Monday, January 21, 2013

What’s the Best Way to Make A First Impression? Learn How at PRONet’s event this month!

You always hear the classic line that “You have one shot to make a lasting impression.” It’s so true! There are many instances when you meet with a potential client, a future employer, or meet someone at a networking event, and their first impression is what sticks! When I started out in PR, many of my clients told me, “You are so good at what you do, but you come off as a very young person.” It hit me hard, but I took it to heart.

As we enter a new year, it’s important for all of us to be reminded about the importance of making that first impression. Next Tuesday, the PRONet committee is hosting an event called, “How to Make a Lasting Impression,” and it will feature three speakers who are experts in their field. Robin Fisher, CEO of Polished, the Image and Style Consultants (@PlishedImage); Denise Graveline (@dontgetcaught), communications consultant and speaker trainer; and Kate Perrin (@PRof_Solutions), CEO of PRofessional Solutions LLC; will discuss the etiquette in job searching, what you should and shouldn’t say during an interview, tips on enhancing your speaking skills, and perfect apparel for interviews and more.

Although this event is geared toward young professionals, anyone is invited to attend! Being in PR for more than 12 years, I’ve seen people who are seasoned professionals who need advice on how to polish their image and tips on face-to-face networking. Even if you aren’t in PR, you can still attend this event. It’s open to PRSA/WWPR members and non-members.

One of the things that many people forget about is their online personality. I’ve seen friends and acquaintances who have posted photos and tweets online that shouldn’t be posted, especially if you are looking for a job. Employers are researching your online personality before bringing someone in for an interview. So, be careful what you post because it is public information.

So, if you are looking for a new perspective on how to present yourself, sign-up for this event! Hope to see you there!


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