Letting things go: Video

By · Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Letting things go.

Perhaps someone at some time has gently advised you to “let it go.”

Maybe you have told someone else — or yourself — this same thing.

In interpersonal relationships in the workplace or when handling a story, you’ll be in situations in which you must know when to “let it go.”

Nothing is perfect. No story will ever be perfect, no matter how much time and effort you devote to it. Reporters and editors often share the same desire to do one more thing with the story. It is not always possible. Sometimes it is best to let it go. Let it be published.

True, there might be times when the story should not be published. Recognize the difference.

In our book, “Think Like an Editor: 50 Strategies for the Print and Digital World,” one of the strategies explains how to make such serious decisions. “Strategy 21: Holding a Story: 10 Warning Signs That a Story Should Not Run” shares some clues. Among them:

Having a keen ability to deal with feelings of doubt about a story can make a difference when the time comes to let the story go or to hold it.

Possessing key personality traits to deal with people can make a difference, too, in letting things go.

Our video about knowing when to let things go is now available on iTunes, where you can download it to your iPod or other portable device. Or, you can view it — and others in the archive — via our YouTube playlist, right off the Web or in the player on our home page.

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