Young PR Pros podcast (general)

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?

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 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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This week, Kristine Simpson and Julia Kent talk about the power of body language and how it can shape who you are.

We pull this week's topic from a TED Talk by Amy Cuddy a social psychologist and a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people from the classroom to the boardroom.

Body language is a powerful thing, says Cuddy. The facial expression of a politician can affect 72 per cent of his or her vote outcomes, emoticons used in online negotiation can lead you to claim more value from that conversation if used properly. But more importantly, our body language affects how we feel about ourselves and then reflects that image back to the world.

First we discuss how your body posture during an interview can make or break your chances of getting a job.

We then discuss Cuddy's concept of power posing. In her TED Talk, she talks about how there is a slight gender gap when it comes to nonverbal cues. Cuddy watches her students walk in to class and see the men try to occupy a lot of space, and stick their hand way up in the air, while the women calapse on themselves. This attributed directly to their marks - those who showed strong power posing had higher marks. So Cuddy asked herself, if you change your posture and fake your posture to a more power posing posture, will your brain interpret that as confidence?

To test her hypothesis, Cuddy had people come in and for two minutes sit in a power posing position. The individual's testosterone level - which is the chemical in your body that increases when you feel more confident or powerful - increased by 20%. Just by sitting in a certain position.

Kristine and Julia wrap up the show by sharing how their posture helps their self-esteem. Julia mentions that it is more than just posture, but there are pre-interview routines you can follow to help you increase your confidence before an interview.

You can view the entire TED Talk with Amy Cuddy here.

Do you have a pre-interview routine that helps you walk in to an interview with confidence? 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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Do you ever get a random connection request on LinkedIn? It is from someone who have never heard or. Or perhaps it someone you don't remember meeting. Are you the type of person who just hits accept, or are you more guarded with your LinkedIn network?

Young PR Pros' good friend William Johnson, Mr. @socialeccentric on Twitter, recently wrote an article in Career Options Magazine about what to do with LinkedIn requests from people you’ve never met.

Kristine Simpson and Julia Kent discuss the subject and give their experience with adding the unknown LinkedIn connections.

We also discuss the difference between a valuable network online network versus a large empty network.

But we want want to hear about your experiences. What do you do when you get an unknown LinkedIn connection? 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 respond to a question from our good friend and devoted listener Sarah Bustard. She asks:

Sarah Bustard @sarahbustard
@YoungPRPros Looking for topics? I'd be interested in hearing @Kristinesimpson and @kentjulia's thoughts on this bit.ly/12eeREz

The article entitled Communications Strategists Deliberated on 60 Million in Cuts at Environment Canada, talks about how communicators were invited to attend a c-suite and major business meeting in order to be better prepared.

First Kristine and Julia talk about the positives of having communicators in these meetings. They also discuss how young communicators can work their way in to these meetings.

“This allowed an analysis of communication issues, stakeholder reactions and public perception to be weighed during the consideration of each and every proposal and had the added advantage of having communications staff familiar with the proposals, and ready to hit the ground running once the decisions were announced.”

Then, Kristine reacts to the negative stereotypes of the industry and gives her rebuttal to how some believe that communicators are simple there to communicate the decision and have no place in contributing to the business decisions.

“That sounds a bit backwards to me,” said Gary Corbett, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, which represents about 60,000 government scientists and professionals. “It’s wrong for communications people to be involved in deciding what decisions to make. Communications people are there to communicate the decisions after they’re made. It seems the government is just being political rather than (doing) what’s in the best interests of Canadians.”

We want to hear from you. Where do you stand? Should communicators be included in c-suite level meetings? And what are your suggestions to helping young professionals get in to those meetings too? 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, hosts Kristine Simpson and Julia Kent talk about the ways the job search has changed. Your parents may have instilled job searching lessons in you as a child, but some of those lessons no longer apply.

In a Huffington Post article written by Joshua Waldman called 10 Ways The Job Search Has Changed, it says job searching has changed dramatically over the past few years. If you want to succeed, you’ll have to take a much different approach than you did previously.

Kristine and Julia comment on a few points in the article:

  1. Google has replaced the resumé. SEO is more important today than it ever was. Kristine shares some tricks on how you can make sure you look good on Google.
  2. A summary of your work history is enough. As mentioned in episode 53, there are 2000-3000 new PR and communications graduates every year in Canada. It is a competitive world out there, so summarize in a cover letter or at the top of your résumé why you should be the chosen candidate.
  3. Relationships come first, resumés second. Julia reminds the audience that the majority of PR/communications/marketing jobs are achieved by who you know and not what you know. Young PR Pros gives a bunch of useful tips on networking and building relationships in episode 48.
  4. Employers only care about what they want. Kristine reminds young pros your job search is not about you, but about the company. The best way to get a job is to find out what the company's business goals are and show how you could fulfill that need.
  5. Work gaps aren't big problems. Julia shares her work background to demonstrate that a diverse background with a few breaks can actually be good for your job search.
  6. And finally, Kristine errs on the side of caution when reading number 3: social proof is a must. Although it is nice to have letters of recommendations, Kristine doesn't beieve in LinkedIn endorsements, she shares her reasons and gives young pros other alternatives to social proof.

We want to hear from you. What is missing from this list? How do you think the job search has changed over the years? 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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