On Interviewing Others // jenniferesnyder.com

Here's the thing about asking people questions: it's not as easy as it seems. When interviewing others, I get a little squirmy. They often have a general idea about the questions I'm going to ask, but I never really know what their answers will be. Yet, that unknown is what makes the act of sharing stories so darn great.

I've interviewed people with incredibly successful ventures and I've interviewed new creative business owners who are just starting to see their ideas take shape. Please note: I happen to think that both are equally important. Because when it comes to telling personal stories, even the tiniest details matter, even the shortest stories can make a difference and even those who are rarely heard are mighty in their own lives.

And that's why you can expect to find a lot of interviews in Yes, You Should Try That. I am no expert and don't pretend to be knowledgable in all things. Luckily, there are others out there who have much to share. So, I'll be gathering stories—told by those who have lived them—to create a book full truth, real conversations and knowledge gained through experience.

I've had numerous conversations over the last few years about taking risk, not knowing where something might lead, fear of failure and more. The common theme that lives at the core of these discussions is that very few of us end up walking the path that we originally set out on. Our lives—both personal and professional—tend to zig in seemingly strange directions and then zag back to a newly carved groove somewhere down the line.

It might be terrifying, but this perpetual zigging and zagging is more common than we all think. We simply need to talk about it more often. We need to share it openly and without reservation. I intend to celebrate these conversations and stories in the book.

I really think you're going to like it, friends.


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