Interview prep or meeting prep: I’ve never denied I’m neurotic, I’ll let you be the judge. First step, create a word document of the questions and who the interview is with. Second, start my initial thoughts without research. I like to get my thoughts without filtering (just because those responses make me laugh). Filters can sometimes ruin good thoughts. Then I start research, reviewing what I already know and looking for new things. I have always favored what we call primary source material, I like to read the original article or story or book, not someone else’s review of it. Next, I expand from the original question to the questions that seem reasonable that could come up. If you are prepping for a piece on weather anxiety, you may end up reading about animals and anxiety (fascinating) and even end up getting a question about it, which I did. Then I read what the journalist or reporter has written before to get a feel for their style and approach to topics. Depending on the interview, it could end up being 2 or 3 pages of work or up to 6 or 8 pages. And last, you can’t think of everything, which makes all this great fun. At the end of the day, I love learning and these things are great learning. It usually takes me hours, sometimes it takes 30 minutes. Crazy fun.
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