I had the opportunity to be featured on Strut in her Shoes' podcast, Strut Talk. On this week's episode, host Erikka Yvonne and I discuss how to regain our time in 2018, advice for communications/public relations students or freelancers, and what you can do to live a stress-free reclaimed life!
Strut in her Shoes is "a platform for women with an overcoming story. We serve as the mouthpiece for countless women bold and ready to share their journey and personal stories of perseverance through setbacks, turned triumphant victories."
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I am eternally grateful for any and all opportunities to share my story and give advice in return. Hope you enjoy it! If you do, make sure you subscribed on iTunes and/or Soundcloud.
No matter what profession or field we are in, we need to constantly build relationships with the people around us and beyond. Networking, social media, face to face communication does that for us. Having general and tailored conversations help foster relationships with others and make meaningful connections.
Essentially, that is the bulk of what public relations is. As someone who studied this subject in undergrad, I always get asked questions like: what is it, what does it entail and isn't it similar to marketing? So I’m here today to answer general questions + give more insight.
After a three-year hiatus, #MoxieFriday is back and better than ever. This series of interviews aim to showcase twentysomething millennial women who live in their MOXIE through their professional and personal careers. These women show up for others and make sure they are adding an impact into the womanhood they see around them and globally through social media.
Shauna Frampton, a fellow PR girl, beauty blogger, and Black Bloggers United member, is first on the list. Keep reading below to hear all about Shauna!
In the world of public relations, every PR student + professional has to communicate well. Regardless of the career field, everyone should have strong communication skills, verbal + written. Writing is essential; employers want employees who can write, communicate, and work effectively. These three traits go together.
PR works with clients to build relationships with their specified public. PR professionals, at some point + time, write the following items to promote their clients. Some of those items include press releases, pitch letters, media kits, social media, blogging, + other media outlets, and other writing experiences + internships. The specified public wants to read well written + organized documents. Without this, clients might lose relationships, trust or loyalty with the public. Here are three tips to help:
Are there ways you improve your writing daily? Share your tips below or on Twitter, @JailynGlass.
Round two of #MoxieFridays. This is a mini-series where The Moxie Playbook features women striving in their fields + passions. These women share how they are paving their ways into their passions + finding an uncomfortable in a comfortable world through various outlets, such as blogs, field work, + social medias. We are shedding a light on one women, one week at a time. Today, we feature Brea Allen.
Brea Allen is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she obtained a degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. She is a self-proclaimed “Music and Pop Culture enthusiast” and loves all things including: awkward moments, positivity and Beyonce. When she's not on the post grad job hunt, she's blogging at AllSheWrotePR.BlogSpot.com.
1. Tell us about yourself.
I'm a 24 year-old post grad living in Atlanta by way of Florida. I grew up in one of the best times ever, and basically everything I do is for “the 99 and the 00's”. Since graduating I've started blogging and I've even started interning at a few PR agencies. I'm a believer of the saying “speak it into existence and it shall be done” because I've seen it happen!
2. Why did you create your blog, All She Wrote?
After job searching for months, I started getting on Twitter, reading articles on life after college and following people who had a PR background/were in school for PR. Through them I found that a large majority had an online portfolio and a blog. Then I read a few post-grad articles discussing how blogging allows you to have something to show for yourself when applying to jobs/internships. And I was sold!
3. Do you have any advice for upcoming bloggers/brand creators? + advice post-graduation?
Do your research/ seek advice from other bloggers before starting your own. The whole “starting a blog journey” is not as easy as you think. I sure thought it'd be easier! Once I realized I wanted to have a brand, I thought about my passions and how I could connect them to my audience (I hope I've stayed true to that). So I ended up changing my blog name four times and even moved from Tumblr to Wordpress to Blogger. Lol it was a mess because I didn't do any research on anything.
Also, time management is a huge factor! I'm still working on this skill. When I originally started my blog, I told myself that I'd keep up with it for at least a year and see where things should go from there. Unfortunately life happened and my blog has suffered a little. But I plan on coming back soon :)
As for post-grad life, I would suggest using that time wisely. While waiting to put your degree to use, try thinking of what your passions are and figure out how you can turn them into a paycheck.
4. What would be your absolute dream career if money were no object?
My dream career would work in/around anything music and pop culture! Those are two of my passions and I'd LOVE to have a career involving them both. Also, it would be great to get an opportunity working with/under Beyonce's PR team. Those people are geniuses! (If you're reading this, Miss Yvette call/tweet me!)
5. In the PR world, how crucial is it to network?
In public relations networking is SUPER important! In case your university hasn't stressed this to you, once you graduate, you'll realize that it's definitely a relationship-based industry. Start your internships/creating opportunities to meet PR pro's in your area, go to PRSSA meetings, do all that you can while you're in undergrad!
6. How would you describe your personal style?
In my head, my style is like some styles you see on Pinterest, but my budget just won't allow me to be great! Haha, but I'm a neutral kind of girl...my friends and family are currently working with me to step into 2014. Lol
7. In such a fast pace society, how do you stay current?
I stay current by reading theSkimm! It's a great way to get your daily news stories! I also read PR Daily, Mashable, Necole Bitchie and Madame Noire when I get the chance. And because of a great thing called social media, Instagram and Twitter keep me pretty current too.
8. Our motto is finding an uncomfortable place in a comfortable world, do you believe this is true?
Absolutely! Nothing great comes from staying your comfort zone. Even for me, public speaking is a MAJOR fear of mine (I even managed to dodge the class in undergrad). Since completing internships, I can't say that I still don't get anxiety, but I know I need to conquer it so I can grow as a communications professional.
9. Anything else to add?
My last point is kind of random, but if you've read until this last question I ask that you go out and give someone a compliment, write a letter/send a card to an unsuspecting loved one or even go to lunch with someone without checking your phone often. Just try random acts of kindness. No matter how big or small, the person on the receiving end will feel appreciated and you'll feel great for making someone's day. :)
Thank you, Brea, for sharing your background, knowledge, + a fear. Transparency is a great tool to have in PR. Everyone is not perfect. Finding that one or two flaws + fixing them will make you a better professional in PR + person in life. #TheMoxiePlaybook appreciates you sharing with us + other readers.
You can follow Brea on Twitter, @BreaJAllen, and read her blog, AllSheWrotePR.blogspot.com.
Come back next week for more post + another #MoxieFriday feature on The Moxie Playbook.
Many of us vision to create businesses + outlets that will help, inspire, + encourage other individuals in this world. That is exactly what Dream On Youth is doing. This great organization started its roots in 2012 by Boss Lady, Cydney Irby. Since then, Dream On Youth expanded into a website where youth can expressly share their thoughts with the world.
Dream On Youth is a rising brand that instills confidence, hope, courage, and support to the young generation. Young adults (ages 15-23) go through so much so the site is there to support them. The website that showcases various blog topics that interns write.
Re-branding is updating a brand to better achieve the goal at hand. Dream On Youth has decided to give a face lift to the site and add another site for their media team.
Being a part of the media team, I'm excited about the changes coming forth. Dream On Youth has greatly impacted their audience in positive ways, including instilling self-esteem, confidence, + humility; these traits are just a few mentioned in their mission statement.
So tuned into Dream On Youth's re-brand launch on tomorrow, August 13, at 3:27pm (the day the vision was proclaimed.) As well as Dream On Youth's launch of the media team's website, which the name is so fitting to the brand. The website is DreamOnYouth.com
Let me know if you're interested in learning more about this brand. Follow Dream On Youth and Cydney Irby on Twitter.
The Moxie Playbook aims to inspire, motivate, and encourage young women in many ways. Fashion is one of those way; it allows you to add a stylish twist to succeed in your goals.
Instead of publishing the blog's first fashion post, I decided to start #TheMoxiePlaybook Question of the Day series. This series' purpose is to hear feedback from YOU, the reader, to understand your views + perspectives on categories the blog will discuss. Here's the set of questions:
To answer the questions, you can comment on post, tweet me at @JailynGlass, or comment on this post on Instagram, @moxieeee, using the hashtag #TheMoxiePlaybook.
I hope you enjoy this series. I will, also, take suggestions on upcoming questions.
As children, we all have dreams of what jobs we want as when we get older. First my goals consisted of being a doctor, a teacher, and a professional runway model - yes, America's Next Top Model influenced me & I still watch it today. As we grow older, we see the realities of our past dreams & make changes to fit our current aspirations. Time + life changes us.
But what if time, life + money were no objects, what would your dreams be? Here are my top three:
1. Experiencing the World
While planning to study abroad to London next year (post coming soon after furthering through the planning stages), I would love to travel more throughout Europe. Fashion has always appealed to me as I child, and that is why I want to visit Milan. As one of the world's fashion capitals, I would absolutely fall head over heels with seeing their various fashions.
2. Fashion + Employment = PASSION
If you guys do not know by now, I LOVE fashion. It is so interesting seeing different trends, styles + how people pair elements together as outfits. So working in this niche for a company or a public relations agency would absolutely be more fun than work. My ideal companies are Forever 21, Victoria Secret PINK, Gucci, or a beauty companies. With pursuing a minor in Applied Statistics, I want employment finding fashion trends + conducting PR.
3. So You Want to Dance?
If I could quit everything + become a professional ballet / contemporary dancer, I would in a heartbeat. I enjoy all types of dance; modern, ballet, and contemporary being my favorites. So You Think You Can Dance pushes my inner dance out in front of the television every Wednesday night as I live happily through each dancer.
Though this last dream is a fantasy I live through others, I still have time to make the first two realities come true. I will do everything in my power to make them realities, and not just dreams.
What are your top three dreams / goals? How will you strive to make them realities?
Leave a comment below, shoot an email, or tweet me @JailynGlass about your dreams.
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