At this year’s PRSA International Conference we had the opportunity to meet with a number of recent college graduates excited to enter the profession and, even better, those who’ve landed jobs across the country and are hitting the ground running. While some of these junior practitioners are just entering the workforce, it was pleasantly surprising to hear that they are hungry for tips and information on how to be a better PR professional. Almost unanimously, the first few questions from those we met rounded out to “how can I be better at my job?”
Tags: career, Effective Public Relations, pigeonholed, PR plan, responsibilities, Strategic Planning, tactic, training
via: Ken Fager
The best endorsements of performance are typically word of mouth.
A success story about a successful implementation seizes verbal recommendations and sets them in stone.
Suppose a customer speaks highly of your company to 10 others. That same endorsement in a success story recommends you to hundreds of others in a direct mail campaign and thousands more when it is posted on the web or when it appears in the news media.
Success stories prove you’ve delivered such a highly valued service that you’ve transformed a customer into an advocate who is willing to speak out on your behalf. Launch a more aggressive success story program by first asking:
As a lawyer and consultant, I have been engaged in some form of what I now know as public relations for more than 20 years; it was just never called public relations. It was alternatively referred to as public affairs, public information or public participation. And although I had real-world experience, I had no formal training in such topics as communication theory, models or history. Nonetheless, in May 2013, when two APRs in our firm held a session to introduce Accreditation, I was intrigued. A week later I was in a Jump Start class.
via: Adam Fagen
When I told people we were heading to Los Angeles for a long weekend and not renting a car, they all thought we were crazy. But L.A. is a car city, they all explained. Everyone drives in L.A. my friends from the Valley said…everyone!
But, we were determined to have an Uber-experiment. Despite having never even used Uber, this was going to be our jumping-in point – we had no other back-up transportation so it was “go Uber or go home.”
via: Tracy Byrnes
No, not your singing voice, but your ability to pitch yourself to the next level.
In business and in life, there are many times that we will have to make a pitch to reach goals ranging from a job promotion to earning the business of a potential client. Often, we may find that we are in situations where we’re pitching ourselves without even knowing it. Platforms like social media, projects we take on at work, and volunteer committees we work on are all ways of pitching our capabilities with those around us. For this reason, it is important to properly do your “pre-pitch prework.”
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