The Public Relations Student Society of America held their annual National Conference in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 15-19, 2010. Jessica Agudelo, De’Launa Carriere, Anaisabel Garcia, Nicole Garcia, Sabrina Gomez, Gretel Perez and Jacques Rozier, (members of the FIU PRSSA Chapter) attended this exclusive event which included speakers and CEO’s in the PR industries of Fashion, Politics, Entertainment, Sports and many others. These members have obtained critical information that will be imperative to their careers as PR professionals such as resume writing, career preparation, internships and job searching. The next annual PRSSA National Conference will be held next year in Orlando and FIU PRSSA hopes to attract more members to attend and be apart of this life-changing event.
This year PRSA and PRSSA worked together once again to bring students the ultimate National Conference experience as the nations historic capital Washington, D.C. provided innovation and opportunity as the host city. Our Chapter President, Anaisabel Garcia, arrived at the PRSSA 2010 National Conference on Friday October 15 with members of the Florida International University William C. Adams PRSSA Chapter. As a senior, this final trip to National Conference was particularly exciting and sentimental for Ana. Check out a few of the awesome pictures from Nationals and read about Ana’s experience below:
“As a senior, the PRSSA National Conference this year was beneficial in helping me figure out what direction to take in my career as well as very emotional since it was the last time I was going to see my national friends all together in one place. In attending almost every workshop possible that weekend, I soaked in so much information and made great contacts that I brought back home with me to help me find a job in my profession.
The Living Legends Panel taught me a valuable lesson: value people, not things, always contribute something back to society, and learn to balance your work and life. These are tips I hear constantly, but when they described it to us, it just put it all in place for me. Also, attending the workshop about what to do after graduation, a CEO’s advice, I was so honored to be listening to the advice from Walter Bateman, (photo attached) and listening to him telling us what to expect and how to deal with the demands of employers, but most importantly, to understand our worth as well.
At National Conference, Jacques and I met Cedric Bess, a FIU SJMC Alum, past Chapter President and past PRSSA National President. This was by far the most influential, non-formal workshop I was graced with. Cedric Bess painted a vivid picture of what our chapter used to be, and encouraged me to not give up on our goals and initiatives.
He raised my low spirits and gave the little faith I had a huge shock. I appreciated him taking the time in speaking to us and letting us know that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, and we should be very prideful in who we represent, PRSSA William C. Adams Chapter and to walk in confidence, as we have a rich history on a National level.
Conference was amazing! D.C. was beautiful! I learned lessons from the pros, learned lessons from myself and my leadership skills, and I appreciate my profession now more than ever.”
Never participated in a Twitter Chat? Here are a few tips!
Before the chat
•Join the #PRStudChat LinkedIn Group The group has been set up to anchor participants. Get to know the other members that will be attending the chat. Feel free to “message” them through the group, to let them know you are looking forward to hearing from them. Take an active role in the group by posting disucssion topics or adding your comments to current discussions. And be sure to start following those members you find interesting, Remember, participants won’t be able to DM you if you are not following.
•Follow the hashtag in advance of the chat, so that you can get to know who is coming (you can “follow” the hashtag by either searching for #PRStudchat or setting up a column in TweetDeck)
•Tweet with the hashtag in advance. Let everyone know you will be attending. Tell them something about yourself and what you hope to gain from the conversation
•Encourage other PR Students and professionals to join in. The quality of the dialog is dependent on the participants, and you can help by referring those you respect.
•”Watch” other chats. If this is your first Twitter chat and you are curious to “watch” a chat before jumping in, you may want to check out #journchat, a weekly discussion between PR professionals and journalists (Monday evenings 8pm EST) or #PR20chat a weekly discussion about PR 2.0 and the future of the PR industry (Wednesday evenings 8pm EST)
During the chat
•Log on to Tweetchat.com or Tweetgrid.com and use the hashtag #PRStudchat. This will allow you to participate in the conversation real time, without the distractions of tweets from those not participating in the chat
•It’ okay to talk. Please jump in and voice your questions, comments and advice. Discussion and debate are encouraged, but please be respectful so that we can maintain an environment where everyone is comfortable asking questions.
•It’s okay to listen. RT comments you find particularly valuable, to help assure that they do not get lost in a fast paced conversation.
•Stay on topic. If you want to discuss something off topic with a participant, drop the hashtag.
After the chat
•Consider and continue the conversation. Blog about the chat and your experience. Take a moment to review the conversation (rough transcripts can be made at http://wthashtag.com/Prstudchat and a clean summary of the event will be available shortly after. Continue to use the hashtag.
•Build relationships with new tweeps you hope to learn more from; Follow their blogs and tweets, Check out their profiles and websites. Continue to use the LinkedIn Group to learn about future chats and follow up to the conversation. Once you have built an individual relationship with other members, send a personal invitation to them to join your LinkedIn network.
At this year’s PRSSA National Conference, we have an opportunity to improve the lives of young children and high-risk youth in the Washington D.C. area through donations to For the Love of Children (FLOC). FLOC provides young children and high-risk youth with resources to achieve educational and personal success and prepares them to become confident, life-long learners and contributing members of their communities.
If every Chapter brings a donation worth $50 to Nationals, we could raise enough money to purchase all their needed computers. Please help us help them reach their goal!
To help FLOC raise money for new computers, each Chapter can donate used printer ink cartridges and old cell phones, or through a monetary donation. All donations should be dropped off 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, in Lincoln 2-4 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park during National Conference. If you are unable to drop off your donation at that time, you may give it to PRSSA Vice President of Chapter Development Kimberly Ciesla at anytime during the Conference. Make checks payable to “FLOC,” not PRSSA.