I’ve been working on multiple events for a few different clients over the past couple weeks. The anticipation and hard work that goes into planning events is pretty much half of our job description, while the actual event goes by in a flash. The event that I just wrapped up yesterday I have been planning for months, so it’s kind of surreal to know that it’s all over.
This was me and my team yesterday, but in heels
Of course crashing into bed the night after event day isn’t the end of it. Here are a couple things you need to be aware of and work to solve in your post-event depression:
Expect some crazy dreams – After spending all day in an event space and working your butt off, expect some weird work dreams in the nights ahead
Continue to work for your event – Follow up with all attendees and make sure they received all the information they needed at the event. Follow up with any samples, pictures or info
Start your event recap while it’s fresh in your mind – It’s easy to put off talking about the event since you’ve done nothing BUT for the past couple weeks, but write down some great feedback or details while you remember
Think of all the positives – When you next talk to your client, talk up your event! Did you have great attendance? Did you see a new side of the brand you haven’t seen before?
Remember new relationships – Whether it’s a new vendor or editor you never met before, keep track of the new relationships you have
Yesterday, Adrianna and I hosted our first webinar with Critical Mention (if you missed it, you can listen and watch it here). We covered on some common PR girl wardrobe situations and best practices for dressing fashionable in the workplace. Adrianna and I had so much fun with this, we’ve decided to share our slides and some additional commentary over the next few weeks. Below, we cover off on one of the most nerve-wracking wardrobe scenarios, the interview.
For the interview, you need to remember a couple key things. First, it is okay to show your personality in an interview outfit! Whether that's with color or print, don't be afraid to show off your flair a little bit. Keep cuts and pieces to timeless, classic looks. So a sharp jacket, a-line or pencil skirt, or shift dress will work great. Heels are a must, but nothing over 3 1/2 inches. Be sure you feel comfortable, so you're not adjusting your shirt or skirt every five seconds. Also, everything MUST be clean and fit you like a glove. No too-big heels or nails poking out of your shoes, no stains or threads hanging off your skirt. And if you're yanking your skirt down or constantly re-buttoning your blouse, it's time for a new outfit.
Tomorrow, Adrianna and I are thrilled to be hosting our first webinar with Critical Mention (you can register here). The topic? Fashion in the PR workplace, and we’re covering every questionable fashion situation from the first interview to the trade show. When we first were asked to come up with outfits and topics, A and I were a little stumped to say the least. At this point in our careers, we sometimes think our outfit choices for events and big moments at work are easier than choosing our sweatpants for movie night. However, at every office the night before an event, each girl asks the other “so what are you going to wear?” It doesn’t matter how trendy or “with it” you might be, we want to be sure we’re giving the right impression at whatever event we’re at.
When looking at an outfit, it’s best to use common sense and ask yourselves a few frank questions about what you have on. It can be easy, especially when used to dressing up for friends or going out, to throw something on and assume it’s good enough. You don’t want to be “good enough,” you want to be the best! Here’s what you should be asking yourself when you look in the mirror:
Is this appropriate?
Is this comfortable?
Is there an opportunity for a wardrobe malfunction anywhere?
Is it clean?
Does it fit right?
Is this color flattering?
Is this too flashy?
Does anything need to be repaired?
Can I move around?
Do I feel confident?
We’ll be covering more PR girl (and guy!) fashion options in tomorrow’s webinar. Be sure to tune in!
Since I have three work events next week, I have a little bit of a short fuse. Unfortunately it happens to the best of us. I catch myself being a little shorter than usual with friends and colleagues, and I rush through projects and expect people to keep the same pace. As a PR professional, we are expected to be poised and understanding, but it is hard to manage after the client sends you 100 of the wrong product, the printer is going to be late with your press packets, or your intern has made a mess of the gift bags.
Put the gloves away, girl. No need for a fight.
Once you feel the steam coming out of your ears, it’s easy to let loose and blow up at the “guilty” party, especially if there are other stress points adding pressure to the situation. But you need to keep the ‘tude in check. No one wants to work with the crazy girl on important events or client situations. If you get a reputation as a hot head, you’ll be left out of some great opportunities. Here are a couple things to keep in mind once you feel your blood boiling:
Remember, this isn’t about you – As much as it feels like this unfortunate event is happening to YOU, it isn’t. We’re a team in the PR world, so we’re all in this together. Don’t take any negative situation personally.
Imagine the other person’s position – If it’s a team member who has made a mistake, think about how embarrassed/frustrated/disappointed they must feel in the situation they are in. We have all been there once! And life happens. Breathe. If you’re working with an outside vendor, be understanding but it’s fair to be firm to find a solution.
If you need to vent, do it to an outside party - The best way for me to blow off steam is to talk it out. The worst thing you can do is start gossip in the office – don’t do it. Go to a trusted friend who can listen to your issues, or call your mom/sister/aunt/sorority sister. Even if they don’t understand your PR jargon, sometimes it’s helpful to just spill out exactly what you’re feeling without holding back.
How do you keep your cool when a situation heats up?
Adrianna and I continue to talk about the craziness that is upon us – it’s job hunting season! With that, there are plenty of workshops, networking opportunities and events to attend this year to help with the search. One of the most impressive that we’ve seen is the upcoming Fashion PR Confidential workshop, taking place this weekend from March 2 -3.
This two day, intimate workshop will take you from the basics to the special skills to set you up on a successful path to a career in fashion PR. Coming from Danika Daly, founder of Fashion PR Confidential and Danika Daly PR, you can expect a weekend full of useful information and inside tips and tricks. Panelists for the workshop include some of our favorite and most inspirational PR girls, including Crosby Noricks of PR Couture, Alex Rodriguez, and Samantha Lim.
There are still some spots left in this amazing event, so be sure to head over to the website and grab your spot today!
Last night, A and I were thrilled to be a part of the New York University Women in Communications PR Panel. We were on the panel alongside other PR professionals including Angela Bilog, head of PR and Marketing at Lomography, Kym Canter, Creative Director at L-atitude, Lauren Ellison of Mission PR and Perry Sun of DeVries Public Relations. We touched on some really informative topics such as our favorite campaigns, our biggest PR mistakes and what we look for out of interns and new hires. Below are some of the questions we were asked last night, as well as our thoughts.
Where did you make your PR start in college?
Adrianna and I had two very different answers here. Adrianna always knew she wanted to get into PR, so she took a few internships and did communications in college. I never knew what PR WAS, until I researched a few industries that were heavy in writing and came to PR. Both of us agreed that experience and internships are IMPERATIVE when choosing your path in PR during college.
What does your day-to-day look like?
No day is the same! We are always pitching, monitoring, answering emails, drafting client documents. But one day you could be throwing together media deliveries, the next you’re on a flight to LA for a client meeting, the next you’re at Fashion Week. Every day is different!
What was your favorite campaign to work on and why?
Each of us have those “baby” campaigns that we worked on from the start and loved to see grow. Anything unique that challenges us (Adrianna said sponges and I said Cream of Wheat), is a favorite campaign of ours.
What qualities are you looking for when hiring an intern?
Someone who is resourceful and willing to learn. It’s okay to ask questions, but use your head and come prepared. Have some passion for what you do. Even if it’s hauling suitcases down Sixth Avenue to a celebrity’s hotel, find some glamour in the every day.
What do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed?
Adrianna and I rely on each other a lot for this one. We pretty much are talking all day long via text or gchat, so we have our friendship as a support system. It’s important to create a “safe space” at work so you feel comfortable where you work and who you’re working with, but also have an escape…whether it’s a walk outside or Pinterest.
How do you focus on the “relations” part of media relations?
Making calls or writing emails every day, and planning in person lunches or breakfasts! Face time is important. Treat these people like friends, not machines. Be sure to tailor pitches to each editor and outlet.
What are some mistakes you’ve made at work?
We all agreed – watch out for reply all!
Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
Adrianna and I would love to see the blog grow. We hope to continue creating this online resource for girls and guys looking to get into PR, since we didn’t have one when we were first starting out. We are continuously inspired by our colleagues and readers, we just want to continue sharing the love!
Major thanks to the Women in Communications Group for having us!
We’re pretty much in the middle of interview season, so we’ve been receiving a lot of mail about interview protocol and some practical do’s and don’ts. Though Adrianna and I seem pretty confident when it comes to interviewing strategy, don’t be fooled – we completely understand how stressful it is. Interviewing is a lot like going on a few first dates with a really hot guy. You have butterflies at first, but then you feel self-assured in the fact that this crazy sexy opportunity has come your way. After a few meetings, you think you have it in the bag. Then, there’s silence. You begin to self doubt, you begin to expect the worst, and you wonder a million times over what you did wrong and what you can do to fix it.
The important thing is to avoid crazy-girl syndrome, in your love life and while going after the dream job. When you hear radio silence from your interviewer, you feel rejected and hurt. But you got along so well! But you said that thing that made her laugh! But you were in the same sorority! Chill out sister, it ain’t over until it’s over.
There are a couple things you can do that can satisfy your curiosity about the potential position while staying in the sane zone. Here are a few things to keep in mind while following up after an interview:
Obviously, be sure you did your due diligence – Make sure to send thank you e-mails or a note directly after your interview (no more than a note. We’ve seen candy bars, flowers, basically all overkill. A note is just fine)
Pay attention to the time – If your interviewer says they’d like you to contact them in four weeks, or if they won’t be making any decisions for another 10 days, do yourself a favor and LISTEN to that time frame. Do not try to contact them, other than your “thank you” until that time. There is a reason the decision has to be delayed, and most likely it is out of the hands of the person who is doing the interviewing (budgets have been cut, they need more room in the staff for you, etc.)
Do a little bit of stalking – Similar to the hot guy we mentioned previously, you’re allowed to do some discreet online stalking while you wait for an answer from the employer. Continue to research the company, keeping an eye out for new client announcements or company news. An exciting bit of information can be a good excuse to reach out to a company if you haven’t heard back in a while, something like: “Just saw that you won the Smashbox business. Extremely exciting, congratulations! As we discussed earlier, I am looking forward to the opportunity to grow with a beauty client in a strong consumer firm like yours. I hope we can chat soon and continue this conversation.”
Do you have any other tried and true ways to follow up after an interview?
One of our favorite bloggers and dear friends, Nichole at Vanilla Extract, recently posted a gorgeous outfit that’s perfect for work or weekend. Check out her post below, and be sure to follow her on her amazing Pinterest page.
Mint is my go-to color this Spring. It’s feminine, fun, and comes in just about every form – pants, blouses, wristlets, jewelry, macaroons, and even nail polish. Mint is a popular choice among brides this year too, so don’t be surprised if you see a lot of beautiful, mint-colored cakes like this one.
I’ve paired this mint blouse with two vintage chain necklaces from Sweet & Spark. I’m drawn to the simplicity and charming detail of them. There’s something about vintage jewelry that feels so authentic; behind every piece, a woman and a story. I really respect the Sweet & Spark brand because I know that every single piece is hand-picked. They’re one-of-a-kind and curated with the latest fashion and jewelry trends in mind.
How are you wearing your mint and gold this season?
Everyone has their own feelings about Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re single or attached, I think Valentine’s Day is a good excuse to be a little festive – even if it’s just buying yourself some Necco Sweethearts and doing something a little special with your makeup. The hardest part of course, is taking your flirtatious look from the office out on the town for a night with the girls or a romantic date.
I think the easiest way to be fun at work and flirty at work is to go with a cat-eye to smokey eye look. You can play up the smokey-ness as much as you want, or even keep it really cat-eye with a red lip later in the day. Here are a few of my go-to products for an easy v-day look: