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Tricks of the Trade: Style

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View of a young man putting on his shoes in his walk-in wardrobeHave you ever walked into an office or a meeting and instantly judged someone based how they were dressed? I have. I do it all the time.  I feel the way people are dressed can instantly give a negative or positive vibe to a potential client or journalist you are meeting with.  I’m all about personal style, but there are definitely some rules that one should keep in mind when getting ready in the morning.

Read a Magazine – an Elle, GQ, Details, Lucky – Whatever floats your boat – and take note. Shoulder pads and suit dresses are way out of style and if you aren’t dressing in modern times, then you might as well not even present a new business presentation to a start-up.  On the other hand, if you do then you’ll give off the vibe that you know what’s going on today, tomorrow, and in the future.  It shows that you can evolve to what trends are popular – plus it shows that you keep up on the news.  It is impossible to not be affected by fashion even if you read a different magazine. Continue reading

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Tricks of the Trade: Confidence

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Male fencer, portraitConfidence is one of the most important attributes that anyone getting into public relations must have. It’s what makes you stand out, makes people believe what you have to say, and honestly, gives off the vibe that you are the one to beat. Not to sound cocky, or egotistical, okay maybe a little, but I have never not gotten a job after interviewing for it. Granted I’ve only interviewed at four places in my life, but I have never not gotten the job I interviewed for. I honestly believe it’s because I can sell myself because I’m confident.

From the way you walk to the way you talk on the phone, confidence just glows off of the confident folks and it shows in a lot of my colleagues who are successful. In PR, a shy person gets left behind in the dust, always riding on the coattails of others. If you’re shy and can’t make yourself stand out then go become a librarian so you can hide behind books all day. Continue reading

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Seeing Opportunities in the Face of Fear

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Businessman working alone in boardroom, crying, portraitI want to take a moment to step aside from some of my previous discussions about the technology behind what is guiding us into a new era of communications and my ruminations on why I can’t stand the term “blogger relations” to discuss something far more personal to me: fear. Specifically, how my fears shape and alter my personal and professional goals and convictions. Continue reading

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