Category Archive for: Professional Development

2018 resolutions

A Sampling of SHIFTer’s 2018 Resolutions

It’s the start of a new year and here at SHIFT, we are kicking our resolutions into high gear. To celebrate the fresh start and ring in 2018, here’s a look into what we’re resolving to do this year: “I plan to take a page out of Steve Covey’s book and put first things first.…

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Q3 Top Blog

SHIFT Archives: The Best of Q3 2017

As the year comes to a close, we like to analyze the SHIFT archives to learn what content performed best. It’s important to take see what worked and what didn’t work to plan for the new year to come. Want to see how to analyze your own blog? Here’s how. The best of Q3 2017…

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Thankful

SHIFTers Give Thanks

Let’s face it: 2017 has been a doozy. After the hurricanes, political upheaval and Friday Night Lights being taken off Netflix (Say it ain’t so, coach!), many are ready to turn their calendars to 2018 and start fresh. However, now that we’re reaching the end of the year, ‘tis the season to focus on all…

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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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startups

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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winter blues

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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