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Three Reflections on the Tao of Business Cards

September 29, 2011 2 comments

My New Run of Business Cards From Moo.com

In a recent post, I tried to compile some strategies for students to maximize their networking opportunities in the hope of gainful employment.  One of the things I advised them to do was to have their own business cards to give to people they meet.

Though it seems like a superficial practice, the act of preparing one’s own business cards can be an important opportunity for reflection and self-realization.  They’re not just for other people – they’re also for ourselves.

No, I’m not kidding.  Here’s why: Read more…

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Networking Tips for Public Relations Students

September 26, 2011 9 comments

Last week my better half Adrienne Wallace and I spoke with Grand Valley State University’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and offered some advice on how students should network with public relations professionals.  Networking is critical to virtually any profession, but it’s particularly important in PR given how much of the job is social (connecting not only with prospective employers, but media contacts, and colleagues who can be great resources one may need for projects).

If you’re a PR student and you’re not networking and taking internships (ie building work experience) – you’ll have a very hard time finding employment when you graduate.  While job posting platforms like Monster, Indeed, Linkedin, Beyond, CareerBuilder, Brazen Careerist and PRSA’s Job Center are great resources – the vast majority of jobs are not posted anywhere and are acquired based on who you know.

Here’s the gist of what we told them in case any other students find it to be helpful: Read more…

Flexing Your Social Network to Tag-Team Hunger With a Flying Elbow From the Third Turnbuckle

June 22, 2011 1 comment

Giving Hunger a Flying Elbow From the Third Turnbuckle (Ooh yeah)

Here’s an inspiring social media story for you:

For her birthday, my S.O. Adrienne Wallace decided to raise money for Kids Food Basket (a fantastic charity here in Grand Rapids).  She happened on the fundraising platform “Causes” that offers a robust set of features that plug directly into social networking tools like Facebook and set a modest goal of $500 in contributions in lieu of gifts for herself.

Causes accepts a variety of social media-friendly donation methods, offers fun and valuable analytics to engage one’s audience (tracking who was first to give, who gave most recently, who gave the most, and offers a chance for people to become “Sidekicks” by spreading the message beyond Facebook by emailing five other friends).  It also offers anonymity if donors desire that, and it allows the organizer to personally thank each donor. Read more…