Recently, I have a staff writer that insists that they need a press pass for anyone they interview to take them seriously. It isn’t about that though.
Nine times out of ten it’s all about confidence. I have been doing this for some time now and I have found out that if you simply act like you know what you are doing people accept it. You don’t need fancy credentials or some glorified and laminated post-it note declaring purpose for people to respect you. Simply act like you’re supposed to be doing what you’re doing.