The main reason I let those opportunities slip away was fear. I let fear — of failure, of looking like an idiot, of letting a client or editor down, of not being good enough — take hold. I let the fear control me.
In my 20/20 hindsight, I realize that was the wrong way to approach many of those situations. Fear is counter productive. Fear is a barrier to expanding skills, experience, and horizons. Caving into the fear is foolish.
Not all of us will succeed at going after those bigger, splashier stories. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
The space around those big stories needs to be filled. You can do that with smaller, interesting stories.
You won't find that app on any smartphone or tablet.
You won't find it on the web or on your computer.
In fact, that app isn't an app at all. So, what's going to help you stay organized?
There are many people (far too many, in my opinion) who only want quick hits of information. Headlines. Listicles. Summaries. There’s more to reading, and understanding, than small chunks of information.
That’s where longer-form writing — writing that runs 2,000 or 3,000 or more words — comes in.
Here’s why I think it still matters.
To be honest, I miss doing face-to-face interviews. They’re more flexible, spontaneous, and unpredictable than email interviews. You never know tangents will appear when talking to someone face to face.
Here are some tips that can help you do better face-to-face interviews.
I’d hope the latter. Here are a few tips on how.
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But I'm in the minority. A lot of people seem to think they can save time, and they go out of their way to create shortcuts that will help them do just that. I know more than a few people who get a sense of accomplishment from shaving a few seconds off of a task. When they do that, they really believe they're being more productive.
- FreelanceWriter of various things, technology coach, present
- More that I care to admit ...present
Writer. Blogger. Editor. Speaker. Consultant. Sometimes even a content strategist. Combining all of those skills, and adding a deft hand with technology, I help firms create focused, interesting, and insightful content.
I also help companies reshape, reorganize, and refocus their exisiting content to ensure that content is the best it can be.
It's not about the technology. It's about words and how those words help drive and advance a company's goals.
- Ryerson University