Young PR Pros

In 2013, Forbes reported that one in five Americans work from home. That is almost 30 million people who work and live in the same area. For some working at home is a dream come true - you can make your own hours, no pressure of adhering to office politics and you can wear whatever you want. For others, working from home can be a complete disaster, no structure can cause stress and lack of productivity.

Regardless of where you fall, it is important to keep in mind the possibility of working from home as you hunt for a job. More and more public relations and communications agencies are going office-less, take Arment Dietrich as a good example. And with an uncertain job market, a lot of young professionals are starting out their careers as consultants working for themselves.

This week, Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent discuss a few good tips for working at home. We get our inspiration from Cupcakes and Cashmere. Blogger Emily Schuman shares her experiences and top 10 tips for working from home.

They are:

  1. Get dressed every day.
  2. Create a designated work area.
  3. Set hours and stick to them.
  4. Get outside.
  5. Be smart with your money.
  6. Schedule things with other people.
  7. Take advantage of your flexibility.
  8. Keep healthy snacks around.
  9. Have a to-do list.
  10. Keep things tidy.

Catch the entire episode and see which points Kristine and Julia agree with - and see which points can apply to those working in an office setting too!

Share your opinions by writing a comment below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell, or @kentjulia.

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We all get a lot of email every day. Doesn't matter if you are a student or a professional, our inbox fills up very fast. This week, Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent discuss a few simple rules for emailing that will help you get through your inbox faster and more efficiently. We get to hear about some of Julia's pet peeves for fun too!

We get our inspiration this week from an article on Time.com by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg called 9 Rules For Emailing From Google Exec.

The nine rules for emailing are:

Respond quickly.
When writing an email, every word matters, and useless prose doesn’t.
Clean out your inbox constantly.
Handle email in LIFO order (Last In First Out).
Remember, you’re a router.
When you use the bcc (blind copy) feature, ask yourself why.
Don’t yell.
Make it easy to follow up on requests.
Help your future self search for stuff.

Listen to this episode to learn more about the nine rules and find out which ones Kristine and Julia live by.

We want to hear from you! What are your email rules? Are there any of Eric Schmidt's rules you agree/disagree with?

Share your opinions by writing a comment below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell, or @kentjulia.

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This week, our hosts Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent talk about some good PR and how blogger relations made it happen.

Although not a completely new concept in PR and communications, blogger relations has grown into an excellent way to get your message out through a non-traditional gatekeeper. Back in the day, your only gatekeeper was journalists. If you wanted to be featured on the 6 o'clock news, you had to build relationships with the right journalists, editors, producers, etc. Today bloggers can be equally as powerful gatekeepers. In fact, some bloggers have a stronger and more dedicated followings through website hits and social media followers than the local newspaper. As a young professional entering their new career, don't discount the possibilities of a good blogger relations strategy.

To demonstrate the possibilities, Kristine and Julia share their experience as bloggers. Julia shares her experience as a book club blogger and how it landed her an interview on TV as a subject matter expert. Kristine shares her Cardel Homes story. Cardel, a local home builder, invited bloggers and their spouses to truly experience what a Cardel home has to offer - and what better way then to host a small get together complete with wine and delicious food. Bloggers got to experience first hand the versatility of the home. The Cardel example shows PR professionals and communicators that using blogger relations can go beyond the basic "pitch" and the online world.

The other lesson learned here is that young professionals are encouraged to take advantage of the blogger relations trend in PR and communications to make a name for themselves as they build a career. Improve your writing skills and get experience in social media strategies by building your own strategy to gain new followers and readers.

What about you? Have you started a blog to help build your personal brand? Do you have a good blogger relations story to share?

Share your opinions by writing a comment below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell, or @kentjulia.

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In this week's episode hosts Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent talk about how a listener of the show went from podcast listener to career star. We tell you Sharon Cheung's story.

Some of you might recognize Sharon's name. This is not the first time she is mentioned on Young PR Pros. Sharon was the mastermind behind our popular Take uOPRA to Work series in 2013. The series followed four professionals in different PR and communication roles and industries to help new and returning students to the University of Ottawa understand the opportunities available to them after graduation. The series even won a local IABC Ottawa Excel Award in 2014.

Now Sharon works with Kristine at the Canadian Automobile Association. Kristine sits down with Sharon and asks her questions about the interview process. What did she do to put together a compelling resume and cover letter? What did she do to prepare for the interview? What did she include in her portfolio?

This episode is about a real success story. Sharon offers excellent advice on how she went from Young PR Pros listener to career starter.

We want to hear from you! Do you have a success story to tell? Don't be shy, your experience and advice could help other listeners! Share your opinions by writing a comment below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell, or @kentjulia.

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This week, Young PR Pros welcomes new listeners from the FIR podcast network. For our regular listeners you don't need to change anything, you will still continue to receive new weekly episodes through iTunes or Stitcher.

For those who don't know, the FIR podcast network, run by internationally acclaimed communicators Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz, is a collection of business podcasts on niche topics that appeal to communicators in different countries around the world. The anchor show, For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report, is the longest running communications podcast, broadcasting business and communications advice for more than a decade. In 2013, Hobson and Holtz expanded their podcast and created a network of a dozen shows, including the popular Canadian social media podcast Inside PR, hosted by Martin Waxman, Gini Dietrich and Joseph Thornley.

For our first episode on the podcast network, we discuss the definition of the word spin. Some people see this as a four-letter bad word and want it eliminated from our vocabulary. Others see it as a flexible word with the opportunity to bend and change - or spin if you will - the definition.

Hosts, Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent bring in two experts to weigh in on this debate. The first is Elizabeth Gray-Smith, Social Columnist at iPolitics. We caught up with her earlier this year at the uOPRA Let's Grow Together conference and asked her how she felt about the word spin - spoiler, she doesn't think spin needs to be a four-letter bad word.

The second expert is Gini Dietrich, CEO of Arment Dietrich and who is no stranger to the podcast, offers her view on the word spin. If you know Gini at all, you can guess what her opinion was. Here is a hint, she runs a blog called Spin Sucks.

As our hosts easily discover, there is no easy right answer. The good news is that having this conversation is important to making our industry a better place. We have come far from the days of Mad Men, but there is still more work to do.

So what can young professionals do today? Be curious and ask questions. Don't be afraid to stand up to your boss if you are uncomfortable with the task they have given you. Remember, no one gets fired for asking a question. Sometimes that is all it takes, one curious person asking the right question.

What do you think? Do you think we can change the definition? Or should we get rid of the word? Or do you have another solution? We want to hear from you. Share your opinions by writing a comment below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell, or @kentjulia.

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With the first week of back to school almost complete, Kristine D’Arbelles and Julia Kent share a few back-to-school tips and advice for the young PR pros.

You can read about all the tips in detail in this morning’s blog post entitle 4 Back to School Tips for the Successful PR Proo.

If you have something to add to the list, we would love to hear about it. Share your opinions by writing a comment below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell@kentjulia or @mollimegasko.

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This week, our hosts Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent are on vacation. We thank our listeners for their patience and understanding while they take some time to relax, rejuvenate and spend time with family.

So while they soak up the sun, please enjoy this encore presentation of episode 9, which aired on May 29, 2012. A lot of the advice you will hear still applies to the changing PR and communications industry we live in today. Also, enjoy the voice of our past host Molli Megasko, who is still rocking it in New York City! We miss her dearly, but know she is doing awesome work.

Hard skills that matter

During the opening of the show, Kristine talks about a Forbes article called Five Ways to Land that Post-College Job (Even if You Graduated Years Ago). The article offers some great tips that the ladies of Young PR Pros have mentioned in past episodes. The article also serves as a nice recap of some of the great tips shared on this show.

The conversation this week was sparked by a comment left by an avid listener, Sherrilynne Starkieshe asks:

I liked your discussion of important soft skills. But which hard skill do you think are most important for starting a career in PR?

Molli starts off by saying knowing how to work around a content management system is a great hard skill to have. Molli says it is especially important for our generation. She spends a lot of time working on client's websites.

Kristine encourages young pros to learn a little bit of HTML code. This helps format and structure information on a webpage. With everything merging online, this is a skill that will definitely come in handy. Molli adds Facebook coding, or FBML, as an added bonus. Although FBML is being deprecated, learning similar tools that work on Facebook pages such as JavaScript and Social Plugins will put you ahead of the game.

Julia thinks young pros should learn how to use Photoshop or any other photo editing software. Julia and her company use GimpShop a freeware version of Photoshop. These tools are also good to use when wanting to scale down images for web or for email.

Kristine adds audio editing to the list. Although she says it is not an asset, it is a great unique skill to have. Editing audio can help if you are interested in podcasting, or if you want to send a radio journalist a quote from your spokesperson, etc.

Word processing skills are a mandatory hard skill, especially for our generation. Julia says you are valued even more if you are an expert in Word processing tools, that is, really knowing your way around equations in Excel, table of contents in Word, and slide transitions in PowerPoint. A working knowledge is mandatory, but don't put it on a resume, it is assumed and expected you know them.

Finally, Julia mentions languages as a great hard skill to have. We live in a global world. If you can save a company from having to go through another agency due to language barriers, you will be greatly valued. Also, if you plan on working in Canada, the majority of government jobs require you speak both English and French.

Any of these skills can help you stand out among the crowd.

We want to hear from you. What do you think are some good hard skills to have as a young PR pro. Share your opinions by writing a comment below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell@kentjulia or @mollimegasko.

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When was the last time you reminded your boss about a good project you ran? When was the last time you asked for constructive criticism on your writing? How often do you talk up your teammates and colleagues?

This week, Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent discuss mistakes young professionals might be making that are holding back their careers.

Our inspiration this week comes from Fast Company's You're probably making these five mistakes at work. This is not to make you paranoid, in fact, you might not be doing anything wrong, but for peace of mind it is still important to periodically look back at our job and see what we are doing - or not doing - to improve our careers.

Kristine and Julia discuss everything from handling upsets poorly, to the importance of asking questions, to walking the line between self-promotion and team work. Our hosts share their experiences and reveal what mistakes they were making at the beginning of their careers.

We want to hear from you. Will you admit to making any of these mistakes?

Share your comments below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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This week, Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent talk about corporate social responsibility or CSR. For those who are new to this term, CSR is the voluntary activities undertaken by a company to operate in an economic, social and environmentally sustainable manner. CSR not only does good for mother earth and our communities, it can be a great opportunity to emotionally connect with your audience - with the ultimate goal of increasing your bottom line.

Julia kicks it off by sharing what her company does in the realm of corporate social responsibility. MHPM's CSR is not just a communications tactic, but contributes to their service offerings and corporate brand. We find out that the work they put in to CSR directly contributes to increasing their bottom line.

Kristine then shares some examples of other organizations across the world that have embraced corporate social responsibility and have been recognized for their efforts through the 2014 CSR Awards at the National Press Club in Washington. The awards recognized CSR A-List and the latest inductees to the CSR Hall of Fame. Together, these organizations represent top quality work in the domain of CSR communications. If you are ever required to do some brainstorming for your boss around CSR - this is an article you want to read!

We would love to hear from you. What CSR projects have you participated in?

Share your comments below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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Customer service shouldn't be a foreign word to public relations and commuications professionals. Although we might not always be face to face with our organization's customers, their happiness often decides the fate of your communications department and organization.

This week, Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent explore the old saying "the customer is always right" and how it applies to PR and communications.

We got our inspiration from one of our favourite podcasters, Terry O'Reilly, host of CBC's Under The Influence. On Under the Influence, Terry explores the critical shift from a century of overt one-way messaging to a new-world order of two-way dialogue. Most recently, Terry did an episode called Tales of Customer Service. He talked about an amusement park that delivered such superior customer service that other corporations asked for lessons, a shoe company you can order a pizza from and a store that actually accepted a returned product they didn't even sell just to keep their customer happy.

Not only are the stories in Terry's episode fascinating, but it reminds us that good customer service equals good communications, and vise versa. People remember people, not products, so what better way to solidify an emotional relationship with your audience than through good customer service.

We would love to hear your thoughts? Do you have a good/bad customer service story? How do you incorporate customer service in to your strategic plans?

Share your comments below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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This week, Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent share their experiences of good and bad meetings. Public relations and communications is a people industry, so get used to a lot of meetings in your careers.

In this episode we concentrate on in-person meetings - conference calls are a whole other story. As a young professional you might not be the one calling the meeting, but there are certain things you can do to ensure the meetings you attend are efficient and productive.

We pull some of our ideas and advice from an excellent article from lifehacker.com called How to Have a Meeting That Isn't a Complete Waste of Time. The author, Mihir Patkar, gives an extensive review of the good, the bad and the ugly of holding meetings, and offers concrete advice to hosting productive meetings.

We want to here from you. Tell us your horror stories, what was the worst meeting you have ever attended? We also want to hear the good though, what was the best meeting you ever attended?

Also, Young PR Pros will be in Ottawa, Canada on May 28 for Navigate Your PR Career hosted by CPRS Ottawa-Gatineau. If you are a PR or communications student or you have joined the profession in the last five years, then this event is for you. Navigate your PR career gives you insight on searching for a job, both full time and summer internships, and building your career once you are in. Get a chance to meet and network with senior professionals as well as young professionals who can share their experience of the current job market.

Share your comments below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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This week, Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent review an article in Canadian Living by Jackie Middleton called 8 social media mistakes that could damage your career.

Middleton writes:

Social media has made information very accessible, and the worst kind of information can hurt you professionally. One expert shares etiquette tips when it comes to your social media streams.

We explore all eight mistakes and give our own experience and opinion on each. Everything from the obvious rule of not posting nude pictures to the grey areas of adding colleagues on Facebook.

We want to hear from you. Would you add to the list? Is there anything on this list you agree or disagree with?

Share your comments below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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This week Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent continue their conversation with Tara Lapointe.

Tara is a dynamic marketing and communications strategist with more than 15 years experience in the arts and entertainment industries. She is currently the Head of Marketing Communications at the Canada Council for the Arts, Canada's national arts funder, where she leads the public relations, brand and content strategy and translation team. Tara is also the recipient of the "40 Under 40" Award. She is wrapping up a year as VP, Marketing Communications of IABC Ottawa and has recently announced that she is accepting the role of incoming president for the Ottawa chapter.

We asked Tara:

What are your interview pet peeves?

Tara's main pet peeves are:

  1. Disqualifying yourself even before the interview.
  2. No cover letter - no job.
  3. Not telling the hiring manager why you want to work for them.
  4. Mistakes in your cover letter.
  5. Not reaching out to the hiring manager after sending in your resume or job application.
  6. Not doing any research before an interview and coming unprepared.
  7. Not asking questions during an interview. Need ideas for questions, re-listen to episode 20.

But find out why they bug her so much by listening to the entire episode.

We want to hear from you. What are your interview pet peeves? Are there things on Tara's list you agree or disagree with?

Share your comments below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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This week on Young PR Pros, Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent record face-to-face with our guest Tara Lapointe.

Tara is a dynamic marketing and communications strategist with more than 15 years experience in the arts and entertainment industries. She is currently the Head of Marketing Communications at the Canada Council for the Arts, Canada's national arts funder, where she leads the public relations, brand and content strategy and translation team. Tara is the recipient of the "40 Under 40" Award. She is wrapping up a year as VP, Marketing Communications of IABC Ottawa and has recently announced that she is accepting the role of incoming president for the Ottawa chapter.

Our question for Tara was:

What are the benefits of being a PR generalists?

Tara mentions three very important benefits:

  1. Being able to adapt to the next opportunity
  2. Being able to adapt and relate to a large communications team
  3. Being a specialist can limit you in the onset of your career

Tara closed the episode with her advice for young professionals:

Be open, explore widely and don't be afraid to ask questions.

We would love to hear from you. Are you a generalist? Or are you a specialists? How has either role help you shape and grow your career?

Share your comments below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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Young PR Pros host, Julia Kent, is a popular girl on the University of Carleton campus. For the fourth year in a row she has been invited to speak as part of a three-person panel at the School of Journalism alongside Lauren More, vice-president of communications with Ford Canada and Carrie Bendzsa, brand systems and external communications leader at IBM Canada.

The hour-long panel is full of great tips and advice for young professionals who are currently studying journalism making the transition to public relation or communications. So much information, that Young PR Pros has announced a new four-episode series called From Journalism to PR. Over the next month keep your eyes out and your ears pealed for more tips and advice that we gathered from this excellent panel.

In episode 3, we talk about the infamous PR title. We answer your most common question: what is in a PR title? The world of public relations, communications and marketing is mixing, melding and expanding. Today, a title is just that - a title.

First, we play a clip from the panel where each individual shares their titles and a brief description of what they do in a regular day. As you will hear, there is very little correlation between tasks during an average day and the person's title.

The most important lesson learned out of this episode is to make sure you do your research when applying for jobs. The job description and title might only just scratch the surface of an average day in that role. Interview others in the organization, or ask the person interviewing you to give you a brief synopsis of an average day in their role.

We would love to hear from you. What is your title? Does it reflect your day-to-day tasks?

Share your comments below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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As our listeners heard a few weeks ago, host Kristine D'Arbelles got to attend the CPRS student event in Ottawa called Behind the PR Scenes – an evening with Jim Watson. She was lucky enough to get a few moments with the Mayor where she could ask him one question. She asked:

Have you ever regretted sending a tweet?

In this week's episode, we share the Mayor's answer, and like the good politician he is, he says there was no single tweet he regretted. However, he did mention he regretted getting in to long conversations with people who he knew wouldn't change their mind, conversations that belabor a point and don't help anyone.

Kristine and Julia talk about our response to the Mayor's answer, the psychology of communicating and the questions you should ask when communicating with a non-respective audience.

But we want to hear from you, have you ever regretted sending a tweet? How did you react? Did you delete the post? Apologize?

Share your comments below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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For the eighth semester in a row, Young PR Pros host, Julia Kent, was invited to speak as part of a three-person panel at the University of Carleton School of Journalism alongside Lauren More, vice-president of communications with Ford Canada and Carrie Bendzsa, brand systems and external communications leader at IBM Canada.

The hour-long panel is full of great tips and advice for young professionals who are currently studying journalism making the transition to public relation or communications. So much information, that Young PR Pros has announced a new four-episode series called From Journalism to PR. Over the next month keep your eyes out and your ears pealed for more tips and advice that we gathered from this excellent panel.

In this week's episode, episode 2, we talk about the valued skills journalists bring to a PR role.

  1. Writing, writing, and writing
  2. Networking
  3. Video, audio and image editing skills

These skills are all very important to be a successful journalist, but an even more successful PR or communications professional.

We also do a quick book review on the newly released Spin Sucks by Gini Dietrich. Check out Kristine's blog post earlier this week that gives you many reasons to acquire and read this amazing book for PR and communication professionals.

Stay tuned to episode 3 where we will discuss the various titles PR professionals use to describe their job; and we take a walk through the day in the life of each of our panelists.

We want to hear from you. Did you attend the panel in Ottawa? Are you a journalists who switched to PR? If so, how did you manage the transition?

Share your comments below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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For the eighth semester in a row, Young PR Pros host, Julia Kent, was invited to speak as part of a three-person panel at the University of Carleton School of Journalism alongside Lauren More, vice-president of Communications with Ford Canada and Carrie Bendzsa, brand systems and external communications leader at IBM Canada.

The hour-long panel is full of great tips and advice for young professionals who are currently studying journalism making the transition to public relation or communications. So much information, that Young PR Pros has announced a new five-episode series called the Carleton University Panel Series. Over the next month keep your eyes out and your ears pealed for more tips and advice that we gathered from this excellent panel.

In this week's episode, episode 1, we highlight the beginnings of the careers of the panelists, where did they get their star? And how did they transition to the industry of public relations of communications. Be it accidental or on purpose, all three panelists agreed that networking, timing and ceasing opportunities are key to being a successful young professional.

Stay tuned to episode 2 where we talk about competencies that journalism students can bring to a PR or communications role. We also take a walk through an average day of each panelist.

We want to hear from you. Did you attend the panel in Ottawa? Are you a journalists who switched to PR? If so, how did yo manage the transition?

Share your comments below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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This week, hosts Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent expand on a recent Spin Sucks article titled Kelly Blazek Proves Communicators Have One Chance to Get it Right by Gini Dietrich.

The articles talks about how a senior communicator sent a very nasty reply to a young communicator looking to build a relationship. The email shocked Kristine and Julia, because Young PR Pros has been preaching the importance of building a strong network with all levels of communicators. The young professional happened to be moving to a new city and heard that the senior communicator, who also happens to an IABC communicator of the year, would make a great connection as she searched for a new job in a new city. The email response she got was not what any young professional would expect. The senior communicator called her invitation to connect inappropriate and tacky.

Young PR Pros completely disagrees with the senior communicator. In this episode we share our reasons why this story should not deter young professionals from building a network with all levels of communicators. As long as it is done respectfully. Remember, none of us got to where we are alone, including senior communicators.

We want to hear from you. What are your experiences connecting with senior communicators?

Share your comments below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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It will happen to the best of us, eventually we will all make mistakes in our career, be it a typo, a misinterpreted quote, etc. But we can all rise up from our mistakes by learning from them.

Host, Julia Kent regales Kristine D'Arbelles with a story of how a typo caused a bit of a crisis in her office. She shares her experience and lessons learned on how she overcame her mistakes.

The important lesson to take away from Julia's story, is that our superiors are very understanding if we own up to our mistakes and promise to fix them.

We want to hear from you, did you ever make a big mistake in your career? What about a typo in a homework assignment? Did you fail? What are your lessons learned?

Share your comments below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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Young PR Pros sponsored and attended Let's Grow Together 2014, hosted by the University of Ottawa Public Relations Association (uOPRA). The event encouraged students to learn about different industries within public relations and communications.

Roving reporter Kristine D'Arbelles spoke with key speakers and asked them how young PR and communications professionals entering their career today can make our industry better tomorrow.

We interviewed:

  • Carrie Croft, National Communications Manager FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015
  • Elizabeth Gray-Smith, Social Columnist at iPolitics
  • Emily Scarlett, Communications and Press Manager of H&M Canada
  • Mark Monahan, Executive and Artistic Director of Ottawa Bluesfest and Ottawa Folkfest
  • Ryan Kennery, Jim Watson’s Press Secretary

You can catch full interviews with all these speakers and more on Young PR Pros's YouTube page.

We would love to hear from you. Share your comments below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent come back for a second episode this week. We talk about continuing formal education after graduation. It doesn't always have to be university or college courses, there are plenty of other ways to continue learning in a formal setting.

Kristine and Julia share what they have done to keep up with trends in communications since their graduation. Julia, as the book club president, encourages young professionals to read. Kristine talks about professional development events and conferences.

Speaking of conferences, Young PR Pros will be sponsoring the University of Ottawa Public Relations Association (uOPRA) conference Let’s Grow Together 2014 Conference. The event encourages students to learn about different industries within Public Relations and Communications, similar to the Take uOPRA to Work Day series. Our key speakers and their respective industries include:

  • Ryan Kennery, Jim Watson’s Press Secretary discussing government relations
  • Elizabeth Gray-Smith, Social Columnist at iPolitics discussing corporate PR
  • Mark Monahan, Executive and Artistic Director of Ottawa Bluesfest and Ottawa Folkfest representing the music industry
  • Emily Scarlett, Communications and Press Manager of HM Canada
  • Carrie Croft, National Communications Manager FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 discussing sports in PR

To learn more or buy tickets visit the conference website.

Kristine will be a roving reporter for the podcast, interviewing speakers and attendees. If you are attending the conference, make sure to say hi to Kristine.

We would love to hear from you. Share your comments below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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This week Kristine D’Arbelles and Julia Kent talk about crisis communications. We concentrate on a recent crisis that happened in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. You can read the story of the pipe bomb here.

However, we are not here to judge whether or not the passenger should have been allowed to board the plane, we talk about how the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) reacted to the crisis.

But, we don’t always want to dwell on the bad news. Young PR Pros is asking our listeners to share their stories of good examples of crisis communications. We will put together an episode in the coming weeks that highlights the positive lessons learned from organizations or individuals that handled a crisis properly. Don’t forget to share your ideas!

In this episode, we also talk about journalism integrity. The media might seem like it is always out to get your company, but in reality, there are journalists out there that follow good ethics. Yes, there might be some bad apples, but so doesn’t communications. Young PR Pros wants to give a shout out to our colleagues on the other side of communications and thank them for helping us spread the good message about our organizations, for telling the fun stories that help our organizations grow. We hope that we can return the favour by always being honest and, as much as possible, available for comment.

Share your ideas of good crisis communications, or share a story of how you worked well with our journalism colleagues. You can share your comments below, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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Welcome 2014! As our first episode of 2014, we talk about a not-so-secret multi-million dollar business. The business of fake Facebook likes and Twitter followers.

The CBC reported that celebrities, businesses and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore "click farms," where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers.

Since Facebook launched almost 10 years ago, users have sought to expand their social networks for financial gain, winning friends, bragging rights and professional clout. And social media companies cite the levels of engagement to tout their value. So today, hosts Kristine D'Arbelles and Julia Kent talk about the ethics of fake social activity.

We want to hear what you think about fake social activity. Do you support it? Have you seen examples of it?

As always, you can post a comment below or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or on Pinterest, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinedarbell or @kentjulia.

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