By: Kabrella Clark
The University of Cincinnati’s PRSSA chapter hosted their first Regional Conference April 8 and 9. As a member of Miami University’s PRSSA chapter, I, Kabrella Clark was able to attend PR Grand Slam.
While at the conference, I had the opportunity to connect with members of other PRSSA chapters. In addition, we spent time listening to stories from a wide-range of professionals involved in social media, marketing communications, small boutique public relations, Adobe Illustrator and more.
Jon Horton, Assistant Athletic Director for Game Presentation at the University of Cincinnati, shared his experience as a professional in the sports world. Horton described how crucial visual storytelling is to his career, especially through social media. His message also included the importance of listening and being transparent.
The most inspiring session of this conference for me was listening to Nick Belpario, who has won seven Emmys. Belpario worked at FOX for sixteen years and is now a professor at The University of Cincinnati. Belpario suggested that people should learn to respect their inexperience, but at the same time ignore it. He explained that so often we get caught up and flustered by things we do not know and “can’t” do, but this only limits what are actually capable of doing.
This advice is applicable to almost anyone, but particularly college students who plan to be in the workforce soon. This transition can be one of the most intimidating and challenging, but as Belpario mentioned, confidence in what you CAN do will take you very far.
All in all, between the amount of successful tips, inspiring people and experiences shared, PR Grand Slam was surely a win.
Thank you to Miami University’s PRSSA for giving me this opportunity!