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A big way to promote the ideal of the professional geek, the fan-to-pro dream, is to be that dream. However people actually have to see it in action, and there’s more to do after the usual blogging, books, con speeches, and so forth.
That is to be available for interviews – and to get interviewed.
See you’re testimony to the Power of Progeek. Also you’re probably good-looking and charismatic. So we need you out there sharing your wisdom and experiences, and if nothing else your bad examples.
So first, be available for interviews:
- Make sure there’s contact information on your site, blogs, cards, etc.
- Make sure that if you are interviewed, you list it on your website with contact information, so people know you can and will be reached.
- Respond to any contact requests on interviews promptly.
- If anyone contacts you about information, note your availability for said interviews.
Secondly, go get interviewed. No, this isn’t arrogant, this is about you sharing your knowledge in a format that people like. If you’re uncomfortable then reconsider or tone it down, but you need to seek out changes to share you and what you do.
- Join groups like Help A Reporter Out (http://www.helpareporter.com/) and respond to the posts for information and interviews. Yes, journalists and researchers are seeking people like you, so go get involved.
- If you hear about calls for research, information, and interviews go for it!
- If you’re helping out people with a website or other form of communication, offer to do an interview as a way to share information. It’s a pretty efficient format, actually.
You’ve got a lot of wisdom to share. This is just one method to do it – and one that’s pretty efficient when you do it right.
Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach for professional and potentially professional geeks, fans, and otaku. He can be reached at http://www.stevensavage.com/