3 Things To Do Before You Get To Next Generation PR
by Rachel Mayhew
Going to a professional conference, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie, can be a bit nerve-wracking. Here are some quick tips and tricks to make sure you’re prepared!
1..Look up the speakers beforehand
It is extremely important to research speakers before you attend a conference. Not only will it help you choose what panels you want to go to, but it will help you when it comes to networking and asking important questions. You don’t want to be the person who asks something that can be easily found online. Do your homework, know who is attending. To give you a place to start, you can find bios for all of our guests here. (https://nextgenpr.org/conference-speakers/)
2. Have your elevator pitch ready to go
You’ll be meeting a lot of people this weekend, including leading industry professionals. To make the most of this opportunity, be able to pitch yourself in under a minute. You should be able to explain who you are, what you want to do, and what you’ve done. The whole point is to make someone interested, and ask more questions! The best way to craft the perfect elevator pitch? Practice, practice, and more practice.
3. Update/Make a LinkedIn
Last, but definitely not least, update your LinkedIn! If you don’t have one, stop what you are doing and make one now. If you’re successful networking, people will want to connect with you. LinkedIn is a valuable resource for any young professional. Make sure it is updated with all of your recent work, even if it’s just school related. Upload a resume, some work samples, anything that will showcase your skills. Make sure your picture is updated as well, and not a selfie! An updated LinkedIn may be your final key to networking success.
With that settled, you’re ready for Next Generation PR. With these three tips, you’ll be sure to ask smart questions, network like a pro, and make lasting connections with other PRSSA students and industry professionals.