Brian Williams Advice for Aspiring Journos During Q&A on ‘NBC Nightly News’ Facebook Page

Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 10.56.12For those who missed it, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams took part in a Facebook Q&A on the show’s page Wednesday night, answering questions for more than two hours on both his personal and professional life, from advice to aspiring journalists and reporting on security breaches to why he doesn’t drink and his favorite place to travel.

A few highlights:

Allen Henry: What’s the best advice you can give to someone whose lifelong dream has been to work for NBC news?

Brian Williams: “Work like hell…be driven.. be willing to do anything to support yourself… set your target and your definition of success. I had a dream and a goal and it was outlandish…I never REALLY thought it would happen. But it did.”

Elaine Sheehan: What is your “normal” day like getting ready and leading up to to the live broadcast?

Brian Williams: “There are no normal days…there’s an old phrase ‘if you want to give God a good laugh, tell him/her your plans for tomorrow’ — so we only can try to ride the wave. The thing about my day is: its back loaded.. you can’t write or prepare too much because the news changes…you must have a nervous system that is okay with harrowing deadlines…and you must be able to write…and fast. You have to write as fast as you can think and speak…and do it accurately and for the ear…its a different artform vs. print. the centerpiece of our day is the full-staff editorial meeting in the afternoon, where we lay out the front page and go from there”

For the full Q&A, click on over to Facebook.