As I enter into the second half of the PDXSX experience, I think it is safe to say there is no way I could summarize all that I’ve learned into one blog post. But being a writer, I am going to try! Just kidding, but I would like to dedicate my last post to the top three things I have taken away from this experience.
- Wording is everything. As journalists, the written word is our most powerful tool. It is the basis of how we make a living and something we study throughout school and for the rest of our lives. Whether you are in PR, ad, or print journalism, the way you craft a message means everything and can dictate success. As we learned at our agency tour yesterday, simply rewording a phrase like “I think” can make a client happier and in turn put you ahead.
- Ask questions. You might feel as an intern that asking too many questions is annoying or bothersome, but in reality, its better to ask and make sure you know what is going on than to mess up and have to fix a mistake. Taking the two minutes to ask a question upfront could save you (and other employees) hours down the road. So rather than being shy and risking failure, pipe up and find out how to do something the right way.
- Smile! I know this sounds corny, but body language matters with first impressions,
interviews and much more. Simply smiling can instantly make you seem warmer and more approachable, which is something that can only benefit us in every aspect of our life!
Overall, this experience has been one that I have benefited from. I learned even more than what I could fit into this post, and expect to keep learning in the remaining four weeks of my journey.