I’d like to think that Adrianna and I are a special breed of PR girl. We like to look at the bright side, we almost always have a smile on our face, and we think there is fun to be had in almost any situation. Public relations professionals have a bad rep of being pushy, demanding, and cut-throat, so why add to this unattractive stereotype?
There are instances when a girl needs to stand up for herself. Especially in a client services industry like PR, it is easy to be taken advantage of or led into unfavorable circumstances if you’re not careful. Of course, there is a right and a wrong way to go about it.
Here are a few signs you need to get tough:
You feel you’re being dismissed – A person isn’t paying attention to you, you have been told you’re being taken care of and see no results, a solution needs to be found ASAP
Your needs are really important – A client is depending on you, there are finances involved, a contract is being misused or ignored, your career/job depends on it
You’ve done all you can, and now you need support - If you’ve carried your weight and you’re depending on action from others, it’s time to get movin’
Here’s how to get tough, the right way:
Use a stern voice – No yelling. Ever. Your professional life is not the time to let loose and scream (unless its at your computer). You can use a hard tone and strong wording (no swearing)
Drop the C word, or the R word. - Contract. Responsibility. These are big flags with the PR world. Calling out a breach in contract is serious business
Make sure all parties are aware of what’s going on – Supervisors, assistants, professors, deans… be sure they know you contacted the appropriate person to solve an issue and you are trying to resolve the problem. They can throw their weight around as well