April 23rd, 2012

Poynter Shares: 5 Ways Journalists Can Overcome Shyness During Interviews

by Beth Winegarner

"When I was a kid, I was the walking definition of “painfully shy.” I was so shy, I couldn’t read out loud when teachers called on me, even though I could read at a higher grade level than my classmates. I was too paralyzed by anxiety to open my mouth.

Soon, I discovered I could write — and write well. When writing, I felt safe to express myself, so I wrote a lot. As a teenager, I found a home at my high-school newspaper and realized I could make journalism a career.

But there was a catch: being a journalist meant talking to people. It meant picking up the phone and cold-calling strangers. It meant walking up to people on the street and asking them personal questions. It meant practically stalking politicians and public figures for a chance at a juicy quote. Each of these prospects terrified me.”

To read her tips on overcoming shyness, go to Poynter.

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    the opening paragraph describes my life. haha
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    I’ve already learned to do quite a few of these things on my own these past six months, especially since this wasn’t...
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