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Recently PRSA GA put on Shadow Day for PRSSA students in Georgia. When I was preparing for Shadow Day, I went to my boss, Vince Miller, for some advice. Overlooking the jokes he threw in about me, it was actually really helpful.
- You know that person in class that you want to throw stuff at? Don’t be that person.
- Don’t talk to much.
- Don’t answer every question.
- When they ask you a question always answer (with something intelligent — I made this inference from his don’t say something stupid Brianna stare. That is the look he gives me when his boss comes around.).
- When someone else answers a question (and you like their answer), tell them good job (for example: good point).
- Leave a good impression with every person you speak to. (For me this is the most frustrating piece of advice because I have no clue how to do that.)
When I walked into Shadow Day at MSL in Atlanta. The one thing that continued to play through my mind was my boss’ advice. Even though I may have talked the most in the group (everyone else was painfully quiet way too often), I think it went really well. I learned so much about PR, agency life, MSL and even tips on how to get a job after graduation. What do you think? Do you disagree or agree with any of his advice? Do you have some advice to add?
Keep a look out for my follow up piece on Shadow Day and the networking event.
So this is my first post in a while. Normally all I want to do in my spare time is sit down and blog. However lately I have noticed that I hardly have any spare time. So now I have to wonder: Did I over-book myself this year?
After thinking it over, I think my problem is not everything I have to do, but how I am doing it. I am a senior at Georgia Southern. I am about to apply for my final classes, buy my cap and gown, and walk across the stage at Allan E. Paulson Stadium. I have a to-do list a mile long with everything I need to do before I apply for jobs. But all I really need to do is stop for just a minute.
When you are moving forward to quickly (like I tend to do), you forget about what is going on around you. If you don’t believe me, try to remember what your friend wore at coffee yesterday or what you ate for breakfast last Thursday. Kind of embarrassing when your mind draws a blank right?
Well I have decided that it has to stop. I can no longer live in the future. I need to live in the present and just prepare for the future. To do this, I am going to try to put more focus on what I am doing rather than what I have to be doing.
With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I want to know. What are you doing or proud of today?