Young PR Pros (general)

This week, Kristine D'Arbelles (no, this is not a new host - remember, Kristine got married) and Julia Kent talk about peer pressure.

Often times as young professionals we feel intimidated in a meeting room with senior managers and vice presidents. When asked our opinion, we might bite our tongue and go with the room to please everyone. However, this is not always good for you and your career, or even for the company you work for.

We got this week's topic idea from Big Leap Creative in their article titled What 5th Grade Peer Pressure Can Teach Us About Achieving SuccessLisa Gerber shares the story of how her sister went against her whole classroom because she knew she was right.

She was proud of herself back then for taking the risk and being the only one in the room to raise her hand for the right answer. It’s too bad, she said, that she only did it 80 percent of the time, but she couldn’t muster the nerve all five times. It’s much easier to go with the majority and she had run out of energy.

Kristine and Julia talk about stricking the balance between observing from your senior managers and sharing your opinion when you feel they are wrong. We have to be honest with ourselves, we are less experienced, so we might be wrong in our thinking and trusting those with more experience can pay off. However, a fresh pair of eyes sometimes is exactly what a communications project needs.

It is important to find the right balance and that is why we recommend finding a work place that allows you to freely share your opinion and ideas as well as explains why your ideas might or might not work.

We want to heat from you. Did you ever speak up during a meeting to share your opinion. How was it received? You can post your 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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Kristine Simpson and Julia Kent are back recording. The big news this week is Kristine just got married! She had a beauitful wedding and couldn't be happier with how things turned out. 

Now that she is married, she has decided to changer her name and assume her new husband's last name: D'Arbelles. 

Julia interview Kristine and asks her about the opportunity and challenges of changing your name. We also explore some tips and advice if you happen to decide to one day change your name too. 

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Kristine Simpson and Julia Kent are back at it this week. After completing a four-part series called Take uOPRA to Work Day, we learned you can apply your communications in a variety of different fields. In this episode, we talk about how those communications skills might be worth more - or less - than you thought.

The popular online PR news site, PR News, published an article called The Surprising Ways PR Compensation Is Not Keeping Up With Emerging Skill sets, which talks about how some of the popular skills used in today's communications role, might not be the essential element for career advancement.

Here is a brief recap of which PR skills are perceived as most important for career advancement. However, remember, as Julia and Kristine discuss, these numbers might change as our generation advances.

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This episode sponsored by the University of Ottawa Public Relations Association (uOPRA) features Nicolas Ruszowski of Fleishman-Hillard alongside uOPRA President Sharon Cheung and Young PR Pros host Kristine Simpson.

Releasing the fourth and final episode of our 4-episode podcast, Take uOPRA to Work Day, we were thrilled to sit down and chat with the cool, calm and collective Nicolas Ruszowski, the esteemed senior vice president, partner and general manager of the Fleishman-Hillard's Ottawa office, to discuss public affairs and what is expected of students in the government relations industry. His honest telling of what to expect gives great insight to students on portfolios, contacting professionals and even in health communications

Being a conservative government city, Ottawa offers many public sector job opportunities. Take advantage and lead the crowd through listening in on Nic's solid advice.

Thank you for listening in our special podcast series, Take uOPRA to Work Day! This is the last episode to our four-part series of zoning in on different industries within PR. For more information on the uOttawa Public Relations Association please visit their blog, uopra.ca, where their students offer course reviews, PR company spotlights and PR event reviews (such as the recent Calypso PR Crisis and of the CPRS National Conference - Conversations 2013).

We want to hear from you. How did you enjoy the series? Do you have questions for any of our guest hosts? You can post your 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@kristinesimpson or @kentjulia.

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This episode sponsored by the University of Ottawa Public Relations Association (uOPRA) features Ian Capstick of MediaStyle alongside uOPRA President Sharon Cheung and Young PR Pros host Kristine Simpson.

Releasing our third episode of our 4-episode podcast, Take uOPRA to Work Day, we were thrilled to sit down and chat with Ian, who has published works in the Ottawa Citizen, the Globe and Mail and PostMedia newspapers across Canada, to name a few, and is a regular on CBC’s Power and Politics.

Sharon asks Ian what MediaStyle looks for when recruiting new team members. Ian mentions government relations and we discuss unpaid internships.

A unique feature of MediaStyle is that they offer workshops for clients and students to learn about various topics such as video production and social media. Join in on the episode to learn more and make sure to listen in to our last edition to the podcast series.

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Take uOPRA to Work Day will send you all off featuring Nicolas Ruszowski of an international leading PR firm, Fleishman-Hillard discussing the PR industry that is government relations.

Visit www.uopra.ca for more information on the uOttawa side of the PR program here in Ottawa. The blog includes Communication course reviews, company spotlights, and event reviews such as the CPRS 2013 National Conference, Conversations 2013.

We want to hear from you. How are you enjoying the series? Do you have questions for our guest hosts? You can post your 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@kristinesimpson or @kentjulia.

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What does it take to succeed in the PR Fashion Industry? Since joining the Ottawa Fashion Week (OFW) team in 2011, Operations Manager Payton Kennedy has seen many changes in the PR Coordinator role. 
One thing remains true: the position involves an industrious character. OFW invites Young PR Pros into the world of publicity and catwalk preparation as it celebrates its 10th season for our four-part series, Take uOPRA to Work Day. We talk about some skills that come along with the position. With 17 designers currently on the Spring/Summer 2014 roster, Payton gives Young PR Pros hosts Kristine SimpsonJulia Kent and uOttawa PR Association (uOPRA) President Sharon Cheung some insight on how this volunteer-based event flourishes.

To read the full article, visit our blog at youngprpros.ca.

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As the summer comes to a close and a new semester begins, students start gearing up for the back to school rush and prepare for a successful year of studies. For the month of September, Kristine Simpson and Julia Kent, hosts of Young PR Pros, have teamed up with the uOttawa PR Association (uOPRA) and executive member Sharon Cheung to discuss PR in four industries within the profession. Take uOPRA to Work Day is a four-part podcast series that serves as a resource for better understanding the industries of technology, lifestyle and entertainment, communications agencies and government relations.

This week, Kristine, Julia and Sharon kick off the series with MediaMiser’s HR Manager, Shirley Schiavo, who will be giving some insight into the recruitment process and important skills and experience. Located here in Ottawa, MediaMiser specializes in media monitoring and analysis. MediaMiser’s software collects and manages news coverage from traditional (newspaper, television) and social media (Facebook, Twitter) sources. Shirley, who graduated from Public Relations at Algonquin College, has a strong understanding of what the hybrid tech and PR company is seeking in new team members.

As Take uOPRA to Work Day spotlights four industries within PR, we ask Shirley about major differences between PR in technology and PR in other industries such as Fashion, Music and Government.

Looking to build your library of books? Shirley names a few key people and books to follow if you want to work in PR in the technology industry!

Next week’s we take a look at the industry of lifestyle and entertainment. While this can be a broad topic in itself, we concentrate on the fashionista listeners out there. We will be featuring Ottawa Fashion Week as their Spring/Summer 2014 show approaches.

We want to hear from you. How are you enjoying the series? Do you have questions for our guest hosts? You can post your 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@kristinesimpson or @kentjulia.

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This week, Kristine Simpson and Julia Kent talk about Gini's Dietrich blog post about Six Tips for Better Public Speaking.

Julia starts with her pet peeve: death by power point. Julia stresses the important of less text and more images on your slides. Kristine shares her advice that each slide should represent one idea. She encourages professionals to look at their presentation and figure out what the main messages, or the key take aways. Then make sure to have a slide per take away. It is okay to have only three slides for a 45 minute presentation.

And, when thinking of take aways, Gini Dietrich encourages professionals to think in tweets when they present. Julia says she still remembers key take aways from Gini's presentation about Marketing in the Round because her messages were clear and concise.

And finally, Kristine and Julia discussed the importance of a title and a good description for young or young at heart professionals doing presentations at events or conferences.

What are your tips for the perfect presentation? What do you do to prepare for a presentation?

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What if the rules we've been taught to live and build our careers and companies around were no longer valid?

A heavy and scary question for some, that could mean the complete overhaul of how we look at life as we know it. This week, Young PR Pros hosts, Kristine Simpson and Julia Kent, explore the new life rules with Mitch Joel. Mitch is the author of Control Alt Delete: Reboot your business, Reboot your life, Your future depends on it. Mitch, named the Rock Star of Digital Marketing and one of North America's leading digital visionaries, is also the president of Twist Image, one of the largest independent digital marketing agencies in North America.

We start the episode off by taking about how the way we work and do business is moving faster than most of us can follow. Mitch offers his insight in to how we can navigate and adapt to the fundamental changes in society today.

As a follow up to a question Gini Dietrich asked in an Inside PR episode, where Mitch shared a story about a professional who had it all - the American/Canadian dream - yet she was not happy, Kristine asks if the "American" or in our case the "Canadian" dream dead, what should young professionals do when starting out their careers? Mitch offers some great advice, most notably, don't think lineally. In today's career landscape, the average professional might have five to six career changes in a lifetime. This should not be scary, says Mitch, but an exciting new way to experience lots of different opportunities.

Then we switch gears a bit, Julia asks Mitch about the experience of writing a book. A fascinating tale of unique surprises and hard work. However, Mitch reminds us that any project worth doing, is a project that should be daunting. And if you set yourself up for success, you will be successful.

We end the show with a discussion about the importance of networking and being part of a professional association. Julia asks about Mitch's involvement in the Canadian Marketing Association. Mitch is a huge advocate of getting engaged in your community and your industry. He reminds young professionals to go in to an association not with the mentality of what will "I" get out of this, but what can I bring to the association and to the people I meet.

A most fascinating conversation this week indeed. Thank you Mitch for coming on the show and sharing your insight. If you are interested in reading Mitch's latest book, you can purchases it on Amazon. Also, thank you Gini for making the connection. We love you Gini!

And thank you, as always, to our listeners. We want to hear from you. What do you think of the current world we live in. What fundamental changes have you experienced in your quest for a career?

You can post your 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@kristinesimpson or @kentjulia.

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This week, Kristine Simpson and Julia Kent welcome William Johnson back to the show as a guest host to talk about morning routines.

William, or better known as @socialeccentric on Twitter, surveyed more than 20 young professionals in the Ottawa, Canada area and asked how the best of us start off are days.

The Results

About 30 per cent of the respondents reported being up by 6:00 a.m. or earlier, as a result of an alarm or perhaps a pet or a significant other. William was surprised to hear that a plurality of them workout first, before anything else when they wake up, including Kristine (when she is not too tired). Julia and Will think Kristine is just crazy!

Consuming coffee, walking dogs, and checking emails and social media also rank first in many of the task lists. Over half made note of specific breakfast dishes they prepare, with eggs, fruit, yogurt and smoothies listed as the food items of choice. And 35 per cent claimed to check their work email before they actually get to work. And as expected over 60 per cent consume coffee or tea.

What is the proper way to wake up then?

The discussion during this week's podcast truly revealed that everyone is different. Despite the countless articles out there that talk about how the right way to start your day and how the top executives wake up, the important thing to remember is to think about your energy and figure out what makes you productive.

Will says that the best way to figure out the routine right for you is to test things out. Luckily, the average person has more than 25,000 mornings to test wake up routines.

Julia was left with just one question at the end of the show... WWGD, which translates as What Would Gini Do. How does Gini start her morning, check it out on Spin Sucks.

We want to hear about your morning routine. How do you wake up? Post your 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@kristinesimpson or @kentjulia.

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