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True Confessions: Addictions of a PR Girl

Image Credit: Google

Image Credit: Google

These are the true confessions of a PR girl facing addiction problems… in reality these are addictions many people have but for the purpose of this article I’m sharing mine. Now working in public relations or studying public relations is very stressful and we tend to create habits that may or may not become a problem. Don’t believe me? Well maybe reading my addictions will help you see that you may have a problem. Don’t worry though! There are many others in the same boat.

1. Diet Coke. I started this habit in Ireland when every morning I would go to the little connivence mart outside my apartment and order a fresh croissant and a diet coke. I actually started a trend among other interns but the truth is: diet coke tastes great in the morning! I think it’s the bubbles. It also has caffeine so instead of waiting for your Keurig to make your carmel latte, you just grab a diet coke. That was easy.

2. Coffee. Diet coke isn’t that strong and at 3 p.m. coffee just gives you the added push for the rest of your day. I’ll drink one at 8 a.m., maybe one at 5 p.m. or even 8:30 p.m. and if I’m going to be up really late I make the 11:00 p.m. coffee cup. This is an addiction many people have but when you get coffee just because you feel like it, not because you need it, Houston we may have a problem. I try to limit this one but tonight I couldn’t help myself, oh well.

3. Twitter. Facebook is so high school, it’s all about Twitter and checking your Twitter constantly. I can’t go one hour without checking my Twitter feed. When there are times where no phones or electronics are allowed, other than an airplane, I start to go through withdrawal. Is it a problem? Yes. But at least I’m not alone and have many others all around me with this problem… I’m looking at all of you Scripps kids. But hey, public relations people are paid to go on Twitter so it’s a healthy and lucrative addiction.

4. Gmail. I check my email more than my Twitter. I am one of those weird people who love to get emails. I don’t care if it’s not relevant but I organize it with labels and folders, making it 10 times more fun. I can also check out my Google Calendar, which is crucial for time management purposes. Do I feel bad constantly checking my email? Well if I’m not on vacation, out with friends, celebrating a holiday or with family, no not really.

There are many other things I could say I’m addicted to like Pinterest, reading blogs, my iPod (never go anywhere without it) and my bed but these were my top 4. If the world ended tomorrow, I feel like me and many other public relations people would be a little lost as we go through withdrawal. But at least I admit I have a problem. These are my true confessions of a PR Girl addicted to beverages and the internet. That basically sums it all up. What are your addictions?

x KMSH

What’s YOUR Brand?

Hey readers, last week I attended the last of Scripps PRSSA’s PR Bootcamp and the topic was personal branding. Until about a year or so ago, I didn’t know that I was my own brand. Usually when I think of brands I think Burberry, Cheetos, Diet Coke, etc. but not me, myself and I. So what did I learn about how to promote the best YOU brand?

My Twitter profile just screams me with my tagline, background of NYC in pastels and I'm smiling in my "professional photo."

My Twitter profile just screams me with my tagline, background of NYC in pastels and I’m smiling in my “professional photo.”

Step 1: Consistency. All of your social media profiles should match. My Twitter and LinkedIn profile pictures match, as well as the photo I use on the “Who am I?” page on this website. I do have a Facebook but a) I use it for photo purposes/to connect with friends and b) it has higher privacy settings. My photo isn’t the same as my Twitter and LinkedIn but it’s still appropriate and explains me (it’s in black and white). I also have this weird OCD habit about all of my fonts being the same. The font I use for my email is the same font in my resume…. weird right? Well that’s me for ya!

Step 2: Appropriate. Okay, I had to bring this one up. The general rule is that if you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see it then don’t post/tweet it. That can be said for photos as well. If you’re under 21, why would you have pictures of you with alcohol in your hands? It’s illegal and you can lose a job or internship over it. I’m not saying you have to be a stick in the mud but be smart. It’s as simple as that.

Step 3: Make it you. This is something I find many people have difficulties with. It’s great to see that on Twitter you are extremely professional and good at what you do but what are you like? Are you boring? Are you a mild-crazy person? What are your interests/hobbies? I look at Twitter as a place where you should be professional but have fun and make it your own. My twitter is half what I do and half what I like. It’s me. I mean who else would say “Lover of traveling” or “Fashion OBSESSED.” That may be someone else’s tagline but I can say that’s who I am. I’ve been to eight different countries and I browse clothing on Pinterest and Polyvore almost every single day. I also read fashion news and am secretly in love with Fashion Police on E!

When looking at YOUR brand, you really have to think about who you are. Now resumes are another subject I will talk about soon because mine took FOREVER. But just remember to never have a private and public Twitter, because that could mean your hiding something. Be smart and if you are thinking whether that post/tweet is a good idea, just don’t post/tweet it. Lastly, remember that you are your own brand, not someone else’s, so ask yourself: Who is ______________?

P.S. I’m going to Chicago in less than three weeks with my best friend and I cannot wait! Michigan Avenue and amazing food here I come!

x KMSH

Diet Coke ad I made for my graphics class... It's one brand I love because I have at least one a day.

Diet Coke ad I made for my graphics class… It’s one brand I love because I have at least one a day.