you take notice of and act on what someone says; respond to advice or a request. Nina stated that listening is very important in firefighting. If there is a breakdown in listening a lot could go wrong. The worst thing that could go wrong is that someone on her team doesn’t return on the truck with them. She said her and her team does everything in their power to complete the mission smoothly. Listening is possibly the most important factor in firefighting. In Listening in Everyday Life, the first two chapters explain different types of listening. The type of listening that Nina and her crew focuses on is comprehensive listening.”Comprehensive listening is for an understanding of a message.”(Purdy& Borisoff pg. 12)

Being a leader, wanting to be the best, and active listening plays a key factor in firefighting. In order to be successful Nina said she needs all three finding.

Citation: “Listen – Definition of Listen in English | Oxford Dictionaries.” Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford Dictionaries, n.d. Web. 09 Oct. 2016.

Borisoff, Deborah, and Michael Purdy. Listening in Everyday Life: A Personal and Professional Approach. Lanham, MD: U of America, 1991. Print.

Blog #2

Blog Post #2

I had a hard time having to figure out who I wanted to interview. Especially after Professor Stone told us we had to widen our spectrum and look for someone outside of the Rollins College community. After reviewing my options for the participants for my interview, I narrowed it down to one participant. The participant I chose to conduct the interview on is a woman by the name of Nina Stone. Nina Stone is from Indianapolis, Indiana but currently lives in Orlando, Florida. Nina Stone graduated from Pike High School class of _____.  After graduating high school, Nina went to go play basketball for Oklahoma State University. She graduated from Oklahoma State in ___ with a bachelor’s degree in _____.  After graduating from Oklahoma State she went on to play basketball for the WNBA few years and also traveled overseas to play in several basketball tournaments.  Now she currently is employed as a firefighter.  I chose to interview this woman because she has the best work ethic I have ever seen. I also believe she is the best woman basketball player hands down. I am interested in playing in the WNBA on day, so hopefully I can follow in her footsteps.

Blog #1

Tell me about yourself.

I want to know more about the person.


Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?

I want to see if the person sees there self in the same position or getting a promotion.


When were you most satisfied in your job?

I want to see what excites the person in their job.


Tell me about a time where you had to deal with conflict on the job.

I want to see how this person deals with conflict on the job.


Tell me about your proudest achievement.

I want to see what makes this person proud to be in the specific profession.