Interested in PR? These 10 things can help you learn more!

  1.   Do you know what public relations is? If not that is the first thing you should look at before going into public relations.
  2.   Know exactally what Public Relations is and what it will mean to you.
  3.  Get a degree.  No, you don’t need a BA in public relations to be successful in the field.  One of the most important things I have learned is that it takes a variety of skills to be successful.  Gain as much experience you can in everything you find interesting.  You never know what could happen or what circumstances you will have to work with that day in a career in PR.
  4.   Finding out what qualities can help make you successful in PR.  A blog by Kellen McKillop give us her own personal advice on what it takes to make it in PR based on Public Relations professional Valerie Shaindlin.  Emotional intelligence is a must have, PR is not a place for introverts.  Valerie offers advice for students pursuing PR. These 5 areas are what she find important and are worth evaluating yourself: helpful skills, education, education, experience, practicing communication skills.   Another piece of advice is to figure out the area of public relations you want to be in.
  5.  Explore who you are in College.  We all need a little advice every once in a while, especially while in college.  Jeremy Porter offers not only advice for what students should try to do while in school.  But he also offers advice on how to narrow down exactly what you might be most interested in.
  6. Don’t be scared to ask for advice.  If a certain career or area makes you want to learn more go for it! There are many sites that offer advice on what it takes to make it in any career out there.
  7. Finding out what qualities can help make you successful in PR.  A blog by Kellen McKillop give us her own personal advice on what it takes to make it in PR based on Public Relations professional Valerie Shaindlin.  Emotional intelligence is a must have, PR is not a place for introverts.  Valerie offers advice for students pursuing PR. These 5 areas are what she find important and are worth evaluating yourself: helpful skills, education, education, experience, practicing communication skills.   Another piece of advice is to figure out the area of public relations you want to be in.
  8. Continue to develop your skills.  Including digital and social media skills, professional developments, and work experience.  You can never learn to much!

9. Know you surroundings.  Know whats going on in your community, the country you live in, and around the world.  The more you know the more you have to offer.

10. Research, Research, Research!!  And make sure you enjoy what you are doing! 

Basic Lessons for Communication and Life offered by the Foo Fighters

As a twenty-four year old college student there are so many thing I have learned and still have to learn, in life and for my career.  Public Relations is a field that I am interested in learning the in’s and out’s of.  With so many blogs out there you can gain so much useful information.  PR Breakfast Club’s blogger Nathan “PRCOG” Burgess post from August 25, 5 Communication Lessons, offers us lessons not only for PR, but lessons we can use in our every day life.   Now these aren’t life lessons he came up with on the top of his head.  He uses the advice from Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters.  Who would have thought that they would be able to offer us some inspi
ration?

His five lessons include sharing with others, standing up for what you believe in, being ready for the unexpected, trying new things, and admitting when you make a mistake.  All of these things seem pretty basic and should be things we already do in our day to day lives.  But I can honestly say sometimes I don’t follow all these lessons.

His number one was “Share your beer (or other things).  Now everyone loves someone who will share their beer or offers us a drink (as long as it’s not roofied).  But this does not just include beer.  Sharing your time, influence, and expertise or any other positive foo fightersqualities you have to offer SHARE THEM, don’t be selfish.  All though the blog post was plain only one picture, he did offer links to articles that help further the point he was making in each of the five lessons.  When you look a little further and click on each of the links provided, it makes the blog post so much more worth the time it takes to read it.

Number five is admitting when you made a mistake.  Dave Grohl states in an article for Rolling Stone that “It’s the dumbest band name ever.”  Referring the the band Foo- fighters, even though he thinks that, I’m sure now he wouldn’t change a thing.  This link was one of the best ones because it gave a in-depth look at all five lessons wrapped up in one interview.

Taking this advice moving forward can help you in your career, personal life, and also your academics as well.  I know I plan on using these five lessons moving forward.

A New Journey

Hello everyone!! I’m Angela.

I am so excited to be a college student at St. Ambrose University.  I was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa right down the street from campus.  My memories include the many graduation ceremonies on the front lawn under the oaks and my dads graduation in the same spot.  I was also in a kids summer program called NYSP.  I love making goals and reaching them so thats what I did and applied for college.  While in school I love hanging out with friends, spending time with family, and meeting new people.  I also work two jobs, so sometimes I have less time to do things I love while in school.  But I also like learning so its a great balance.