Category Archive for: Professional Development

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How to handle criticism from a PR perspective

One of the biggest perceived problems in the world of public relations is criticism. Since the advent of the social media era, handling criticism has been one of the top requests made of PR professionals and agencies by brands and companies. Criticism is perceived negatively in the world of PR—especially by stakeholders who are looking…

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Management Corner: How to Keep Your Team Motivated

It’s Q4 and if you work at an agency, that means it’s chaotic. You’re wading through new business prospects and trying to serve your existing client base. Your clients are trying to sort through strategic planning, contract renewals and resetting expectations for the new year. You and your team need each other more than ever…

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New PR Professionals

4 Career Building Tips For New PR Professionals (That Can’t Be Achieved Behind a Computer)

Strong Career Moves For New PR Professionals It’s back to school time here in New England and across much of the country. Back to school season is often a time of reflection. I have most recently been thinking about what advice I’d give to an emerging generation of new PR professionals that have recently entered the…

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1:1 meetings

Making the Most of 1:1 Meetings

Here at SHIFT we have a long tradition 1:1 meetings (which are exactly what they sound like, meeting one-on-one!). We like to ensure all members of the team have face time with managers to express concerns, work through problems, or just get to know each other better. As my team has grown and more of…

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10 Tips for Surviving Startups

Today’s post is from guest blogger Doug Wheeler, a 25+ year veteran executive in the technology industry. Enjoy! Having spent more than 15 years in the startup school of hard knocks — including some that made a mark (or I’m hoping will soon – go DocuSign!) and others that fizzled out — I’ve learned a great many…

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Agency PR

Advice for Those Considering Agency PR

When it comes to a career in public relations, professionals have many options – including working in-house or at an agency like SHIFT. If you’ve ever considered doing agency PR but weren’t sure, you’re in luck. SHIFT partner and resident hot dog griller Jim Joyal has some considerations to make before shipping off your résumé.…

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Don’t let Your Client Relations Suffer the Winter Blues

There’s still one month of winter left, which means many are deep in the throes of the “winter blues.” While the days are becoming longer, months of darkness, low temperatures and awful weather can still wear you down. It’s difficult when the winter blues consume your personal life, but they can also slowly seep into…

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Entry Level PR

5 Tips for an Entry Level PR Pro

You’ve graduated college and you’re entering the “real world.” A daunting task, as you’ve heard from your parents and friends who’ve taken the plunge, but one you (ready or not) are about to meet head-on. You’ve applied, got the job and start work at SHIFT Communications Monday morning. Before you hit the panic button, keep…

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What it Takes to be in PR

Spring is right around the corner. And while that means better weather, longer days and outdoor eating, it also means college graduates hitting the job market and undergrads looking for internships. SHIFT tends to follow an “always interviewing” approach, since we are focused on smart growth and finding the very best talent in all four…

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Coming Full Circle – From Tech PR and Back Again

Six months ago, I joined the SHIFT Communications team as an Account Director. In my role, I oversee a variety of B2B tech PR programs, providing strategic direction and managing an exceptional team of professionals. You might have called me a bit of an untraditional candidate when I interviewed, having spent many years in PR…

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