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How to Network When Meeting People Is Your Biggest Fear

Do you get anxious when you’re in public? Do you fear meeting new people and imagine the awkward silence, how you’ll end up saying something wrong, or else? Do you prefer to avoid communication and the chance of rejection? If that’s you, you’re not alone. If you’re a bit shy, aren’t a people person, are […]

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Pat Ford’s Top Tips for Building Relationships

This summer I had the rare treat of working down the hall from a public relations great, Pat Ford, vice chairman and chief client officer at Burson-Marsteller. The recipient of the Milestones in Mentoring Legacy Award from the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations and recipient of 2016 Institute for Public Relations (IPR) Alexander […]

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Because I Said So: 7 Reasons You Should Become a PRSSA Member

The beginning of a new school year is prime time to try new things, get involved in extracurricular activities and establish a routine. This time of year, you aren’t yet fatigued by classes and have energy for the semester ahead. If you haven’t already, I challenge you to become a PRSSA member by joining an […]

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7 Steps to Help Build Your Network

Networking plays an important role in public relations. Being good at networking can help land you your next job, gather information about an industry or introduce you to professionals who can offer advice about advancing your career. Here are seven ways to help improve your networking skills. 1. Attend as many events as you can. […]

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Coffee and Networking: A Match Made in Public Relations Heaven

If there is one thing that new public relations professionals and college students know well, it is coffee. Coffee is the fuel that helps us wake up and power through our busy days of social media managing, press release writing and event planning. It is rare to find a public relations person without their favorite […]

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How to Stay Involved During the Summer Months Without an Internship

Working as a full-time summer camp counselor is certainly not the same as completing a public relations internship, and neither is completing an online biology course. Despite having a full-time job, taking classes, and participating in other activities, there are many ways you can work on your public relations skills without an internship this summer. […]

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Connecting Across Chapters: How to Host a Relationship-Building Workshop

It’s a new school year, a new executive board and a new start for every PRSSA Chapter. How can a Chapter spice things up to keep its members interested and engaged? The answer lies in what public relations students do best – communication. Or more specifically, communication between Chapter. The University of Alabama PRSSA Chapter […]

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Mingle Tactics: Networking Made Easy

Networking events are one of the best ways to improve your odds of landing an internship, a job or at least a mentor. They are the quintessential way to put yourself in front of the people who will help you succeed in your objectives. Unfortunately, these events can procure awkward moments. The awkward feeling stems […]

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City Series: Building a Network in the Robust Charlotte Public Relations Landscape

Four years ago, I was a Virginia Tech graduate (and former PRSSA member) with a public relations degree in hand, hoping to relocate and claim a spot for myself in Charlotte’s public relations industry. After six weeks of job searching, I succeeded and found myself in a city full of opportunity, ambition and creativity. I’m […]

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Which Came first, the Internship or the Experience?

Obtaining an internship is no easy task. It takes a certain set of skills and a polished resume to land an internship that will (hopefully) guide you to the career of your choice. But what happens when you don’t have the skills necessary for the internship that you want? As a young student in PRSSA, […]

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