Organize your facts and impressions clearly and logically.
Use detailed, specific descriptions: Did your subject arrive in a black Lexus or a battered Buick covered with bumper stickers?
Be aware of taste, touch, background noise, odors, body language.
But it's still important to plan thoroughly, organize carefully and make sure your facts stay straight.The person should be someone of interest (or potential interest) not only to you but also to your readers.One way to prepare for this assignment is to read some engaging character sketches.(You can always throw in a few more as the conversation progresses.) If you're attending an event, make contact with the organizers first to get preliminary details and find out what aspects they consider most important and not to be missed.A profile is a portrait, not just a recitation of facts.The truth is, wonderful subjects are all around us: the challenge is to get people talking about memorable experiences in their lives. Coopman of San Jose State University has prepared an excellent online tutorial on "Conducting the Information Interview." For this assignment, two of the seven modules should be especially helpful: Module 4: Structuring the Interview and Module 5: Conducting the Interview.Your first rough draft may simply be a word-processed transcript of your interview session(s).Keep in mind, however, that the present occupation of your subject may be inconsequential; the focus of the profile may instead be on your subject's involvement in some notable experience in the past: for example, a man who (as a youngster) sold vegetables door to door during the Depression, a woman who marched with Dr.Martin Luther King, a woman whose family operated a successful moonshine operation, a school teacher who performed with a popular rock band in the 1970s.Your next step will be to supplement these remarks with descriptive and informative details based on your observations and research. Don't try to provide a life story in 600-800 words: attend to key details, incidents, experiences.But be prepared to let your readers know what your subject looks like and sounds like.