Though PR girls are absolutely supposed to “own” the room when hosting an event or escorting clients to an important party, there are plenty of other opportunities to show off your social prowess in everyday life and practice your networking skills. Since I am naturally introverted, I look for any opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone, make a few new friends and work on my social graces. And hey, you never know who you could meet while chatting up fellow football fans!
Whether you’re still in school or already working your way up the corporate ladder, here are a few ways you can rock the room and own any social situation:
In college – I was still pretty shy through the first part of college, and it wasn’t until I started my internships that I realized how easy it is to make friends when you speak up! Adrianna had a very different college experience, and she swears that her sorority life completely influenced her PR career. Either way, be sure you get involved during your four years of higher learning – join dance club, debate team, club lacrosse, whatever! Put yourself into a new group of people and you’ll be sure to be thrown into the role of hostess/party guest/team leader/cheerleader at any given moment
At the farmer’s market/spin class/Bed Bath and Beyond – When you’re running errands or at a new workout class, take the opportunity to talk to a stranger and learn something new. Ask a store clerk about the best kind of blender. Ask someone in line for class where she got her spinning shoes. Learning how to ask the right questions and keeping up an informative conversation is key in PR, and will get you very far very quickly in life!
At Happy Hour – When you’re in college, “Happy Hour” sounds like an excuse for adults to drink after work before they crash in bed at 9:30pm. That’s only partly true. Happy Hour is a very strong networking opportunity and a chance to bond with new people in a fun location. If you’re going to Happy Hour with girl friends, be sure you branch out and ask strangers about the game on TV or any current events to strike up a conversation. If you’re with work colleagues, take this opportunity to learn about their work load and how they are managing at the office
How do you network in your daily life?