Last Saturday, February 25th, 2012 BUPRSSA held its 6th annual regional PR conference- PRAdvanced Unleash our Generation. While there were a few slight glitches over the course of the day, the end result of the conference was nothing anyone could have ever asked for.
As a member of the planning committee for the conference, I do not think that the conference could have turned out any better. To all of those who attended, the common thought that the conference was a total success. PRAdvanced’s twitter stream blew up with more than 400 tweets with the hashtag #PRAdvanced.
I do not think I have ever witnessed such a positive environment, full of professionals and students so alike, and so willing to help each other and teach each other. Throughout the course of the conference, the networking and connections that were made were truly sincere and genuine. While everyone left the conference feeling differently- I know that I left the conference with a handful of business cards from some of the most passionate and kind people I have ever met
Here are just some other things I left the conference thinking…
1) People want to talk to you– I think this was the number one thing I left the conference thinking. People want to talk to you, and people want to help you. So why not put yourself out there and let people get to know you and what you have to say about the PR industry? What do you have to loose.
2) Your personality is just as important as your resume– Dean Elmore gave a great presentation in the beginning of the conference. He said that finding a job in today’s society is no longer about having a great resume, it is about your personality. Having a driven and a charismatic personality will make people like you and want to talk to you.
3) Don’t gloat about the things you have done– No one wants to talk to a person that is incredibly into himself or herself. Hearing people gloat makes it seem like they have no self-confidence. Listen to what other people have to say, and talk about your accomplishments based upon the insightful words they say to you.
The lessons I learned at PRAdvanced were lessons that I know I would never have been able to learn inside of the classroom setting. I look forward to attending next years conference and reconnecting with the amazing people that I was able to meet at PRAdvanced Unleash our Generation