What’s the best advice you would offer to your 20-year-old-self? Check out this video excerpt of the ceremony with their advice, along with even more advice from 50+ top PR Influencers. It’s absolutely news you can use.
Jennifer Risi, Global Chief Communications Officer, Ogilvy Public Relations: Put experience first.
“Your career is a marathon – not a sprint. Gain experience. The money will come.”
Betsaida Alcantara, former Director of Media Planning, Hillary for America: Build Your Network.
“My one piece of advice to my 20-year old self would be to keep expanding your social network. As much as I absolutely love and cherish going home after work, curling up on my couch and watching the latest Game of Thrones episode—meeting new people who can help you grow, who can mentor and support you is a fundamental part of anyone’s success in life. When I look back at the opportunities I seized during my career, such as becoming a communications director for the Obama administration and later the director of media planning for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, they all started with a phone call, a coffee date or an email seeking my networks’ advice and support. All this to say, get out there and build your network of support!”
Melissa Selcher, Vice President, Brand Marketing and Corporate Communications, LinkedIn: Build Your Board of Directors.
“While I’m fortunate to have had a good education and job experiences, I credit my network, above all else, for pushing and pulling me to increasingly rewarding career opportunities. Several years ago, I codified this realization by creating my own board of directors, those in my network who coach me, challenge me, connect me, and believe in me, even when I don’t. I would encourage my 20-year old self to build a board early, and to evolve it, diversify it, nurture it, and thank it, often.”
Juanita Chang, Senior Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs: Think like a partner.
“Despite what you think of each job that you take, treat them as if your career depends on them and approach them as though you are a partner and invested in the long-term success of the company. Never burn bridges. Always be grateful and humble. Write hand written thank you notes to people. Learn their names. Our industry is small and our networks are essential to success, so nurture them.”
Jenn Scalia, Visibility Strategist & Business Coach: Know Your Money Story.
“At 20 years old, I had such limiting beliefs around money and wealth. I thought money was bad and that rich people were evil. This old belief held me back from making good money in my first few years of business. Essentially, I had created an invisible glass ceiling for myself. Once I was able to understand and release those old money stories, my income skyrocketed 1,400% in one year!”