No optional question today…
Because I’ve got something else on my mind—Interviews for research.
After being stuck in Small-Town-Heaven, I need to get out. Most of my research is done online. It makes sense mountain roads can be dangerous in winter, and I’m miles from almost everything.
But I do have another reason I’ve not reached out. More of an excuse really.
We all know the feeling of rejection.
One of my biggest fears when researching is being rejected before I can ask any questions. It happened when I reached out to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police a few years back. They have a contact webpage. It looked so inviting.
They responded almost immediately telling me that it would take some time to get back to me. The answers never came. My questions were sucked into the black hole of indifference and I’ve listened to crickets for years.
I’m definitely not a reporter—chasing leads, pushing to the front of the crowd, and ignoring any and all snubs.
I’m really sorry it was my first attempt at reaching out because it’s left me gunshy.
Unfortunately for me, most of Canada is policed by the RCMP. There are exceptions: Ontario and Quebec have their own force and so do some cities throughout the country.
I just discovered one place that has city police—Nelson BC. It’s not far from me. I’m excited and terrified. They may be too perfect for me.
I’m not sure if failure is imminent but it sure feels like it.
Help me, please.
If you’ve reached out successfully for an interview, how did you do it? And yes I mean step-by-step directions, or any advice that may help me do this right.