Essential QuickTip #2: Don’t Just Stand There

WASHINGTON, DC, 17 September 2010 — I see backpack journalists standing flat-footed with their feet splayed out in the general direction of their subjects and it makes me cringe. A strong wind could blow them over, much less somebody not paying attention and who just happens to bump into them or, worse, somebody who wants to do them harm or grab their gear.

So position yourself for success: Point your left toe toward your subject and your right toe straight out in front of you. Bend your knees slightly. This is the way boxers and martial arts experts stand when confronting an opponent. Watch boxing or martial arts films to see what I’m talking about — how to properly position your feet for maximum stability and maneuverability. (Photo by Esther Gentile)