Young PR Pros

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow... in Ottawa.

Happy winter solstice. Ottawa got hit pretty hard with a snow storm, but at least we will be enjoying a beautiful white Christmas. Oh, and Kristine now has enough snow to build a snowman.

With only three days before Christmas, Kristine and Julia thought it would be fun to give our listeners a gift for the holidays to thank you for a great year.

Kristine attended the IABC and CPRS Holiday Mixer and went around asking professionals what they think young PR pros should be doing over the holiday break.

This episodes shares all that great advice. Thanks to Alayne Crawford, Amy Harper, Basia VanderveenBrit MocklerLeigh MorrisSam O'gradySherrilynne StarkieStacy Diffin-LafleurStephanie BrooksVictoria Procunier and Wendy Cherwinski for your great advice.

As we reflect on the past year, we want to thank all our loyal listeners for making this podcast such a great success.

We will back in January, but until then have a happy holiday and best wishes for the New Year!

We would love to hear from you. Do you have any ideas for episodes? What topics do you want us to discuss in the New Year? Share your opinion or ideas by leaving a comment on our blog or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinesimpson or @kentjulia.

Direct download: YPP_38_FINAL.mp3
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This week, Kristine Simpson and Julia Kent are joined by Martin Waxman, a digital communications professional and senior counselor at Thornley Fallis & 76design. You may recognize Martin's voice, because Martin is also the co-host, along with Gini Dietrich and Joe Thornley, on Inside PR.

Martin shares with us the recent announcement of a new digital and social media program created by the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, a three-course Certificate in Digital Strategy and Communications Management.

The program launches in January 2013, granted we all survive the end of the world.

The classes are geared to communications and marketing professionals who want to fine tune their skills and learn how to adopt a strategic approach to digital and social networks. The course combines the why and how with hands-on instruction in the tools and the way they work.

U of T has gathered a talented team who will be creating course modules and teaching, including: Eden SpodekMarcus DanielsCyrus Mavalwala, and my good friend Diane Bégin.

You can read more about the certificate on Martin's blog.

Oh, and Martin plans on opening his very own residence for all those who want to crash at his house. Although, I am sure his wife has yet to agree to this plan.

We would love to hear from you. Do you plan on registering for the new certificate? Share your opinion or ideas by leaving a comment on our blog or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinesimpson or @kentjulia.

Direct download: YPP_37_FINAL.mp3
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This week, our hosts, Kristine Simpson and Julia Kent, answer a listener's question about bilingualism in the PR and communications industry in Ottawa, Canada, and offer tips on meeting people in a new city.

Brit Mockler, or @bamcklr as she is known on Twitter, asks:

How important is bilingualism in Ottawa PR jobs and how can I make contacts in new city.

Julia starts by answering the first part of her question. she encourages Brit that even if she doesn't know French, as long as she shows the willingness to learn, she should still be able to get a job in Ottawa.

Kristine on the other hand explains that the majority of communications work she does is in English and is only required to write short emails, do simple interviews and occasionally pitch French journalists in French. Press releases, reports and other big items are always sent to translation. A base of the language is sufficient enough.

Kristine and Julia both agreed that having French is a bonus on your resume, but shouldn't get in your way of landing a job as long as you showcase your true talent and willingness to learn.

As for making new contacts, Julia says Twitter can be a great tool to connect with professionals before and during your transition to a new city.

Julia says: get your name know on Twitter and get your face know through in-person networking.

She also mentions the importance of networking in professional communications associations, such as IABC. Kristine shares her favourite networking story of Kerry Mortimer, past president of IABC Ottawa, and her success of utilizing IABC Canada connections and landing a job by volunteering with IABC Ottawa.

Thanks Brit for sending in your question. If you have a question for Kristine and Julia, send us an email. If you have already sent in a question, stay tuned, your question may be answered in future episodes.

We would love to hear from you. Share your opinion or ideas by leaving a comment on our blog or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinesimpson or @kentjulia.

Direct download: YPP_36_FINAL.mp3
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In August of this year, we started a new series called Who to follow, a series where we profile awesome people on Twitter who deserve your attention. So far we have profiled Jacqueline Gallagher, a senior recruitment consultant at David Aplin Group in Halifax Nova Scotia; and Ross Simmonds, a full-time digital strategist and creator of dreamr.

This week, Kristine Simpson and Julia Kent decided to do a special Who to follow. We think you should follow... drum roll please... the news!

Twitter is an excellent source to grab your news throughout the day. Following credible news outlets on Twitter help you stay up-to-date with the latest news happening in real time. Although the full printed/recorded news story may not come until the following day, news outlets offer a play-by-play of the facts they collect as they build on breaking news stories.

Some of the outlets the hosts of Young PR Pros follow are:

It is important to follow the three levels of news: your hyper local news to find out what in happening in your area and city, your national news to ensure you are current with news that may affect your client/company, and international news, especially if you are interested in international politics and affairs.

Who do you follow on Twitter to keep up-to-date with news?

And again, don't forget to register for the IABC & CPRS: Merry Mix & Mingle happening in Ottawa, Canada on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Young PR Pros will be there with their recorder, as always, asking the questions that matter to young PR professionals.

We would love to hear from you. Share your opinion or ideas by leaving a comment on our blog or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinesimpson or @kentjulia.

Direct download: YPP_35_FINAL.mp3
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