The Power Of Initiative

What are you waiting for? There are a million tasks that need to be completed, and you know which ones fall within your scope of responsibilities and skills. So why aren’t you doing them? If the answer is, “No one has told me to yet,” you’re about to get the leg up on how to impress your boss.

One simple rule to follow that can help you differentiate yourself from the crowd is taking initiative. Sounds easy enough, but the reality is so few people act on those opportunities. We could blame the millennial generation for being babied and wanting everything handed to them, but it could also be as simple as being afraid of failing.

It’s time to let go of that fear and put your best foot forward. If you do fail, then own it, learn from it and move forward. Take the initiative, you will get noticed more quickly and become more appreciated in the workplace.

So what does this phrase “take initiative” mean? Plainly, complete tasks or volunteer for more, before you are told to. Instead of being handed a list of things you need to complete, anticipate what will be on that list. Also, be willing to take on a little extra responsibility when the opportunity is offered up.

One example could be knowing exactly how your boss likes reports submitted. Maybe they like three physical copies on their desk before they walk out the door in the evening. They always send a reminder email in the morning so no one forgets. However, yours are neatly stacked on their desk before they walk in that morning.

A big project coming up? Ask what you can do to assist the team. Don’t wait for them to come and see if you would like to help. Take the reins and show them that you are willing and able to do a little more.

Always ask if there is more you can be doing. Sitting idle is a waste for you and your organization. Breaks are necessary and overworking is entirely possible. Know your capabilities and take on what you can. Every little bit helps.

Every day, think about why you do the work that you do. Hopefully you do it because it is a passion and you love it. If that is the case, why aren’t you constantly striving to do more and get better? Use that passion to drive your initiative.

A final story to leave you with. While hiring executives for the 2015-2016 ImPRessions firm, we had to turn a few members down. One of which reached out and ask to meet and talk about how she could get better. As soon as we received a new client over the summer, she was placed as an executive. Her name continues to resonate with me as she moves up within the firm.

Take that initiative. Show that you care about your work and demonstrate your capabilities. Those little actions can leave lasting effects.

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Austin Ambrose is a Senior Journalism major. He is also the CEO of ImPRessions. Follow him on Twitter @Tex_Ambrose7.

MEET THE 2014-2015 SCRIPPS PRSSA EXECUTIVE BOARD!

This past Monday, the members of Scripps PRSSA elected their 2014-2015 Executive Board. HERE THEY ARE:

ImagePresident – Cidnye Weimer

What are you most excited for as the new President of Scripps PRSSA?

“I’m most excited to give back to the wonderful organization that has given me so much. I’ve learned everything from PRSSA and I can’t wait to help members have the same wonderful experience I did. I’m also excited to work with this awesome new E. Board.”

What is one fun fact about you?

“I was an extra in Divergent that comes out this week!”

Vice President – Ben Clos

What are you most excited for as the new Vice President of Scripps PRSSA?

“I’m really excited to do all the programming for the upcoming year! I want to try and make meetings as diverse as possible and vary on different types of speakers, workshops, retreats and events! I feel that it’s an important role in our chapter and in excited to help develop and expose our members to as much as possible.”

What is one fun fact about you?

“I knit!”

VP of Internal Relations – Kelsey Miller

What are you most excited about as the new VP of Internal Relations?

“I am most excited to meet new members as well as interact more with the current members. It is intimidating coming to your first PRSSA meeting and I want to make sure I am one of the first friends. I’m also excited to incorporate more surveys for chapter ideas and opinions on what we could do better and have giveaways for attendance! I am dancing on cloud 9 thinking about it and knowing that I will be working with such great and talented people that double as my great friends.”

What is one fun fact about you?

“I was hypnotized once.”

VP of Finance – Gary Bridgens

What are you most excited about as the new VP of Finance?

“I’m really looking forward to serving transparently and creatively! I want to find new ways to give back to our members and make 2014-2015 the best year of Scripps PRSSA yet.”

What is one fun fact about you?

“Fun Fact about Gar: I was once on 4 continents in one day of travel!”

VP of Member Relations – Jess Carnprobst

What are you most excited about as the new VP of Member Relations?

“I’m so excited to become more involved in our Chapter as a part of the executive board. I can’t wait to spread my love for PRSSA with our entire chapter so that we can become one big happy family!”

What is one fun fact about you?

“I’m obsessed with cheese and cheese puns. I even have my own #cheeseweek.”

Director of ImPRessions – Melaina Lewis

What are you most excited about as the new Director of ImPRessions?

“I’m most excited to continue working with talented aspiring public relation professionals, and really start creating a company culture for ImPRessions and its members. I hope to streamline client communication and keep strengthening and growing the firm.”

What is one fun fact about you?

“I won a world championship in dance when I was 16 in Italy.”

Assistant Senior Director – Kerry Tuttle

What are you most excited about as the new Assistant Senior Director?

“I’m excited to make a significant impact in an organization that has given me so much experience and so many memories at OU. I really want to continue to have out members’ work recognized on a national level, and of course I’m thrilled to work alongside Melaina and Sarah.”

What is one fun fact about you?

“I have an unhealthy obsession with pizza.”

Assistant Junior Director – Sarah Rachul

What are you most excited about as the new Assistant Junior Director of ImPRessions?

“I’m most excited to learn as much as I can from Kerry and Melaina because they’re both such talented professionals.”

What is one fun fact about you?

“I love Disney more than probably anyone you know. Also, I love to sing.”

VP of Public Relations – Mira Kuhar

What are you most excited about as the new VP of Public Relations?

“I’m excited to meet all of the new members next year, to continue to expand my PR knowledge and grow with the chapter and the new Board.”

What is one fun fact about you?

“I was the first baby born in the Akron General Hospital in 1994.”

VP of External Relations – Briagenn Adams

What are you most excited about as the new VP of External Relations?

“I’m so excited to extend PRSSA’s professional network and really utilize the advisers we already have in place. The Bobcat network is one of the best assets we have at Ohio University, and I want to make sure we’re all benefiting from that!”

What is one fun fact about you?

“I have three tattoos and already have my next three planned out.”

VP of Social Affairs – Megan Newton

What are you most excited about as the new VP of Social Affairs?

“I am most excited about having the opportunity to bring even more fun to the chapter. I can’t wait to start planning events that will help get everyone more involved and start new traditions alongside Scripps PRSSA’s beloved old ones.”

What is one fun fact about you?

“I love dogs more than I love people.”

VP of Social Media – Stephanie Gort

What are you most excited about as the new VP of Social Media?

“What I’m most excited for as the new VP of Social Media is working more closely with my Scripps classmates and friends in a collaborative effort to showcase our passionate and competitive chapter.”

What is one fun fact about you?

“I’m obsessed with owls! All my family members and friends give me tons of owl decor because they always think of me when they see it. I just think they are the most majestic creatures.”

Congratulations to the new executive board, we can’t wait to see what you bring to the chapter next year!

10 websites that’ll make you a better blogger

By Morgan Borer

Before the age of the Pinterest – a bottomless pit of fashion, food, craft, wedding, home décor and career inspiration — where did college girls spend hours upon hours in hot pursuit of the perfect chevron canvas? Where did fashionistas go to find the ideal fur vest and plaid button-down combo? Who did bakers turn to for the perfect roasted garlic mac n’ cheese recipe? Maybe they dug up their grandmother’s cookbook, yellowed and stained from years past.

Before Instagram, who would have seen our (not so) professional photos of pink and purple macaroons? Would we have drooled over a photo of the glossy New York skyline, posted by some young celebrity in NYC? Probably not. Without Tumblr, where would we find articles such as “The Do’s and Don’t of Time Travel?” Where would we find a Marilyn Monroe quote for our Twitter bios?

Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr are three of the most popular sites for inspiration-seekers everywhere. Bloggers turn to these sites for color, design, photography and writing inspiration. They allow bloggers to share content ideas and promote visual graphics, as well as interact with other bloggers across the globe. They are helpful to manage and maintain a blog in order for it to grow and become successful. While Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr are instrumental for blogging success, there are several other websites bloggers should use to better their blog. While the list might seem never ending, here are ten helpful online programs for bloggers:

1.     Google AnalyticsFocus on your readers: who they are, where they come from, how they find your content. Analyze their characteristics and behavior. Also learn about your site traffic and strategies to keep visitors interested and engaged in your blog.
 
2.     Thesaurus.com This online dictionary and reference source is one of my personal favorites. I find myself on this website every time I write an article, blog post or research paper. Boring adjectives are so 2013.
 
3.    Bloglovin’Create an account or get the mobile app to find and follow your favorite blogs. This tool enables you to “like” and recommend blogs as well as connect with Facebook and Twitter to post your activity and connect with new friends.

4.    MashableWith 34 million monthly visitors and 14 million followers on social media, Mashable is the largest independent online news site that covers everything from entertainment to world news. It provides 24/7 updates to keep you in the groove, especially with social media and technology. 

5.    DaFont  – Save the boring Times New Roman font for research papers. Here, find and download creative, quirky fonts that you probably wont see in an everyday blog. Font themes range from “Fancy” to “Techno” and many in-between. This site even also allows you to create an account and submit your own fonts. Cool! 

6.    KloutLearn how influential your blog is across social media platforms. Klout measures multiple pieces of data to give you a “score,” a number between 1-10 that represents your influence online. It can also help you grow your influence to reach a bigger audience and improve interactions with followers. 

7.    Pixlr – Since I don’t have Photoshop on my Mac, I use Pixlr whenever I want to edit an image. This online photo editor allows you crop, re-size, and fix any photo. This is the perfect alternative to Photoshop, I guarantee it. 

8.    EHowInstead of thinking “Oh, I’ll Google it,” whenever you have a question, visit ehow.com to overcome challenges you face online. For example, the “Internet” category provides advice about Internet safety, and web design and development. An example article is “How to Keep the Header in Place on Tumblr,” which is complete with step-by-step instructions. This. Is. Awesome. 

9.    Style.com ­– As a fashion blogger and certified style addict, style.com is a must-read for me. Look no further for story ideas and inspiration – this site provides Fashion week images, in-depth reviews of shows, and front-row photos of celebrities, designers and socialites. It keeps you up-to-date on the hottest fashion and beauty trends.

10.  Problogger Basically, this website is a blogging bible. Everything you ever wanted to know about blogging content, infographics, layout design, how to make money blogging, search engine optimization – it’s all here. There are even blogging workbooks available for purchase on the site. Viola! 

Do you have any more sites to add to this list? Comment below! 

Don’t miss Mike Santoro at PRSSA tomorrow!

About Mike:
 
As President of Walker Sands, Mike has applied his expertise to assist a wide variety of Chicago-area, national and international companies. With an unyielding passion for results, he leads Walker Sands team members in ensuring that we always go above and beyond client expectations. In his spare time, Mike blogs on integrated marketing tactics at Duct Tape Marketing, one of the Internet’s most popular sales and marketing blogs.
 
Mike’s background is in B2B marketing and technology, stemming from his experience at Technology Advisors Inc., a top CRM consulting firm and reseller of Microsoft and Sage business solutions. Mike headed the marketing department as the Marketing Manager where he advised strategic direction in brand identity, Internet marketing, direct marketing, advertising, and graphic design. Previously, Mike spent two years reporting at the Bugle Newspapers, a Chicago Suburban weekly.
 
Get his full bio here: www.walkersands.com/Mike-Santoro

IT’S HUNTING SEASON!! for internships, that is.

By Jess Carnprobst

interns wantedThe greatest, most stressful time of the year is here: internship hunting season. We are all desperate to find the perfect internship, along with all of the perfect materials when applying. I’ve done my fair share of stressing over finding the right internship and attempting to make myself look flawless on applications, so I decided to share some of the tips and pointers I have received.

1. Keep your options open

Most of us have a dream internship that our sights are set on, but it is important to look for a plan B as well. Sometimes things don’t work out with your first choice, and although it may be tough, everything happens for a reason. Brush your shoulder off and move on to your variety of backup options. One of your other choices will undoubtedly provide you with an unforgettable summer full of memories and lessons. Choosing an internship in a field of public relations that you didn’t expect to be interested in can teach you a lot more about what you want in your future than if you choose an internship with an environment you expected and hoped for.

2. Blindly searching isn’t a bad thing

I blindly searched for internships during my freshman year, applied to two, and accepted an internship in Pittsburgh. I had no idea what to expect out of the summer, but it was undoubtedly one of my best. Even though I felt like I had no idea what I was doing during the searching process, I was finding interesting internships along the way. Trust your instincts and listen to the many great mentors around you. Randomly stumbling across a website may be all you need to connect and find the perfect internship.

3. It’s never too early to start

Of course, it’s a good idea to get started early in the year, but I’m not just talking about timing. For all of you underclassmen out there, don’t be afraid to start applying now. The worst that can happen is they say no. You’ll never know unless you try. If you do land an internship while you’re an underclassman, you will have greater chances at more competitive internships in your later years. Employers love seeing driven students who didn’t waste time before striving to apply their knowledge in the real world.

4. Use your available resources

With all of the social media and easy access employer’s websites, there is no excuse for not finding plenty of options. There are Twitter accounts dedicated to tweeting about potential internships. Find a few and start following them. These accounts will help keep your options open and add variety to your searches. PRSSA’s lovely VP of External Relations emails all dues-paying members with internship openings, and Marisa Dockum will even search for internships in a specific location if you ask. It can’t get any easier than that! You can also try Google; some pretty good results come up and will lead you to even more options.

Internship hunting is only as intimidating as you make it, so get out there and have some fun! When you’re putting yourself out there, showing interest in a company and letting your unique personality shine through, you will undoubtedly find an amazing internship with unforgettable experiences. Keep your options open and stay determined!

How to keep your professional life and personal life in perfect balance

By Kelsey Miller

College is hard, especially if you’re a Scripps kid. Adding a relationship into the mix? Now, that seems impossible. But believe it or not, there is hope for all journalism majors at Ohio University. It just takes a little getting used to and some organized skill. Just follow these steps and you and your relationship will be golden, guaranteed:

Decide if the relationship is even worth it. Is this someone who you’ve been pining after for ages? Love at first sight, perhaps? Or is this someone that caught your attention on a typical night out with your friends? Will this person hold you back from your dreams of becoming successful in public relations? By answering these questions honestly, you will save yourself a lot of time, stress and effort in the long run.

Stay organized. So, you have decided that this person is worth it, eh? OK, let the work begin! As well as keeping the relationship with your significant other, you will have to keep an equally strong bond with a planner. This is actually your first baby, congratulations! This planner will be with you at all times to keep you on track and focused. That way, you will have no problems visually seeing when you can pencil your boo in for some face time in person or just a few minutes of FaceTime on your iPhones.

Don’t get overly involved. Scripps kids are known for their overwhelming schedules. Don’t forget that quality over quantity is still very helpful logic to live by. It’s extremely important to be involved, but when you go overboard on all of your meetings and organizations, you’ll spread yourself too thin and become resentful of Scripps and everyone around you, including your other half. The point in a relationship is to enjoy one another’s company. That’s hard to do if you don’t have time and are stressed and always grouchy. College is supposed to be about surrounding yourself with people you love, and doing what you love. So, do yourself a favor and just enjoy the ride. You’re a Scripps kid; you WILL succeed.

Stay in contact frequently. It is important to always be on the same page as your girlfriend/boyfriend. Whether that’s a text message asking how their day is going, or just a quick goodnight call. And even though you have so much cool stuff going on with your life, be sure to ask about them, too! In long-distance situations, the time that you have with together is valuable and the last thing that you want to do is complain about how stressed you are. By asking about them, it gives you an escape from your busy life, and can lead to great conversations, even if it’s just a 10-minute phone call. Not to mention, asking about someone else is a guaranteed way to maintain a long and healthy relationship with anyone!

Spoil your man/woman! It is crucial that your relationship is give and take. Don’t be old school and think that only one party is supposed to treat the other. If you aren’t looking to spend any money, complimenting his or her inner and outer beauty frequently goes a LONG way. They will not only stick around, but they will appreciate everything you do and will reciprocate in many ways.

Make sure to not let the relationship interfere with your college experience. College is a major time in your life that you’ll never get back and it is important to be selfish in some situations. Although a solid relationship is fun to have and maintain, it can also hold you back from making friends or joining clubs that you were always interested in. Before you can be the other half of someone else’s life, you need to figure out who you are. If he or she wants to be with you, they won’t hold you back from fulfilling your dreams.

It’s all about balance. Once you find it, it will be bliss. As I said earlier, enjoy the ride ladies and gentlemen. It will all happen in good time.

What happens when the Bobcat graduates come back to play: 10/14/13, RECAPPED

By Megan Newton

graduate panelExcitement filled Scripps 111 on Monday, October 14, as members took their seats for our weekly meeting, but not before hugging some old friends who were in town for the annual recent graduate panel.

But before we could hear the amazing accomplishments that the last six months have brought our alumni, we were visited by some other fellow Bobcat student organizations. First, members from Empower – a group of students who work together to raise money for the education of children in Uganda – visited to invite students to get involved. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to enrich the lives of others in need, Empower meets every Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Bentley 023, or feel free to follow them on Twitter: @EmpowerUganda.

Representatives of FIJI, a social fraternity currently in the process of re-colonizing their Ohio University chapter, also visited us. The gentlemen spoke to members about a scholarship opportunity for men not currently involved in Greek life. Please note that applying or acceptance of the scholarship is no commitment to the fraternity in any way.

President Nicole Spears then took over the meeting to inform the chapter of events happening in the next few weeks. First, Pumpkin Carving with Ad Club, a Scripps PRSSA tradition, will take place in the Scripps Amphitheater on October 30 at 6:30 p.m. There will be games, snacks, prizes and fun, so be sure to stop by! Also, there will be an information session for Amplified Communication – a new organization started by fellow PRSSA members, on Thursday, October 17th at 7:30 in Ellis 024. For more information, check out their Twitter: @AmplifiedOU.

Finally, onto our very special guests! PRSSA welcomed back Heather Bartman, Allison Jordan, Sienna Tomko and Nikki Germano – all BSJ graduates from the class of 2013.

When asked what they regretted or what they wish they would have done differently during their time spent in beloved Athens, all four girls agreed on one thing: they wish they had studied abroad. The most helpful thing they gained from PRSSA was connections, not only professional but also personal. This made us realize that the people sitting with us in PRSSA truly are going to be your co-workers in a few short years.

Post graduation life brings many challenges. When asked what her biggest challenge was, Allison Jordan replied, “The amount of responsibility you are given can be very intimidating. But, your new employer is going to have faith and confidence in you unless you give them a reason not to.” Sienna Tomko’s struggles involved something very common for new graduates – starting over completely in a new city, all alone.

Heather Bartman’s advice to our undergrads was “have faith that everything can and will fall into place.” Nikki Germano chimed in with great insight as well: “Interview for everything! If there’s something that stands out about you to a potential employer, they’re going to want to talk to you. And when they talk to you, they’ll know if you’re the right fit for the position.”

In conclusion, it was a great night of questions, advice, and reminiscing that proved that the things we learn during our beloved time spent in Scripps Hall are things we are going to carry with us forever – because once a Scripps kid, always a Scripps kid.