PRCA 3330- Chp. 15 Giving Speeches and Presentations

This weeks reading was all about giving speeches and presentations, here are some key points I found important to remember from the chapter:

  • A speaker talks to listeners, not at them. Use pronouns like “you” and “we” to make the talk more conversational and let our listeners know you are talking to them. It must fit the audience, be specific, get a reaction, have a definite objective, and be timely.
  • Know your objective, a speech can inform, persuade, activate, or celebrate- it can also amuse or entertain. There is no point of making a speech unless it accomplishes somethings. Speechwriting requires clear objectives, effectivie organization of relevant key messages, and knowledge of the audience.
  • Nonverbal communication is important in a speech. Speakers should be enthusiastic, make eye contact, and use gestures that support their words.

If you would like to learn more about writing emails, memos, and proposals check out “Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques (6th Edition) by Dennis L. Wilcox” at Amazon.com


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Will Work For Education??

I’ve been hearing a lot about internships lately, and not just in the public relations sector. There has been many discussions about whether or not unpaid internships are ethical. A post on PR Open Mic first brought this debate to my attention. The New York Times reported that unpaid internships had risen in the past years which seems to be due to the lack of jobs and the state of the economy. Apparently there are 6 requirements that unpaid internships must meet and not all of them are meeting them. The TIMES reports that some employers may feel that it is convenient to lay off workers and get extra help from unpaid students. Another issue is that some internships involve non-education work that does not count as a learning experience. There is also the question of whether less “affluent” students have the same opportunity or pick at internships and if that make students who can not afford to spend a summer without an income “less competitive job candidates” after graduation.

Check out this video, via MoneyTalkNews which shows some of the benefits of unpaid internships (if you can afford them) :

Personally I don’t think I would be able to intern for a semester without working at the same time, that being said, a paid internship would be ideal.  I always see unpaid internships that look like great opportunities for me- so it feels like my choices are automatically cut in half. Is it fair that people who have support from parents or other monetary sources have more options when it comes to internships because they are not held back by needing an income? Do you think that some internships are unethical?

NFL Holds Players to Moral Standards??

Ben Roethlisberger may have gotten pass charges in Georgia but the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t let him off too easy. Roethlisberger will be suspended for 6 games this upcoming season, for breaking the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Here are statements regarding the situation from Goodell (via NyTimes.com):

“I recognize that the allegations in Georgia were disputed and that they did not result in criminal charges being filed against you” – “My decision today is not based on a finding that you violated Georgia law, or on a conclusion that differs from that of the local prosecutor. That said, you are held to a higher standard as an N.F.L. player, and there is nothing about your conduct in Milledgeville that can remotely be described as admirable, responsible or consistent with either the values of the league or the expectations of our fans.”

I think its great that the NFL decided to punish Roethlisberger for his behavior even if it was not found to be criminal. It is bad PR to have someone representing your organization in a way that you would not like to be represented. I hope that this decision stands as a precedent for other players so that they realize that they are representing more than just themselves, and that their personal behavior effects the reputation of their team and their organization.

Girl Scouts Missing Money Making Opportunity??

I just watched this hilarious clip from SNL talks about how the girl scouts are sitting on a money making idea that they don’t know is there! Only selling cookies once a year and not making these delectable delights available through online purchase. Are the Girl Scouts doing bad PR? They’ve been around for a long time and their marketing strategy seems to work for them, but it does make you think, why haven’t they used the internet to their advantage? Why are cookies only available through a quote: “army of little girls?

I couldn’t embed the video, but here is a link to the video via Huffington Post, definitely worth checking out!

PRCA 3330 – For Those About to Blog.. We Salute You

I have really enjoyed learning how to blog and sharing my ideas with my classmates (and hopefully) other people that had achance to read what I had to say (or type..). I had no idea that I would get so carried away with a class assignment but this blog has really felt a lot more like fun then school work. With that being said, here are ten tips to student bloggers, in hopes that you too will get to learn while having fun:

  1. Have your own voice. Write in away that shows people reading your blog what your personality is like. When a person is a good writer its almost like you can hear their voice when your reading their work- this is the effect you want your blog to have.
  2. Have a central topic. People who have popular blogs are usually people who stick to one central idea. Perez Hilton blogs about celebrities, Mashable blogs about social media. If you specialize in one thing, people are going to think of you when they want to learn more about that topic.
  3. Comment. Let people know how you feel about their post-not just “good post” or “yeah I think I heard that” but “I agree” or “I disagree” and offer more feedback on the topic, this way people know your reading for content.. .not just for credit.
  4. Start Early. This blog is due next Tuesday, and I am still finishing up some last minute post and comments. If the topics and assignments you are going to write about are already posted weeks before hand-work ahead. Trust me! When it gets down to finals week and you have tons of work coming to you from all directions you’ll be glad you’re already caught up on your blog.
  5. Have fun. Add pictures, hyperlinks, quirky jokes. Make it fun- yes its an assignment but that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative and think outside the box.
  6. Check out other PR blogs. Looking at how other people in PR blog has really inspired me to create a dot.com blog one day. My favorite has to be LittlePinkBookPr.com, its fun informative and shows the personality of its blogger.
  7. Look everywhere for ideas. Its actually been fun to hear something new on TV and think about what angle would be best to blog about this topic. There are ideas for post everywhere, you just have to look.
  8. Write for your audience. Don’t just write about topics that would be interesting to you. Remember your audience wants relevant post- not just rambling about your day to day activities.
  9. Help each other out. If a classmate post a comment on your blog, visit their blog and comment back. If someone ask for your help with a certain feature of wordpress take the time to explain it to them. When you help each other it makes the process easier.
  10. Tous les Jours Mon Amis!!!( Everyday My Friends!! )Blog everyday, practice makes perfect, the more you do it the better you will get at it.

Go Green- Make Some Green

It’s almost Earth Day, the perfect time of year for a  post about how Mother Nature has been doing some amazing PR lately! It seems like almost every company has some type of “green” thinking behind it now. Linking your product or brand with a green idea is a great way to get some attention while showing the public that you don’t just want to make money- you want to make a difference. Here are some great examples of green advertising:

Hanes goes green, helping the planet for future generations – the kids in this ad are adorable!!

Hilarious-  Ludacris and Tommy Lee go green (from PlanetGreenTV)

For more information on going green, check out 29 Tips To Go Green!