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Resume Trends: Dos and Don’ts

March 28, 2014

resumeeLooking through old pictures, I am in shock of how many butterfly clips I put in my hair in grade school. Okay, and middle school. Another 90s trend I wasn’t ready to let go of that my peers had thrown away.

Resume trends come and go just like the choker necklaces and layered polos we once held near and dear. Keeping in mind what trends will last can help you land the job (or internship) of your dreams. So grab your Lisa Frank notebook – here are some resume trends you should and shouldn’t follow.

DO.

Tailor your resume to the specific job. Let your potential employer know that you did some research on their company, as well as the position. This is especially important in a cover letter. Your experiences that are most applicable to the job should stand out, or at least be towards the top. For example, when applying to an internship focused on social media, highlighting the Twitter accounts you manage would be more important than working at a pizza place.

Don’t.

Use too many buzzwords. If the phrase “I am a hard worker” is on your resume, take it off. IMMEDIATELY. Save that for the interview when you can explain WHY you’re a hard worker. Sometimes buzzwords can be important – some companies electronically scan for specific words and sprinkle them lightly throughout. You also don’t want a ton of clichés on a resume. Words such as “led” or “built” can be good words that computers will pick up while also showing off your leadership roles.

Do.

Show specifics. Statements with action words about what a past experience entailed can be great, but hard numbers of what this experience accomplished can go a lot further. Being able to show how many placements a news release got or a percentage of increased followers will show them you’re an impact player.

Don’t.

Share your social media outlets if they’re not professional. This should be fairly obvious. If your last 10 tweets include any reference to the following: acting ratchet, twerking, the phrase “turn down for what?” or profane language, clean it up (or create a separate account) before adding it to a resume. However, if you tweet responsibly, a Twitter handle is a great addition to your contact information.

Do/ Don’t.

Color. It boils down to “Do #1,” tailoring your resume. When applying to a position where creativity is extremely valued, then adding color and a design can be a great trend to follow. Additionally, formatting your resume in a unique way (i.e. an eye-catching info graphic) can show off design skills. On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re sending your resume in hopes of working in politics, keep color to a minimum. Find a balance between being creative while maintaining professionalism.

Do.

Go the extra mile. Following up with the company after you send out a resume is a trend that never goes out of style. Little things such as connecting on LinkedIn, an email or even tweeting at someone can make your resume stand out. Better yet, picking up the phone or sending a hand-written Thank You note can leave a lasting impression. And aren’t good impressions what we’re all about?

Building a strong resume can take time, but it’s worth the time when you come away with something you can be proud of. While it can be important to stay on trend, the most essential aspect about creating a resume is incorporating your own style.

Devon Pine is a senior studying Journalism. You can follow her on Twitter at @LuckyNumbrDevon.

7 Tips & Tricks For Networking Trips

March 26, 2014 2 Comments

7 Tips & Tricks For Networking TripsWhether you’re traveling to a new city alone or with a school organization for a networking trip, interacting with professionals can always be intimidating for a college student on the job hunt.

Over the course of my professional experience, I’ve discovered how essential it is to plan for the worst before diving head first into the “working world.” That way, you’ll be completely prepared and the right mindset to give your best first impression. Here are the seven tips I’ve taken away for professional networking.

Research the Company Before Visiting

This is crucial before even setting up the trip. For starters, it’d be beneficial to research your PR point of contact, company history, brand standards and social media platforms before you do anything else. You’ll sound knowledgeable while interacting with the professionals at the company online and in person using solid talking points from your research.

Bring Your Resume/Business Cards

Bring several copies of your most updated resume to give to every professional you meet. Business cards are also great if you have them too. Being able to showcase your professional experience is important, especially when time is precious on a company tour.

Look The Professional Part

No sweats, no gym shoes and for goodness sake do not cake on the make-up. This is the time you look your sharpest. Shine your shoes, iron those dress pants and don’t forget to put on deodorant before walking through the front doors of the company you’re visiting. When in doubt, a blazer and dress pants, or black leggings are my go-to professional attire. I never wear heels, unless they are low or on a tall boot, but even then I bring flats in my bag, just in case blisters appear.

Hope For The Best, Prepare For The Worst

I always bring a purse with me on professional occasions carrying items for the most inopportune moments when you have coffee breath, your phone is on 2% battery, etc. These key items are:

  •       Altoid mints or gum
  •       Hand wash
  •       Perfume/Deodorant
  •       Cash
  •       Portable phone charger
  •       Band aids
  •       Dental floss

Tweet At The Company Before Visiting

True story: tweeting at MediaSource, a PR agency named 2013’s Best Health Care PR/Marketing Agency by communications industry powerhouse Ragan Communications, before touring their office in Columbus, Ohio with PRSSA earned me my very own MediaSource coffee mug and “swag bag”. It was really exciting being recognized in front of the whole group tour for using their hashtag #BobcatsBrandJournalized14 before visiting. It just goes to show you what doing your research can achieve: recognition before a face-to-face introduction.

Don’t Be Late

Arrive two hours early if you have to, butjust make sure you are not late. Just don’t do it. Period. (Rule of thumb is 5 minutes early is on time.)

Follow Up

Through email or LinkedIn, following up with a personal message is the perfect way to show your appreciation for their time and especially shows initiative for keeping the conversation going.Hand written thank you notes are an excellent personal touch too. Don’t stop there though. Keep the relationship consistent with an email every few weeks with a possible blog link you found interesting or info-graphic worth checking out.

 

Stephanie Gort is a senior studying Strategic Communications. You can follow her on Twitter at @StephGort.

AVW Week: Planning for Perfection

March 14, 2014 1 Comment

AVW WeekAs the anticipation of AVW Week approached, the ImPRessions AVW Productions account was hard at work, planning for perfection. AVW Week is happening this week and will continue through Sunday. As the Account Executive, I worked closely with Elyse Freeman, the Assistant Account Executive, and Thomas Sinard, the Marketing Manager of AVW. Our wonderful and hard-working associates are Alex Davies, Angela Keane, Brooke Robinson, Carolyn Nachman, Erica Stonehill, Jill Kata, Kat Safreed, Megan Valentine, Rachel Fleig and Rachel Shehy.

The week of events has included the release of the new AVW website on Monday, commercial releases on Tuesday and producer interviews on Wednesday. On Thursday, AVW hosted an AVW Fair in Baker 226 from 3 p.m. to 7p.m. so students can learn more about the organization. Tonight, AVW will have a premiere in the Bobcat Student Lounge from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. where members can see a new and collaborative episode from AVW Newstime and Fridays Live. On Saturday, students around campus will be participating in AVW’s newest show, TOUR. You can follow them with the hashtag #TOUREP1. AVW Week will wrap up with the video game tournament hosted by Tech Heads starting at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday in Baker 240.

In order to plan and execute these events in the best way possible, we decided to split our associates up into two teams: event planning and media relations. Our two teams worked to complete and pitch a press release, make a flyer, pitch to classes throughout the week, talk to businesses in order to get food and prizes donated, brainstorm ideas and event names, social media and anything and everything else we asked them to do. It has been amazing to watch each of our associates step up to the plate and complete each and every task above and beyond the expectations we had set.

Events such as AVW Week allow students to create, pitch and implement their own ideas, helping them to grow further in love with their major. We have seen so many associates grow as leaders throughout the planning of AVW Week, and can’t wait to see what the rest of the week brings!

You can follow #AVWweek on AVW’s Twitter, Facebook and new Instagram account.

Pinning for your Personal Brand

March 7, 2014 5 Comments

pinterestMost girls love Pinterest for the style tips, craft ideas and wedding planning. However, not many people think about using Pinterest as a way to strengthen their personal brand. No matter what your brand is, it’s time to start thinking of Pinterest as a part of it.

Pin things that matter

Start pinning crafts that you will actually do. If you love fashion or interested in going into fashion PR, pin fashion from your favorite brands, designers, cute clothes, etc. If you are environmentally conscious, make a board about eco-friendly ideas and products. For all of you food lovers out there – don’t forget your food board. You can also make a board about things that catch your eye or interest you; whatever describes you. These tips don’t mean that you have to log in and delete your wedding board right now. If you’re someone that would openly talk about weddings at work or are hoping to work in wedding planning, this board is perfect for strengthening your personal brand.

Creating your own content

Many people forget that you can create your own board. If you’re really ambitious, you could upload your resume and portfolio pieces then upload them on their own board. It’s eye catching and original. If you like travelling, create a board with pictures and locations of places you’ve traveled. Pinterest has a lot of great pins in their travel category, but adding in your own content adds to the fun. Remember, you don’t have to stick within the categories Pinterest has set for you – the opportunities are endless.

It’s time to stop looking at Pinterest as a personal site, and start looking at it as another social media site that you can use to strengthen your online presence and improve your personal brand. Pin anything and everything that it is interesting and describes you. It’s ok to have a few professional boards, or to mix them with fun or inspirational boards. As long as your Pinterest describes you and gives others an idea of what you are like, your doing it right.

Jess Carnprobst is a sophomore studying Strategic Communication. You can follow her on Twitter at @jess_carnprobst.

What PR people actually do

March 6, 2014 2 Comments

KERRY WASHINGTONWe have all experienced it before at family gatherings when our relatives ask what we are going to school for, and then we see their looks of confusion as we try to explain what our majors actually are. As much as I wish I could say that after graduation we all move onto be the next Olivia Pope, or even a gladiator for that matter, it’s not always like that. It’s often perceived that the role of Public Relations is an unethical career filled with lies and covering up mistakes of the clients, but that is very far from the truth of what PR professionals do.

Public relations professionals work to obtain free publicity for their client. This can be done in any number of ways – traditionally press releases are sent to journalists containing the information needed to write a positive story about their clients. A press release is a compelling news story that makes it clear why the client’s service, product, announcement or personal history is important. It is usually very short, and the goal is to make it easier for the journalist, however it is not controlled media.

One thing I think our generation can agree on as aspiring PR professionals, is that we could not be happier that social media is becoming a huge aspect of the job for PR professionals. Social media is a great tool brands use to reach customers and it’s FREE. For example, Oreo utilized the opportunity of the power outrage in the 2013 Super Bowl, to tweet one of the most famous and memorable tweets of 2013. Social media makes free publicity one tap of the finger away from the consumer. PR professionals are their own type of genius when it comes to utilizing the social media outlets.

PR professionals are also trained to do damage control. This is where the Olivia Pope aspect does come into play. “All publicity is good publicity”, well we all can think of a time where that is not always the case. Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber’s recent actions in the public eye are just a few examples of where all publicity is not always considered good publicity. One piece of bad press can change how the consumers perceive a brand. For example, when a woman said she found a finger in her chili from Wendy’s, (even though it was a false accusation) how many of us waited a few months or even years before trying Wendy’s chili again? PR professionals will create a ‘PR Crisis Management Plan’ to respond quickly and proactively when a story breaks that could hurt their reputation. This is a way to map out how the brand will react to the crisis and what their next steps need to be.

What’s unique about working in PR is that every day is different. As rising PR stars, our majors might seem confusing or unethical to those who do not take the time to notice that PR is everywhere. Next time you see a mind-blowing creative tweet or press release issued only minutes after ground breaking event, know that there is a team of PR stars who live to make that happen.

Chelsea Amato is a junior studying Strategic Communications. You can follow her on Twitter at @Chelsea_Amato.

ImPRessing potential employers

March 4, 2014

standing outIt’s difficult to stand out to a potential employer, and it’s especially difficult to stand out amongst a community of overachievers like yourself. Sure, your GPA practically denotes you as a genius and you’ve been involved in extracurricular activities since the beginning of your college career. You’re so involved that you can’t even fit all of your experience on your resume. On paper, you look hirable AND desirable. But here’s the catch: Everyone else does too.

So, how are you going to stand out?

It’s easier said than done, but there are ways to set yourself apart from the crowd that just might land you your dream job or internship.

  1. Request informational interviews. Although less formal and more conversational than the standard job interview, informational interviews give you a chance to chat with a company’s employers, ask questions and soak in the company’s atmosphere. You’ll be asked questions, but it won’t be as nerve wrecking, because you’ll also be expected to ask questions. These interviews will put you a step above people who are simply applying for the job because it will demonstrate your interest in learning about the company and dedication to making connections with the employees.
  2. Use social media to your advantage. You’re on your phone 24/7 anyway, so you may as well use your social media addiction to your advantage. Before going to a company, firm or corporation, tweet at them and express your excitement to visit. Use appropriate hashtags and tweet at the company, along with any employees you are expected to meet. In addition to this, take the time to “like” the company’s Facebook page and “follow” its LinkedIn and Twitter sites. Showing interest in a company can be as simple as a touch of the screen.
  3. Be prepared. There’s almost no quality more attractive in an employee than being prepared. Research the company and write down questions to ask them. Express curiosity in what they do and show interest in what they say. Be prepared to listen. It’s seemingly impossible to actually listen to someone when your heart is beating a mile a minute, your palms are sweating and you’ve completely blanked on your next question. But remember to actually listen to their responses. Take what they tell you and refer to their advice or anecdotes later when you follow up.
  4. Follow up. Be traditional. Instead of sending a follow up email, hand write a thank you note and connect with the employer on LinkedIn. When you ask to connect with him or her, make sure you include a personal message instead of using LinkedIn’s automated message. It’ll make you stand out above others that didn’t take the time to personalize a message. As said above, take something the employer said and refer back to it, whether it’s something candid, informational or simply memorable. Just make sure it’s noteworthy.
  5. Be yourself. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through your work, including homework assignments, projects, your resume, LinkedIn profiles or social media accounts. Don’t let being professional obscure your uniqueness, individuality or even your sense of humor. Most importantly, remember: It’s possible to be both personal and professional.

Standing out among other overachievers isn’t an easy feat, but the difference between receiving or losing a job can be as simple as a handwritten letter. Take advantage of all of the opportunities you can, and don’t lose your dynamic personality despite pressures of the professional world.

Allison Barwacz is a senior studying Magazine Journalism. You can follow her on Twitter at @abarwacz.

The Viral Games: @Sochi

February 26, 2014 2 Comments

Sochi Social GraphicThe stakes couldn’t be higher. The stage couldn’t be bigger. The tweets couldn’t come faster.

Sochi, Russia’s recently concluded XXII Olympic Games, brought to light the true power and influence of social media. If you considered the London Olympics to be the “Twitter Games”, then you should be comfortable with Sochi’s new label – The “Viral Games.” A variety of different conversations surrounded the Winter Games, allowing for them to become the most socially engaged Olympics ever. In case you missed the buzz, I’ve recapped a few of the memorable moments of the globally celebrated event.

Shortly after journalists and spectators arrived in Sochi for the opening ceremony they took to social media and shared their experiences with the world. Disparaging photos and tweets took the web by storm, as the visitors experienced infrastructure issues. Undrinkable water, unfinished living quarters, and an abundance of stray dogs made many guests feel as though the city was underprepared for the event, in which Russia invested $51 billion.

The uncomplimentary conditions prompted the creation of the hashtag #SochiProblems, which eventually amassed greater participation than the official hashtag, #Sochi2014. An account titled “@SochiProblems” was also created, but no longer exists. The account garnered nearly 340,000 followers, which at one point was 120,000 more than the official @Sochi2014 account. The most tweeted about moment of the Olympics, was the USA Men’s Hockey shootout victory over Russia.

During the Olympics, LGBT rights became a prominent conversation on social media as a result of Vladimir Putin, Russia’s President, having just passed an anti-gay legislation that prohibits the “exposure of non-traditional sexual relations to minors.” The legislation also mandates a law that prohibits speaking in defense of gay rights in the presence of minors. Several dignitaries have expressed their displeasure with the ruling. Shortly after boycotts began, small protests broke out, and the Olympics commenced. By the end of the event, supporters of the movement had quieted exponentially and the majority of the social conversations ended with the closing ceremony.

The Canadian Olympic Team walked away with an impressive medal count (25) and a certain victory with their social media presence. Not only did the team have a very active Twitter account, but the athletes themselves were very zealous in their contribution of photos and real time tweets. Some of the more socially active Canadian athletes were snowboarder Mercedes Nicoll, bobsledder Kaillie Humphries, and speed skater Denny Morrison. Canada also acquired a bit of attention at the Olympics from their placement of a beer fridge in the Canadian Olympic House that required a Canadian passport in order to obtain free beer. Our neighbors up north undoubtedly showed the rest of the world that they’re no strangers to public relations!

The XXII Olympic Games have ended and the guests have traveled home, but millions of tweets remain archived and the event will go down in history as the most socially consumed, ever. The Games in Sochi could not have better represented 2014 as a year of social forward thinking and media consumption. Nothing says 2014 more than the fact a crowd-fund campaign sent the Jamaican bobsled team to the Olympics. Though, the next Olympics will be even greater, there is a great deal to be said for the connected presence of athletes, fans, journalists and prominent figures on social media during the Games in Sochi.

How did you interpret the success of the XXII Olympic Games in Sochi? What was your favorite social media moment of #Sochi2014?

Gary Bridgens is junior at Ohio University. Follow Gary on Twitter @garingiscaring and connect him on Linkedin.

The different Faces of Celebrity PR

February 18, 2014

Model Cindy Crawford poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film 'The Great Gatsby' and for the opening ceremony of the 66th Cannes Film Festival in CannesFrom the subtle to the scandalous, each superstar and their publicity team decide how they want to be perceived in the public eye. And with today’s influx of new, innovative technology that allows us to have access to anyone’s life at our fingertips, celebs are more visible than ever. Here are a few of the most memorable Hollywood publicity moments from the past several years.

Kanye West: the one-man PR show. West seems to precisely control every visible aspect of his and fiancée Kim Kardashian’s lives. From hiring a stylist to replace Kim’s entire closet (no small feat) with clothing that was more to his liking, to voicing his offense over a Jimmy Kimmel parody of one of his interviews, West seems to enjoy running his own show. Although there’s nothing wrong with caring about the way you’re perceived, his extreme methods and lack of a sense of humor are off-putting.

Shia LaBeouf: the reverse psychologist. If you haven’t heard, LaBeouf is sorry for plagiarizing other artists’ works. After showing up to a film premiere in Berlin last week wearing a paper bag that read “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE,” the former Disney Channel and Transformers star opened an interactive art installation in Los Angeles titled “#IAMSORRY” (hashtag and all). Despite tweeting that he is “retiring from public life,” LaBeouf seems to be doing the exact opposite. He wants to get people talking, and what better way to do that than to declare oneself “not famous anymore”?

Justin Bieber: the unsuccessful trainwreck. The Canadian pop singer had several run-ins with the law this past year, and the general public doesn’t seem to want any part of it. His new album and concert movie, which both debuted in December, have both flopped. Those who saw his movie or buy his album were existing fans – his antics haven’t exactly won him any new markets. He may be generating buzz, but Twitter trends don’t sell albums.

Chris Brown: the comeback. In the case of the singer’s 2009 domestic violence charges, Brown had a valuable PR asset, his attorney Mark Geragos. While the rest of the world couldn’t stop talking about the brutal physical harm Brown allegedly inflicted on then-girlfriend Rihanna, Geragos advised Brown to lay low and avoid the public spotlight for a while. When the singer had his day in court, Geragos took it upon himself to remind the courtroom and millions worldwide, about all the good things Brown did and accomplished. The whole strategy reads like a textbook crisis communications tactic, and it worked almost too well: disturbingly enough, Brown continues to make music and sell records, and the domestic violence incident is seemingly brushed under the rug.

Miley Cyrus: the good girl gone bad. Over the past year or so, Cyrus has been a walking definition of the word “rebranding.” If there’s one thing she doesn’t want, it’s to be seen as tween pop idol Hannah Montana anymore. But like it or not, her strategy seems to be working: when she’s not twerking or sticking her tongue out, she’s selling albums.

Beyoncé: the shocker. On Dec. 12, fans around the world were stunned to discover that Queen Bey had released a 14-track “visual album” on iTunes with absolutely no promotion or publicity. She wasn’t alone in her efforts, either – the surprise album features collaborations with other big-name stars like Drake and Frank Ocean, none of whom said a word. The power of Beyoncé is strongly evident here: the album had shattered iTunes records and sold over one million copies in less than a week. Beyoncé’s unprecedented stunt proves that once you make it big, elaborate promotion efforts aren’t always necessary.

Lindsey Zimmerman is a sophomore studying Strategic Communication and specializing in Spanish. You can follow her on Twitter at @lindseyzim716.

Why you should think before you Post

February 17, 2014 3 Comments

As a student at Ohio University, I have been hounded by the concept of, “Be careful what you post. Your future employers will see it. Do you want to have a job after graduation?” Every single one of my professors has warned me about the risks you take on social media, and when your weirdo philosophy professor talks about it, you know it’s serious. Everyone should follow these five golden rules to lower the risk of embarrassment and job rejections.

  1. If you wouldn’t want your Grandmother to see it. If you wouldn’t want to show your grandma your tweets, don’t tweet it. Imagine trying to explain a picture of you bonging a beer to your grandmother. If that doesn’t make your face turn red, then imagine showing your tweets and explaining it to your boss.
  2. If you would die of embarrassment when seeing your past 10 tweets projected in front of one of your classes. Imagine walking into class and the professor has your past 10 tweets projected on the board. Imagine one of those tweets was you on @bobcatmakeOUts. I’m sure you and the other person in the picture had a great night, but now your entire class and the professor know about it too. You may have to drop the class out of embarrassment.CollegeP1
  3. You are here for an education and your future employers will check your social media. This cannot be emphasized enough! You will continue to hear about this forever. Think about the people you would want to hire. Whether you tweet inappropriate content or retweet someone else’s, that’s not the type of person employers want to hire. You may have #collegeprobs but it’s not necessary to share with the rest of the world.
  4. You actually share much more than you think when you post. If you’re tweeting that you’re depressed all the time, people will unfollow you and think it’s annoying. No one wants to see someone tweet that they have a terrible life every 10 seconds. It also doesn’t look good to employers. If you tweet about how much you hate your part-time job and continuously complain, how does that prove you’d be happier working for any company? Think about what you’re posting and how it reflects upon you from other perspectives.CollegeP2
  5. Were you even aware you were updating your social media? Like my mom always says, “Puking is not sexy.” Should you really be posting about puke in your hair? The rough hangover you have? The extent of alcohol you are drinking/did drink? Drunk-tweets and photos are things that employers look for. You might not be aware that these will cost you jobs, because they will simply just not contact you for an interview.

If you are highly qualified for the jobs you’re applying to, then don’t let something so silly like Twitter ruin your chances.  Please, share this information with your friends and even laugh about it. Your future depends on you, so think before you post!

Taylor Davis is a sophomore studying Health Communications, and minoring in Psychology and Journalism with a Diversity Certificate. You can follow her on Twitter at @taylorrosedavis

5 TED Talks to Inspire the PR PRo

December 18, 2013

TED Talks are multi-length videos featuring forward-thinkers in the professional world sharing their experiences and  knowledge.  As PR junkies, we are constantly looking for new ways to innovate and reach into the depths of our creativity.

These clips are a great way to hear about others’ discoveries and how they have climbed the ladder of success.  Here are a few TED Talks videos that could inspire you along your PR journey to achievement:

1. Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Whether it was McDonalds or that dream internship, we all can recall the butterflies from our first interview.  Confidence is an obvious must to obtain a 5-star performance, but a simple change in your body language before that small step into the interrogation room could give you the confidence you thought only “that girl” had.

Amy Cuddy, a successful scientist, has studied human body language and how it affects our bodies and brains.  Her studies have shown that not only do others subconsciously judge you, but you also subconsciously judge yourself.  Powerful body language results in a powerful you!

2. Nigel Marsh: How to Make Work-life Balance Work

PR majors are some of the most innovative and dedicated people in the work force.  We are extremely passionate about our careers and it’s easy for us to become soaked up in the amazing work that we do.  Public Relations is a highly demanding career as all of us who are preparing to enter its thrilling dynamics know.  In order to live a happy life it’s important to remember to find your balance.

Nigel Marsh, CEO and author, relates his experience as a hard working professional to his overall happiness and success through 4 observations.  His words of wisdom encourage us to remember that the smallest investments in the right places can largely impact our quality of life.

3. Alexis Ohanian: How to Make a Splash in Social Media

This short video tells a tale about an environmental organization’s efforts to stop a Japanese whaling campaign.  Alexis Ohanian gives us insight through some unexpected repercussions of a “Mister Splashy Pants” whale meme and its surprising success.

What’s the secret to a great social media crusade? It’s simple: LOSE CONTROL!  Spreading awareness across social media puts all control in the hands of day to day social media users.  Sometimes losing that control, can cause a serious message to thrive in an astonishingly silly way.

4. The Happy Secret to Better Work

PR experts know that being average won’t get you far.  Shawn Achor, the CEO of Good Think Inc., believes society pushes us into a norm, and he wants to explore the outliers.  He inspires the audience to think differently about how they view their road to achievement.

With his comedic charm he preaches the steps to rewire our brains into believing happiness can lead us to success.   Next time when your brain is on PR overload, keep in mind that a positive attitude can produce progressive results.

5. How to Make Stress Your Friend

Stress. WOW. I know I don’t even have to say it, but we all can relate to high stress lives, even more so as prospective PR pros.  Kelly McGonigal, a Stanford clinical psychologist, has studied stress and has landed on some amazing discoveries about our thoughts toward our stress levels and how these thoughts can impact our health.

The key is how you look at it! Negative stress can be a killer (literally), but viewing your stress positively can actually cause your body to mimic its reaction to joy and happiness.

-Jillian Kata is a sophomore studying strategic communication. Follow her at @jil_k.

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