Not Letting Your Skills Atrophy : 5 Ways To Stay Sharp In Your Everyday #PR

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Right now, I contract as a Marketing Associate for a Real Estate Development Co. in Dallas. It’s not my targeted vocation; however, I’m learning some interesting topics, strategies and just taking everything in as a valuable learning experience. This role is a lot of project management, campaign marketing, some social media, website building, editing, etc.

But so my skills don’t atrophy for lack of use, because I’m not writing press materials, or dealing with a lot of social media etc — I read the news daily, I write daily, I engage in social media daily, any opportunity I have to assist someone in pr or social media strategy I make myself available …RIGHT.

My targeted vocation here in Dallas, is in the arena of community relations + social media marketing + communications + PR, and when those opportunities present themselves I want to be ready to take on whatever I need to do in the new role. I want to make sure that I am prepared.

Here are 5 Ways I’ve Been Able to Keep My Skills Sharp

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Lights! Smartphone Camera! Charisma! Sabrina Shares 3 Networking Tips In Her Arsenal

Lights! Smartphone Camera! Charisma!

I’m on the networking move! Tonite I will be attending the Women In Media Mentoring event @ Moroch Agency in Dallas, Tex. — and I am excited! I’m looking forward to an evening of cocktails and conversations. Krista Whitley Castellarin, whose linkedin profile says that she’s a former cheerleader, and a MEAN GIRL, (: is tonite’s keynote. yaay!

UPDATE:  No keynote speaker ):

3 Networking Tips Sabrina Has In Her Arsenal

Be Conscious of Your Appearance Walk into the networking event with a positive attitude. Smile; look approachable, and be willing to approach others at the event. The simplest thing you can do — is give away a SMILE to people you come in eye contact with, because smiles… they’re FREE…. give them away! Also: DON’T have poor body language. DON’T cross your arms. And DON’T constantly look down.

Ask a General Question or Provide Comment You are not the only one who may be feeling awkward at the networking event. If you see someone standing there or sitting at a table by themselves, be willing to approach them and simply ask a question or provide a comment that they can relate to.

BE THERE! NO Tweeting. NO Facebook’ing (DO IT AFTERWARD) – Be at the event — take it all in. Because this is a speaker session, they will probably ask at the end of the talk — if there are any questions. Therefore, listen intently, and try to ask a poignant question of the speaker when prompted. This gives you an astute advantage, making you look credible, engaged and someone worth getting to know. Don’t be surprised when you’re approached for networking at the end of the event.

p.s. Your business cards are a given people.

Dueces! – Sab

UPDATE: The way it is formatted on the website — looks like there was going to be a speaker. I should have looked at the posting date closely. I saw the 3 months ago, and 1 month ago, but I just thought that’s when it was updated. My mistake. 😦

WIM

Dallas’ Beautiful Brown Girl Inaugural Brunch! …the Good Times Got Steam Rolled!

Get it? .. Let the Good Times Roll? …Well It Got Steam Rolled? Well… a steam roller was used…lol But you get what I meant…LOL!

Beautiful Brown Girls Dallas hosted its first inaugural brunch at Max’s Wine Dive. This was a much needed girls time for me, because I’ve been without that having your girls void. I’m in a new city, and I’m trying to make new friends, therefore it was comforting to be among other women who felt the same way. They want to meet other women WHO LOOK LIKE THEM, share their interests, not be judged, and walk into a situation of smiling faces, great conversation & laughter. That’s what I got yesterday afternoon.

Beautiful Brown Girls Brunch Club @ Max's Wine Dive

Beautiful Brown Girls Brunch Club @ Max’s Wine Dive

I met a young lady named Sherryl, who had driven from Ft. Worth, she had such a warm friendly presence to her — I point that out b/c she was the first to arrive. ..and quiet honestly, all the women were just amiable, themselves and fun. Gwen, whom owns her own event planning business — she was the life of the table — I am looking forward to getting to know her. Naz, from my hometown Milwaukee, Gee Gee, was another beautiful brown girl, she was just so stunning in complexion and personality. Christina the Ethopian Attorney, I point that out b/c she addressed her background as such, and she also schooled me on Kwanzaa. Tonya, who is seems like she definitely knows how to have a good time, I’m looking forward to touching back with her. SEE!! New friendships are being made, and I’m excited at the thought. It’s just something about convening over brunch — it relaxes.

That’s why I wanted to be a part of the beautiful brown girls brand and mission. Here’s to more successful brunch’s and events!