On Public Relations and Taking Out the Garbage

August 13th, 2014 | Kirk Hazlett | 2 Comments

Sometimes in public relations, you have to take out the garbage.

I recently had a “talk ’em off the ledge” conversation with a young friend who has just passed the half-year mark with a big-city PR firm. She had targeted this particular firm because its focus and client mix mirrored what she had been passionate about in college, and she dove in with enthusiasm.

Image: Nehama Verter via Flickr, CC 2.0

But, as those of us who have “been around the block” a few times know so well, nothing’s perfect, especially when it comes to working for a living, which I’ve talked about before.

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It’s About “Time”

August 6th, 2014 | Kirk Hazlett | 2 Comments

About TimeI’m hanging out in a local mall writing this while my wife has a session with her acupuncturist a couple of miles away. I’m fascinated as I sit here watching folks mosey by with no apparent purpose other than to mosey. “How do they do that?”

Image: Alan via Flickr, CC 2.0

I’m also reminded of a somewhat terrifying, ultimately rewarding, experience I had as a college sophomore. I had transferred to a junior college closer to home after a less-than-stellar year at Auburn University to which I had ventured fully intending to become the world’s greatest civil engineer. Instead, I:

*Set a new personal low in grade achievement
*Partied my brains out
*Fine-tuned my pool shooting skills
*Not so much on the academic side of the river, however

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Success: It All Starts with “PR”

May 14th, 2014 | Kirk Hazlett | 0 Comments

Publication1Occasionally I have bursts of “Wow, that’s interesting!” thinking that surprise even me.

A recent episode was triggered by a realization that many of the important words that we bandy about in the business world start with the letters “PR.”

Although I don’t usually refer to my profession with just those two letters…I prefer to say the words “public relations”…the practice is common and I’m okay with it.

Then it hit me. “PR” introduces many of the words that are used in describing successful businesses and successful businesspeople.

Piqued your interest? Here goes:

  • “PRofessional” – One of the key descriptors of someone who sets an example for others to follow.
  • “PRide” – If you’re not proud of what you’re doing for a living, do something else!…and be amazing at it!
  • “PRomise” – Optimism and belief in your ability to do great things.
  • “PRogressive” – “Lead, follow, or get out of the way”…success doesn’t come from “same ol’, same ol’.”
  • “PRoductive” – Goes without saying…if you’re not accomplishing what you set out to accomplish, what’s the use?

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