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The Importance of Storytelling: Why do we Love Stories?

Do you remember the 2015 Extra Gum commercial? What if I asked, “do you remember the Extra Gum commercial where two kids fall in love?” If you’ve seen the commercial, then it probably feels like a story you could never forget. That’s because our brains love stories. Stories actually engage more parts of the brain, […]

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Public Relations Lessons Learned from ‘The Bachelorette’

Only weeks ago, nearly six million viewers tuned in for the 2017 season premiere of “The Bachelorette,” on ABC. Nearly six million viewers watched as the beloved Rachel Lindsay met 31 suitors – one of whom could be her future husband. I am not ashamed to say: I love watching “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” […]

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Pitching Your Passion: Advocating for PRSSA through Authentic Storytelling [National Assembly Recap]

Session: Pitching Your Passion: Advocating for PRSSA through Authentic Storytelling Presenters: Tina McCorkindale, CEO, Institute for Public Relations, PRSSA National Faculty Adviser; PRSSA 2016–2017 Vice President of Chapter Development Victoria Leigh Ward; PRSSA 2016–2017 Vice President of Member Services Jon Kovach Jr.; PRSSA 2016–2017 Publications Editor in Chief Krista Watson; PRSSA 2016–2017 Vice President of […]

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How to Write a Killer Job Application [National Conference Recap]

Session: How to Write a Killer Job Application Presenter: Danny Rubin, vice president, Rubin Communications Group Recap: In this session, we learned ways to make ourselves look better to employers when submitting a job application, cover letter, etc. The session was informative, interesting and engaging, and provided lots of great tips and tricks. Rubin told […]

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Strategic Writing for Public Relations Practitioners

As I write in The Public Relations Practitioner’s Playbook for (all) Strategic Communicators our best communicators write and speak to be understood — to express, not to impress. Former presidents Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt adhered (whether subliminally or intentionally) to the adage: “simple-relevant-repetitious.” Two quotes, which have lived on for […]

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3 Ways to Avoid the “Single Story”

Public relations is all about storytelling. If we aren’t creating awareness or framing conversations, we’re busy questioning and seeking out answers in preparation to do one or the other. Why not bring this same frame of mind to our personal and professional interactions?   We are constantly surrounded by people who are different from us. […]

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Telling the Story of Your Personal Brand

Storytelling is one of the many hats public relations practitioners wear. A good story can captivate the audience while a not-so-good story can put them to sleep. As public relations pre-professionals, we are responsible for telling our clients’ stories across a variety of platforms. However, a client’s story is not the only story you should […]

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Learn to Pitch a Story Like a Baseball Player: With Fastballs, Curves and Change-Ups [National Conference Session Recap]

Event: Perfecting the Pitch Presenter: Dr. Joseph V. Trahan III, APR, Fellow PRSA, President and CEO, Trahan & Associates Recap: What is the recipe for a perfect pitch? Like baseball, pitching a story has a certain art and science to it. Public relations demands practitioners who are capable of pitching a great story. For the […]

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The Power of a Storytelling Cover Letter: Q & A with Danny Rubin

Since taking office in June, I’ve had the chance to hear from many of you about your career development questions. You have asked me about resumes; how to find internships, (hint: start with the Internship Center); and writing cover letters. Actually, I’ve received more questions about cover letters than anything else. I took your questions […]

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5 Sobering Truths of Successful Media Pitching

Media pitching is the crown jewel of the public relations industry. It’s also a mysterious art that we develop a lot of questions about as we study the craft. We can’t help but wonder—what’s the reality behind successful media placements? How is it done? What are the secrets? Naturally, there are a lot of people stepping […]

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