College, Covey, PR, Reading, Social Media, Speak Out, Tips

Covey Summaries- Installment 1

I have began reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey for a class, and have decided to share with you all about what I have thought and what I have learned from each chapter.

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Though I am only two chapters in at this point (i.e. installment 1), here is what I think so far.

After reading the first chapter, “Inside-Out”, I believe the main point of the chapter is: how we think and react on the inside effect what happen to us on the outside. Covey, went through multiple personal stories in this chapter about how the way he reacted to a situation, effected the outcome in that situation. Then he would speak of how in hindsight he would react differently, and how that in turn would help the situation play out differently. He spoke a lot about our personal paradigms, and how those effect how we communicate and act, and how if we change those paradigms, this around us will change as well. All in all, Covey discussed how we communicate and act, effect the things and people around us.

I can use this message in my everyday life, by thinking before I react. This will help me to develop better relationships with my friends and family, as well as classmates and coworkers. I think that sometimes I come off very sarcastic, so when I am serious people may not take me seriously or think I am just trying to be funny. If I take time to think about what I say before I say it, I think that people will start to take me more seriously. Overall, I think I can use his idea about personal paradigms, in my own life to cultivate better and truer relationships.

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The next chapter, and the first habit Covey has introduced, was all about the idea of being proactive. Not proactive like doing things before they need to be done, but reacting to things in a proactive way. Instead of blaming situations on outside factors, he suggests deciding on how you can handle them or how you can change them. He went through many examples of ways people have done just that, or ways that people can do that. He spoke of how our stimulus is not the reason for our response, that we have a choice of how we respond.

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I think I can use this in my personal life, as well as in my school and work life. In terms of school, I tend to complain about classes and work load based on how much do or do not like my teachers. If I have a lot of work in classes with teachers I do like I do not care as much. But when I have a lot of work in classes for teachers I don’t like, I get easily annoyed. In terms of stimulus and response, I need to treat all classes the same, focus on my learning, not focus on the professor.

I can use this at work to, on days that my boss isn’t very nice, I have worse days at work. But instead of reacting to him as the stimulus, I can just focus on getting my job done and making the most if it. All in all, I think I can learn to not react right away, and focus on the situation as a whole, not just one thing that annoys me.

Overall, Covey has intrigued me more than I thought he would.

Be looking for my next installment of Covey summaries in the next few weeks.

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Adulting, Advocare, College, Food, Health, Living on your own, Spring, Tips

Spring Cleansing

With the beginning of spring comes spring cleaning.

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Well I’ve decided to do some spring cleansing instead.

I chose to purchase the Advocare 10-day herbal cleanse, because I have used Advocare products before, and loved the result, and the way the program worked.

I started my 10-day cleanse last Monday, so that means I am on day 8 of the 10 days (almost done YAY).

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Even though a “cleanse” sounds like a very difficult thing to do, and not a very fun thing to do, Advocare makes it very easy and honestly kinda fun.

Here is what the cleanse has looked like for me thus far:

Every morning you begin your day by taking two probiotic pills along with a glass or Spark. Spark is a drink that is mad up of amino acids and vitamins, and during the cleanse takes the place of coffee, at least it does for me. (Because sadly you are not supposed to drink coffee during the 10 days).

Then, 30 minutes after you take the probiotic pills, you dink a fiber drink right before breakfast. I don’t really know how to describe this drink other than its kinda gross, but if you chug it, it is tolerable.

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For breakfast I have been eating two scrambled eggs, and a protein shake made of frozen berries, natural peanut butter, cashew milk, and protein powder. Sounds weird but is very yummy.

Then about two hours later you are supposed to have a small snack to keep your metabolism going, I opt for almonds and an apple, or celery and some hummus.

Than again about two hours later, or whenever you decide to have lunch you are supposed to eat a protein, a complex carb, and a fruit or a vegetable. My go to lunch is a Greek salad, loaded with greens, cucumber, tomatoes, and chicken that I try to have prepared the night before. (I love this salad and HIGHLY recommend it). I usually have a Spark with lunch as well.

Two hours later, you guessed it, a snack!

And finally, for dinner, a protein, complex carb, and a fruit or a vegetable. My got to has been sautéed veggies with sweet potato, with an over easy egg on top and some turkey meatballs. Might sound weird, but it is SO good.

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The last step of the cleanse is to take two herbal tablets right before bed with a glass of water.

The cleanse is as easy as it gets. For me the hardest part has been not drinking alcohol (I know its only 10 days, but I’m in college and get major FOMO), drinking enough water (you are supposed to have over a gallon each day), and being prepared. On the cleanse or whenever you are trying to eat clean preparation is VERY necessary.

Overall, I feel healthier, have lost a couple pounds, and just have a good head start on my health this spring.

I recommend a good spring cleanse to anyone and everyone.

College, Crisis Communication, Love Hate relationship, MLB, PR, Social Media, Sports, Uncategorized

The MLB hit a home run, but Cleveland may have struck out

Sports are a huge part of our lives. At least they are a huge part of mine.

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Growing up, not only did my brother and I play every single sport that was ever offered to us, but we also watched every single sport that we could.

In my house, Sports Center and ESPN were on constantly. If there wasn’t a football game, basketball game, or baseball game playing on a network, we would be watching the GOLF Channel. We couldn’t escape it and we didn’t want to.

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With how much sports are a part of our live’s and our society, it is silly that we do not notice the inappropriate things that different teams stand for. We hear about when a player sexual assaults someone, or hits there significant other, but why are we not more outraged with their names and mascots?

In particular, the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Indians.

These names and logos are extremely hurtful to many.

Major League Baseball is finally taking steps to rectify these derogatory terms and images.

In a press release issued by MLB Communications on Jan. 31, 2018, on Twitter,

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MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., “announced that the Cleveland Indians will remove the ‘Chief Wahoo’ logo from their uniforms”.

The press release also spoke about how the MLB is “committed to building a culture of diversity”.

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When I see teams and MLB as a whole making decisions such as this one, it makes me very happy to be a sports fan, even though it has taken them this long to do it.

Though, it is a great thing and I hope that the NFL will follow their lead, it is still a crisis for the brand Of the Cleveland Indians.

This change negatively impacts their brand and their reputation. Fans are upset with change to the team that they know and love.

The PR department of the Indians is going to have to work hard to ensure their fans that their brand will be okay. They will have to quickly choose and name a new mascot, that is both culturally appropriate and that fans can get behind. cleveland-indians-mlb-baseball-round-area-rug.jpg

If they were doing their jobs right, they have already planned for this crisis and know the steps that they will take to ease the transition for their fan base.

They need to show their fans that this is the right and ethical thing to do, but it will definitely not hurt their baseball team and their performance on the field.

It is just something that was bound to happen.

Crisis can happen in any industry and at any time, and most likely when you least expect it. Sports are not an exception.

Though I love sports, I also love when they change and evolve with our society.

Cheers to the MLB.

 

 

College, PR

Social Media is Key

This quarter I am in Central’s PR Agency class, which is a class where we get put into teams and get assigned a local company and do PR for them over the course of the quarter. This year I am in the group that has been assigned to our campus student-run life style magazine The Pulse. http://www.cwupulsemagazine.com/ It is an amazing magazine, but its biggest problem is that the social media outlets for the company are not very consistent and not being viewed as much as they would like it to.

So, it’s my job to help them. I have been researching a lot about how to increase SEOs for the site as well as how to make it so more people see what they are posting on the different outlets.

While I was doing this, I found the blog by Kevin Allen, “top social media tips for PR and marketing pros” https://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/23344.aspx. The infographic on the blog is the most helpful thing I have found so far. Not only does it give you advise about posting on each different social media, but it also tells you what days and times you are likely to get the most views.

So basically, this infographic is a godsend for me, and I hope that it helps me to help The Pulse. Now I know what kind of things get the most hits, videos, always videos. When to post these things so we can reach the widest range of people. As well as how to frame things depending on the different outlet we are using. We can post the exact same thing on all our social media platforms, but this blog helps to show how we can edit the post to fit the platform, to help us boost our SEOs.

All in all, if you are struggling, like I was to help with social media, check out Allen’s blog. It’s bomb.

Adulting, College, Living on your own, Money, PR

The Future of PR

As a student studying public relations, of course I hope to one day have a career in the PR field. So, knowing what to expect of the future of the field is important to me.

After reading the article “3 facts to consider about the future of PR” by Meredith L. Eaton, https://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/23236.aspx??utm_source=salesforce&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Ragan+PR+Daily+News+-+Final+-+July+29,  I have some things to consider.

  1. The fact that PR is called, well, PR.

Even in classes, we do more than just the things you expect from a PR professional.  Like the article says, “PR is becoming more closely integrated with marketing and advertising” (Eaton). We are even required to take marketing classes in order to receive a diploma that says Public Relations on it. PR as a profession is becoming more well-rounded, and I am excited to be a part of a profession that changes and grows with the times.

  1. The fact that our profession might need to take a lesson from our own textbooks.

Like the article states, “Does PR need better PR?” (Eaton). I think yes. When people ask me what my major is and I tell them, I more times than not get a ‘Really? You want to do that with your life? That profession seems a little sketchy,’ Or ‘Wow, I never took you as someone who could lie easily’. PR needs to show people that what we do isn’t malicious. I do not think of myself as a spin doctor at all, so we need to show everyone else that too.

  1. The fact that benefits in any profession are key.

Like most millennials going into a profession, the benefits that come with a job are extremely important. Money matters, but so do other things, like being able to get paid leave if I have a child (for me and my future husband), and being able to go on vacations (with that future husband). Just like Eaton says in the article, the promise of “high quality of life” is very important when choosing a field to enter into.

I’m studying PR, so I want to make sure PR is going in the same direction that I want to go in my life. This article does a good job of making me see the future of my field, and what it needs to change for me to be a happy camper (or professional I suppose).

Adulting, College, Love Hate relationship

Why PR?

Like most 18-year-old newly graduated kids, I went to my college orientation with no idea in the world what I wanted to do with my life.

At the beginning of orientation, we were told to go to the classroom that most aligned with what you believed you wanted to study. This was a very scary moment for me, a person that still had NO idea, I had even made a pro and con list of the different possibilities.

I want to be a nurse? A teacher? A business person? How was I supposed to choose something to do with the rest of my life at such a young age?

I did however know the things I liked doing.

  • Playing sports
  • Hanging out with friends
  • Talking to people
  • Experiencing new things

So, when we were told to pick where to go, I made the decision to go the classroom where they spoke of the PR and communication fields. The lady that opened the discussion lit up about the possibilities that came with a career in PR.

Everything she said related to me in some way. I knew in that moment that I would study Public Relations and hopefully one day make a career out of one of the options she presented that day.

She also spoke of how many people link a public relations major with a minor in sports management. This made me even more excited.

If I could make a life out of being connected to sports and getting to be around many different people I knew I would be happy.

So here I am now a junior in college studying public relations and sports business, all thanks to my decision to go into a random classroom at orientation.

 

 

College, Living on your own, Mental Health, Panel Discussion, Speak Out

IT’S NOT FAIR

This week I attended the IT’S NOT FAIR panel and research fair on Monday, February 27 at 11 a.m. To be completely honest I attended this event to get credit for a class, this blog is giving me credit for writing two blogs… I showed up expecting to stay only for a little bit, just enough time to get pictures and the gist of what was going on, then when the panel starting speaking I was intrigued and stayed for much longer than expected.

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The panel spoke to a lot of things that I was able to relate to, which honestly I was very surprised by. The young man on the far right in the picture, spoke of how we came to Central as a transfer student and lived off campus. He said that friends were not readily available to him and he was not very happy. He began doing things that gave him a little extra spark, for him it was skiing. He said he had always loved skiing but he began doing dangerous things that before he never would have. after hearing about an accident a friend of his had while skiing because of his depression. He realized that he was also depressed and sought help.16730382_673930456116548_4577785328298008722_n.jpg

Though I cannot relate to the skiing part of his story, since I don’t do that, I can relate to more of his story than I thought. I am also a transfer student that lives off campus and  that makes it hard to make friends outside of the circle you may already have. Luckily, those friends that I do have are amazing and never let me feel lonely or sad, but I can see how that can easily happen to a person especially on a college campus.unnamed-1

The panel spoke about how mental health in real life is much different than what is portrayed on the movies. That many people struggle with mental health and you may never know. It can be you roommate, your best friend, or the person sitting next to you in class. Many people feel sad and alone and they do not even realize that they are having real depressive feelings. For most people depression is gradual, it is not just something you wake up in the morning with and if you know someone that is struggling with sadness or maybe you yourself is, you should talk about it because that can really help.

The panel spoke of mental health conditions other than just depression, they spoke a lot about PTSD in student veterans, because two of the panelists were veterans who suffer from PTSD. I can also relate to this issue because I have some very close friends who are over seas and after theyunnamed-2 serve are planning on attending college. I did not even think that they might suffer from PTSD in the future and that might effect them when it comes to be a normal student. But now if God forbid it does happen, I can at least direct them in how to get help.

All in all, I was very pleased with the panel as well as the resource fair, I learned so much and was actually interested about what was being talked about which like I said before I was not expecting at all. Through this fair and panel I learned that there are so many resources on campus for students to utilize. Including, counseling services, both group as well as individual, and you already pay for it in the quarterly fee, so you might as well use it. There are also different groups on campus that can help including Mindful Monday’s, where youunnamed (3).jpg practice mindfulness that can help improve your mood, sleep, concentration, listening skill, as well as teach you ways to encounter your life with awareness, acceptance, and compassion.

Never be ashamed in talking to someone about how you are feeling, know you are never alone, and it is easy to get help if you want it.

Nearly 1-in-5 Americans have a diagnosable mental health condition. Don’t be afraid to talk about it!