Pick up the phone
Interviews are still a practical way to get information. You have identified an expert on Twitter or found on through a research paper… why not pick up the phone?
To get a good response rate…
- Know what’s the information you need to gather.
- Prepare your questions. Open questions will get you more information.
- Tell the person you are asking for help, how long the interview will take and how many questions you have.
- Ask for references or other sources of information.
More importantly, politeness is your best passport to a great interview.