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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Professional Curiosity Doesn’t ‘Kill Cats’

February 12th, 2014 | Kirk Hazlett | 13 Comments

Publication1The old adage “Curiosity killed the cat” came to mind the other day during a conversation (aka: a “rant”) in one of my classes at Curry College, where I head the undergrad Public Relations Concentration and teach most of the PR courses.

We had had a writing assignment on the “democratization” of reading that came about in part because of the introduction of paperback books.

It was glaringly obvious as I was reviewing the papers that no one had a clue as to the actual meaning of the word…and not a single soul had bothered to look it up.

While I was all set to launch into a self-righteous hissy-fit, I chose not to go that route.

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Forrest Gump Was Right…Life IS a Box of Chocolates

January 8th, 2014 | Kirk Hazlett | 20 Comments

Box of ChocolatesIt has become abundantly clear to me over the past few years that life – through which we all must pass – is an ever-evolving puzzle and a genuine delight.

Image: Adam Collins via Flickr, CC 2.0

Good things come our way, sometimes unexpectedly; and not-so-good (I’m a PR guy; I can’t say “bad”!) things fall on us.

This has become particularly interesting to me in my now decade-long role of “head honcho” of the Curry College Communication Department’s undergraduate Public Relations Concentration. As I talk to more and more students who either are preparing to enter the workplace or have just taken their first tentative steps “out there,” I realize more and more the wonders that life holds for each and every one of us.

I’ve also seen this when I meet as a College of Fellows mentor with young professionals at PRSA’s International Conferences, something I’ve been doing for the past few years as part of my personal and professional commitment to the standards and ideals represented by the College.

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