The Miami Book Fair

This past weekend, a few publicists and I got to join our events team at the 2011 Miami Book Fair. We hosted a few different booths at the outdoor fair, including:   A book gallery showcasing some of our author’s books  A bookstore where fair-goers could purchase the books on display  Author signing booths where our authors could sign copies of their books and interact with fans A corporate boothwhere we could discuss some of our book publishing and marketing offerings The weekend had a rough start on Friday, with heavy winds and rain threatening to ruin some of the…

Why I’m Proud to be a Gen Y Professional

(You can visit my original post on the Hoosier PRSA blog at: http://prsahoosier.org/why-i%e2%80%99m-proud-to-be-a-gen-y-professional/) I am considered to be a part of Generation Y, sometimes called “Millennials” (born between 1982 and 1991) – a tech-savvy generation defined by change and uncertainty, but also strength and resilience. As children of Baby Boomers, millennials saw the highest rates of divorce, foster care and child abuse. We were shaped by September 11th, the rise of social media and the election of the first African-American president. After college, we entered into a struggling workforce and devastated economy. The New York Times Magazine recently featured,  “What is…

Representing 46220

It’s been a hectic past few weeks, but I’m back! Since my last post, my new roommate and I found a place and moved into our new neighborhood.  We’re living in an old house (build circa 1923, I believe) in the heart of Broad Ripple that needs of a lot of TLC, but we’ve rolled up our sleeves in response to the challenge.  So what if our door handles fall off and the bathroom leaks? It’s cheap rent…and builds character. I love getting to know an area of Indianapolis that is new to me. Broad Ripple has a rich array…

Life as Improv

I recently attended a great Hoosier PRSA luncheon with the theme of “Improv for PR Professionals.” I signed up initially because I was intrigued. How could improv be directly applied to public relations? Well, it turns out we were schooled in how improv can not only apply to public relations, but to all aspects of our lives. We often go into situations (whether they be work, school, relationships or otherwise) where we might be prepared–to an extent. What goes on beyond past preparation and what can be planned is completely improv. We were shown different ways to embrace these improv situations, and keep…

Say it Like You Mean it

For whatever reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about communication styles lately. Public relations is a field all about communication, messages, and how messages are received. But what happens when the messages are ambiguous? Before I majored in journalism and English as an undergraduate, I majored in communication. It was fascinating learning about all the different ways that people interact with each other. I was particularly interested in interpersonal communication. One of the concepts that stuck in my head was language that had multiple contexts or meanings. For example, you might tell a significant other “I hate it when you…

Pinterest: An Online Collage of Amazing-ness

I have a few co-workers who recommended Pinterest (www.pinterest.com) to me. What is Pinterest? Well, from what I gather it’s an online collage of everything that interests you in picture form. You can “pin” whatever you like onto your “board” by different interest categories, and follow other people’s boards (thus, borrowing their inspirations). How many times have you stumbled across something you thought was amazing and wanted to capture, but not have to bookmark the site? Or, how many times have you found something motivating that you wish you could see everyday? The concept of Pinterest is so simple, but so…

Mo’ Classes, Mo’ Problems

Summer session at IUPUI is in full swing, which means that (in all likelihood) while you’re relaxing by the pool, I’m furiously working on class assignments. I’m a few weeks into two new online classes, “Issues Management and Crisis Communication” and “Public Relations Theory.” It’s great not having to make the trek downtown, but these two classes–while interesting and integral to my profession–have so far been very challenging to juggle with summer work-life balance. Adding to this, I may have to tack on an accounting class for the second summer session. I have to keep reminding myself that this is one of the reasons I signed up for…

America’s Changing Landscape: 2010 Census Results

As a big PR nerd, I love getting my Public Relations Tactics monthly newsletter from PRSA. It summarizes all I’d need to know about public relations management and recent statistics, and even gives great writing tips. This month’s issue is themed as “Charting Your Measurement Strategy,” which correlates with my grad curriculum (currently I’m taking “Issues Management and Crisis Communication” and “Public Relations Theory”). I could wax poetic about some of the topics brought up in this issue, but I found something interesting that I think everyone would (or should) be interested in: the 2010 U.S. Census results. The American landscape…

‘Catfish’ and ‘Cloud Girlfriend’: A Disturbing Look at Facebook Faux-Reality

Just in time for April Fool’s Day, I watched the documentary Catfish. I was left incredibly disturbed. The film documents the life of a photographer, and his interesting connection to an 8-year-old girl living in Michigan. Through various phone calls, letters and Facebook interactions, this man becomes entangled with this girl’s entire family-her mother, father, brother, and even (romantically) with her sister. The man and this family exchange thousands of messages over a period of several months, when the filmmakers finally start to suspect that something is not quite right.  Nothing seems to add up, and nothing the girl’s family…

Grad School Lessons Learned

Well, folks, I’d say the reality of grad school has finally sunk in. I kissed my social life goodbye a few weeks ago, when I started work on my research proposal (actually re-work). And, basically, my health and good hygiene as well (who knows what everyone at work thinks!).  But, it was all worth it, because I am finally done with a draft I can be satisfied with! Surrounded by half-drank mugs of green tea, stacks of library books, and piles of scrawled notes–and, I should add, caffeinated to the point of sleeplessness–I’d like to share a few simple truths…