#4 – Show Genuine Interest With An In-Depth Interview
“People are not interested in You, they are interested in themselves morning, noon and after dinner” – Dale Carnegie.
Take a genuine interest in someone and they will love you for it.
One night, Dale Carnegie attended a party. He was introduced to a botanist at the party. Never having met a botanist before, he struck up a conversation. Fascinated, he sat at the edge of his chair and listened attentively.
After Dale Carnegie left, the botanist lavished praise on Mr. Carnegie to the host of the party. He concluded by calling Mr. Carnegie “the most interesting of conversationalists.”
The truth was Mr. Carnegie hardly said a word during the conversation. His knowledge of botany could only fuel a two-minute conversation.
BUT – He listened intently.
He listened because he was genuinely interested, and the botanist felt that.
This is really the highest compliment we can pay anyone.
Now here’s a thought, make your next goal to organize a short interview with your favourite popular Blogger.
An interview is the perfect way to connect with someone.
Research and create a great set of questions. Understand what makes your interviewee blogger tick especially where their passions lie. If you cannot figure it out don’t hesitate to ask.
Ensure you craft interview questions get the blogger to open up on their passions. Don’t plan and use a tightly regimented script.
Trigger the Blogger’s passion in various ways BUT let the blogger do most of the talking. During the interview when they are responding don’t interrupt, – this is not about you.
Read a lot of the blogger’s popular posts. Look for common questions in the comments. DON’T ask those. They would have heard those same questions a host of times before.
Work really hard when doing your homework before an interview. Read any books written by the Blogger, create the right questions. Ask these at the right time.
When you do, you will notice the blogger getting more and more enthusiastic as the interview progresses. Clearly understand and document their passions. Drive the discussions in that direction. Then sit back and listen.
Remember your popular blogger will have an incredible story to tell, ensure that you let them tell it.
The icing on this cake is you will genuinely captivated and entertained though the interview.
Make them feel this way, and I assure you, you will get noticed.