6 Things PR Girls Stress the Most

It’s no secret that PR is a stressful career. We outlined why PR is so stressful, but here a few things that stress PR girls (and boys) the most.

PR Girls Stress

  • Whether or not your client is happy. It’s a daily struggle to constantly keep your clients happy. You want to make sure they’re satisfied with your performance, results and overall ability to help their brand. Clients can disappear and leave important emails unanswered which stresses out even the best of us. Are they unhappy with the agency? Are they firing us? What went wrong? More than likely, everything is fine and your client is just bogged down with emails.
  • New business meetings. Pitching new business is always nerve wracking. You go through several rounds, unsure of whether or not the potential client really likes you or not.
  • Unanswered pitches. There’s nothing more stressful than having to press on your client when no one is interested. When all of your pitches go unanswered and you have no results or feedback to share, it’s time to switch it up.
  • Pulling off a seamless event. Your client finally agrees to let you put on an event and you want it to be perfect. Whether it’s media or consumer facing (or both), pulling together an event is always stressful. Because every detail needs to be perfect and seem effortless.
  • Feeling uneasy about your performance. Every year, PR pros get their review. Even though we work on teams, PR can be cut throat when it comes to expectations of your performance. We’re constantly stressing whether or not we’re delivering enough and making our bosses happy.
  • FOMO.  Missing an email, being out of the office, and even putting the phone down while on vacation. PR pros constantly stress missing out.

What stresses you the most?

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Skill to Conquer: Stock Your Urban Kitchen

When you’re making the move into your first real apartment, getting your kitchen all set up can be one of the most intimidating tasks. Especially if you’re a new cook (I still consider myself a new cook and it’s been 5 years), you may not be sure what you need, what is worth the expense, or what you’ll want when you have friends (or the occasional date) over. Here are a few suggestions…

Urban Kitchen 1. A pots & pans set including at least one large pot, two sauce pans, and a frying panThis set from Cuisinart includes all you need in a starter kitchen. A big pot for pasta, two smaller pans for sauces and soup, and the all-purpose frying pan. I trust the Cuisinart brand, so it’s worth it to spend a little bit extra money and have four good quality pots rather than 8 crappy pots you’ll need to throw out after a year

2. Wooden spoons, a whisk, and a spatula – I hate plastic large spoons. I just do. Go classic with wooden spoons that will last you decades, and buy as many as you’d like. If you need something like a pasta spoon or fryer basket, get stainless steel if you can. Stash them in a cute vase or pitcher on your kitchen counter

3. A decent knife set – Doesn’t need to be something super fancy, just high quality enough that you can sharpen the knives if needed and not so dull that you’ll hurt yourself. I actually have this set from Ikea and I’m very happy with it

4. A tea kettle – Not only do I have at least one cup of tea a day, but I think it’s so welcoming when you come into someone’s apartment for a visit and they immediately offer you a a cup of tea. Keep a a nice tea kettle around that you like to look at in your kitchen

5. Popcorn – I never buy microwave popcorn, now that I know how easy it is to make my own at home in a big pasta pot. There is literally no comparison. Perfect for game night or Netflix dates (you can find a recipe here)

6. Cheese plate – Again, a great must-have for the urban kitchen if you need a cheese plate with some wine to chill out at the end of the day, or like to have little bites for guests to pick on while you make dinner (or wait for the Seamless to arrive). I like this one that is also a chalkboard

7. Fun dishes – I am OBSESSED with Fishs Eddy in the city. Not only do they have quirky dishware, but you can also mix and match basics for an amazing price. You can’t go wrong with white dishes (with a little flare) for every day, but fun salt & pepper shakers make a great tableside conversation piece

8. Crockpot  - In the winter, it’s a life saver. For very little money, you have a machine that will cook dinner for you and keep it warm and tasty until you get home

9. A plant – You need some life in your kitchen. If you can grow some herbs, awesome. If not, pick a plant that doesn’t need to much sun or water. Even if it’s a cactus, you’ll love having some green when you’re making a salad or gabbing with girls over drinks

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Quiet Moments

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I’m really looking forward to some quiet brainstorming this weekend. I have lots to think about and get excited for, and some of that includes updates right here on the blog. I find that while weekends used to be a time for me to let loose and forget the week, I now look forward to these two days as a time when I can really get stuff done and take care of the most important things on my mind.

Here is how I take advantage of the quiet moments in a weekend:

Spend time mid-afternoon or early afternoon in bed (see above) – Even if I don’t need nap, I use it as a time to unwind and just be with myself

Get outside without ear buds – Whether you’re in a park, on a run, or in the subway, unplug and don’t look at a screen or fill your ears

Cook a new recipe – I am so quiet and in the zone when I cook. Following instructions and creating something yummy is so rewarding

Have a happy weekend!

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Meet us at the Intern Queen Party

I’m so excited to share that I’ll be speaking on the panel at the 4th Annual Intern Queen Party at 404 in New York City on Wednesday! M and I attended the first Intern Queen party and met tons of new hopeful interns and professionals including Lauren Berger.

Intern Queen Party

The party is to celebrate the end of summer internship season with a panel of internship coordinators and executives from Macy’s, Sirius XM, Us Weekly, HuffPost, DoSomething.org, Chanel, NBC Universal, the Rachel Ray Show and more. We’ll be discussing advice you need to move forward in your career and how we each got started in the industry. I’m so honored to be a part of the panel.

Details about the party are below and you can get your ticket here. Tweet using #InternQueenParty to join the conversation and we hope to see you on July 30th at 7:00pm!

p.s. If you don’t live in NYC, there’s a party in Washington DC also on August 5th.

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