Written by Mayla Lohnes

Thank you to everyone who attended the Halloween Mixer last week! There were some great costumes. And if you didn’t attend, well there’s always next year.

 

 

This year the Halloween Mixer was held at the Grasslands Meat Market, in the GardenWalk District, located in Anaheim.

 

I dressed up as a cat, in a black velvet dress and black booties. I threw a little makeup on – whiskers on each side of my face – and was ready to go. My roommate, Taylor Magill, another member of PRSSA, came dressed up as a witch. She couldn’t get enough of the event:

 

 

“I met so many great people and was able to network and give out my number to a few members. I’ll definitely be back next year.”

 

Taylor loved being able to dress up and see other creative costumes. Being a transfer student, she was most excited for reaching out and meeting new people.

 

“I had a great time. I even got my fortune read, and it led to some insight into what the near future may bring.”

 

As a transfer student myself, I thought what better way to get involved and meet other PR members than by going to the mixer.

 

 

When we arrived outside the event, we were welcomed by a group of friendly, smiling faces on the board.

 

“Hello! Welcome to the Halloween mixer.”

 

Any fears I had about going to an event in which I knew no one went out the window. The people greeting us made me feel at ease.

 

We got our picture taken in front of a panel that said: “PRSSA”, and were handed a couple blue tickets.

 

“What is this?”

 

“Your free drink ticket!”

 

Awesome!!

 

Food was provided by the restaurant, with delicious helpings of pork sliders, salad, and baked mac and cheese.  

 

We even had a POP bar filled with popsicles, sponsored by the Global Results Communications, to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

 

And yes, I eventually made my way over to the makeshift bar area, and used my free drink ticket on a refreshing margarita.

 

Inside, everything looked spooktacular. Halloween music played in the background, people danced to the beat, and others sat around and mingled with new and familiar faces.

 

I used the opportunity to network and meet new people. We ended up talking with someone who was working on his confidence-building skills to use at the job he just got offered. He was practicing his confidence, by talking to us.

 

If dancing isn’t your thing, there was also a fortune teller in the corner of the room. It definitely added to the ultra-spooky vibes, as he told you what your future held, based on the cards you picked.

 

I got my fortune read. End result? I have strong beliefs that I stick by, but something may be in my way that’s holding me back. However, rest assured, I will get through it and come out stronger on the other end. Not a bad fortune, if I must say.

 

 

Oh! And there were plenty of opportunities to win prizes: costume contests, mummy wraps, and raffles with some of the prizes being an Urban Decay palette, gift card to GardenWalk restaurants, Vans gift card and more.

 

Overall, I had a great experience at the mixer. Great job to the PRSSA team for helping put this together. To everyone who couldn’t make it this year, please try to make it out next year. I promise you won’t regret it!

For the 2018 PRSSA National Conference to Austin, Texas we had CSUF member Eric Peterson and Tania Aureoles give us some information on the experiences they had and their favorite part of visiting Austin.

 

Eric Peterson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What was your favorite panel and why?

My favorite panel was about personal branding, called “CEO of You 2.0 – Analyzing Your Digital Brand for Future Success.” The speaker, Jason Mollica, from American University explained that it is okay for you to have interests and for them to be evident on your social media channels, because it makes you seem more human, and potential employers want to hire real people, not robots. Having interests outside of work related things is normal and healthy.

What was one memorable quote from that panel?

Jason Mollica: “Give yourself permission to care and dont be afraid of your passions.” 

What schools did you meet?

Texas, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Tennessee, Purdue, Arizona State University, Biola University, Chapman, Brigham Young University.

 

What was the culture like?

This year’s National Conference ended up being the same weekend as the big music festival, Austin City Lights. So there was an element of excitement in the air itself. Anytime we left the hotel (which we mostly did for food) there were people in the streets, some dressed up so they could go to concerts and cowboy boots were everywhere too. We explored 6th street and Congress street, found the Museum of the Weird, The Jackalope Dive Bar, and the Bat Bar, we sang karaoke and played pool, met new people, and networked extensively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather compared to Cali?

It was a bit hotter than home and certainly more humid, It even rained while the sun was shining which was a strange experience to be sure for this California Boy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from Hotel

 

Any sightseeing worth mentioning?

6th street, Museum of the Weird, Voodoo donuts and congress street were all interesting places that were close to the Hilton Hotel where we stayed. Austin City Limits brought in tourists from around the country and they were out in force at all hours of the day and night. So the people watching on 6th Street was great. I was really bummed I had to cut my trip short because the largest bat colony in North America with over 1.5 million bats is in Austin and I wanted to go see the bats fly out from under the bridges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is something valuable you took from attending National Conference?

“Don’t sacrifice Trust or Ethics for a quick win, it will haunt you forever.” – Jason Mollica

 

Tania Aureoles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another CSUF PRSSA member, had this to say about her experience. “Attending the National Conference was such a rewarding experience. I had the opportunity to make meaningful connections not only with members of my own chapter but also with members of other chapters as well as professionals.”

What was your favorite panel and valuable quote?

My favorite panel was (Meet the Living Legends) they were the Keynote speakers of the day. #PRLivingLegends

Ray Kotcher + Cheryl Procter-Rogers

 

Cheryl Procter – Rogers:

Have a Mentor

Build your Network

Be an Expert – Do research on your industry of choice!

 

Ray Kotcher:

Find a mentor and a sponsor. A mentor will advise you, guide you, and counsel you. A sponsor will help you on your path to move in the direction you want to go in.

What was the Gala like?

The Gala was a really nice experience. They had a great dinner following the opening awards ceremony. It was a great opportunity to celebrate all of the hard work and achievements of the winning PRSSA members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did you gain from this experience?

PRSSA National Conference allowed me the opportunity to meet with one of the most accomplished and well-respected men I have ever met. Robert Reich worked for multiple Presidential Administrations and is active in the world of politics and economics. Reich gave a great speech where he said, “Trust is your most precious commodity and if we don’t trust our entire system of communications we start losing the social fabric that ties us together and so you are given a wonderful position to carry this torch to tell your clients that truth and civility are the Hallmarks of a society. It is your social responsibility… you are the torch bearers of truth and civility in a country that is beginning to lose its way with regard to truth and civility you can begin to overcome the sources of separation and distrust and I hope that you do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Conference 2019 will be in San Diego, California held by your very own CSUF PRSSA! So make sure to start saving up now for the amazing opportunity to connect with other Chapters and make valuable connections with professionals.

Welcome to PRSSA!

For those of you returning, welcome back!

So you’ve joined PRSSA, now you’re probably wondering what happens from here. Well that’s what we’re here to help you with!

When I joined PRSSA as a transfer student, I was lost, confused and slightly panicking. It’s hard to be a transfer student and suddenly feel like you’re behind everyone else.

I went to the Kick-Off event and made a single friend who later that night introduced me to some of the Executive Board members. I learned more about the types of committees and the benefits of joining one. This excited me and encouraged me to get involved!

So I joined the Outreach committee! This committee had challenged me in so many ways. I had to meet new people and learn how to maintain conversations with people I didn’t even know. Daily email checks, classroom pitching, and tabling events became second nature to me. It was hard work, but I loved every second of it.

If you’re a bit unsure about joining a committee, think of it this way. Being on a committee can eventually lead to you taking that position over one day. Your future employer is going to see this on your resume and might even choose you over that other person who didn’t get involved at all.

Another recommendation: go to every event/panel you can! Not only do you get to hear from the professionals, you get to connect with them and other members. Trust me on this – connect and build relationships with these members. You never know when you’ll need some advice or even a helping hand when it comes to job options.

So get involved as soon as possible; don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! And the most important advice I can give you: have fun!

5 Things you MUST PACK for Next Generation PR

By Rachel Mayhew

 

Congratulations! You’re on your way to Next Generation PR at California State University, Fullerton! Now comes the hard part; packing.  If you’re anything like me, you’ll need a solid list of things to pack before you travel. Here are 5 things you must pack for your California weekend getaway!

 

Daily Use Items / Essentials

 

The first things I always make sure to pack are the essentials. The absolute worst thing is to show up and realize you’ve forgotten deodorant. First things that go in are any toiletries, medicine, phone/laptop chargers, contact solution, etc. SoCal is expecting lovely weather over this weekend, mid 70’s and sunny!

 

Portable Charger

 

Let’s be honest, a PRSSA Conference means live Twitter updates! You don’t want to leave your followers without knowing about the awesome lunch you just had, so don’t forget a portable charger! Google maps is also a battery drainer, and if you want to #ExploreSoCal with us, you’ll need that bad boy. If you don’t have a portable charger, I highly recommend this one. #NotSpons, I just really love this charger. It saved my life at National Conference in Boston!

 

Business Cards

 

We’re here to network! Business cards are the perfect way to stay in touch with other PRSSA members and professionals that you meet. Make sure you’ve got plenty to spare; it’s better to have extras than to run out early on!

 

Your Sharpest Business Casual Looks

 

As many professionals will tell you, first impressions are key. Part of that first impression is what you are wearing! Make sure you look the part, both for tours on Friday and a full day of panels on Saturday. Make sure you are prepared for a good amount of walking as well, so comfortable and cute shoes are a must.

 

Your Favorite Sunnies and a Hat

 

Here in Southern California, we rarely go out without grabbing our sunglasses or a hat. If you’re heading to the beach, the city, or just to In-N-Out, you want to make sure to protect your eyes and head. It’s going to be rather warm when you get here, so bring your own shade and pack a trendy dad hat. You’ll need them if you’re joining us for Disney Day! Plus, you’ll be ready for that SoCal aesthetic for all your Instagram posts!

With these 5 things, you’re ready to go! Time to get packed and ready to fly to California. We can’t wait to see you at Next Generation PR!

Global Results Communications Boot Camp

by Amanda Barajas

 

As a senior set to graduate in the spring, I have been seizing every opportunity PRSSA has been offering. When I received the email about the Global Results Communications Agency Boot Camp last Fall, I knew I HAD to go.

 

Not just because it would be good experience, but because it made me uncomfortable.

 

Global Results Communications is a leading international tech firm, with clients such as Verizon, Nuance, and Epson (yes, the projectors we all remember from class). Their clients are huge, groundbreaking, and all over the world. My eyes practically bulged when I learned that we would be crafting a PR campaign for one of GRC’s current clients, and we would present the plan to be evaluated by the staff. I knew nothing about technology, and all my PR campaigns have been pitched in the comfort of student groups. To have a real PR pro evaluate the ideas I’ve come up with in less than an hour? The thought terrified me.

 

Which is exactly why it took me 0.2 seconds to register for the boot camp.

 

On a Friday morning I drove to Santa Ana, mildly-sleepy, mildly-anxious, and mildly hoping that no one noticed my shirt crease that happened during the car ride. A group of about 20 CSUF PRSSA members met outside the building, and we all crammed into an elevator to take us to the suite.

 

We sat at a long table and Global Results Managing Director Lora Wilson greeted us. Lora has had a long career in PR, who excels in media relations, strategies, social media, and all aspects of public relations. She was the very definition of a pro, and every few minutes my mind kept wandering back to that PR plan that would soon be happening.

 

After being provided a background on the agency, their services, and clients,  Lora brought in 5 entry-level account associates, with one of the associates a recent CSUF graduate, who was brought in for an internship position and hired on as full-time a month later.

 

It was refreshing to see these young faces, people just like us who can remember the stresses of school in the modern age, offering their advice and insight.  For a full-hour hands were continuously raised as they took our questions, with each associate pitching in and building off each other’s comments and stories. These were the real questions we wanted answered, and there was not that usual hesitancy from students that can be evident around long-time industry pros. We unabashedly, and maybe even a little desperately, asked them what we wanted to know.

 

“Is a professional headshot important to apply for a job?”

“How can I make myself stand out?”

“What’s it like to have an internship abroad?”

 

They talked about the application process, internships, transitioning from school to career, and their day-to-day responsibilities. These were speakers that I wasn’t thinking “Well, okay, I guess hopefully me in 15 years”, but instead “this can be me in one year, maybe even less”. They made life after college seem possible and doable. To hear from young PR pros that it will get better, that you can land a job, eased a massive weight the size of Jupiter off my shoulders.

 

We broke for lunch and then came back to the PR campaign, in which we would be crafting a year-long campaign for Wahoo’s Fish Tacos 30th anniversary. Wahoo’s has a variety of esteemed connections, such as Tony Hawk and Ryan Sheckler at our disposal. We were provided Wahoo’s key messages, objectives, resources, and challenges. We had one hour to work within our team of 5, with the threat of having to present in front of the staff looming over us.

 

The clock was ticking, and we were scribbling down, drawing arrows to connect previous thoughts, and frantically adding in last minute ideas. It was finally time for the groups to present, and I was excited and nervous to show the group what we came up.

 

All of the teams had similar ideas, playing off the same themes and we all brought something a little different to the table. I was half expecting a Miranda Priestly like tear-down of our plan, but instead Lora and the other VP’s were incredibly kind, praising our creativity and offering advice in the most constructive way possible. They brought up that all of our ideas intertwined with each other, and that it shows that when we come together we can put together a stellar campaign.

 

The entire workshop not only gave me hands-on experience of working in a team to prepare a plan, but it gave me the confidence that this career was something I can do. PR is working in a team, adding and tossing ideas, adapting and molding, and giving it your best shot. Standing in that room in front of my peers, teammates, and the GRC team was one of the most exhilarating and fulfilling parts of my school career thus far.

 

The Global Results Communications team was phenomenal, and next time a workshop comes along, if you’re feeling a little hesitant and nervous, trust me, sign up. You’ll surprise yourself with what you’re capable of.

 

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.

How to Survive Disney Day with PRSSA

By Emma Bramer, Vice President

 

Welcome to the Happiest Place on Earth – Next Generation PR Regional Conference! What can make our Regional Conference even happier? Our Disneyland day on April 8!

        For those of you interested in joining us, I have created an FAQ on logistics for the day. As a Disney fanatic, I’ll be your tour guide Barbie for the day!

  1.  What ticket should I buy?

The Disneyland Resort has A LOT of ticket options. Here is the breakdown for a ticket on April 8:

  • One Day Peak Ticket with Admission to ONE Park – $135
    (Choice of Disneyland or Disney California Adventure)
  • One Day Peak Park Hopper Ticket – $185
    (Allows entrance to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure)

Our recommendation is purchasing the one day peak ticket option to save money. Most our day will be spent in Disneyland, so it’s the best deal!

  1.   Do I have to stay with you all day?

You are free to explore the park however you would like! We would love to meet at park opening at 8 a.m. for a group picture in front of the train station before we split off. Our Executive Board will also be eating breakfast at Plaza Inn at 10:30 a.m., so if you would like to join us please RSVP with me by April 1!

  1. How do I get a Fastpass?

Fastpasses are “virtual spot holders” for attractions with longer wait times – like Space Mountain! Fastpasses are free for everyone who has purchased a park ticket. The process is easy:

  • Approach the attraction you want to get a Fastpass from
  • Ask for their Fastpass distribution location
  • Put your park ticket into the Fastpass kiosk
  • It will print you a return time reminder telling you when you can use your pass
  • When it is your time, go to the Fastpass entrance
  • Scan your park ticket to redeem the Fastpass
  • Wait less than 10 minutes to board the ride!

Note: you can only have one Fastpass at a time. You can make a new one every two hours.

The best attractions to get a Fastpass for are Space Mountain, Matterhorn Bobsleds, and Indiana Jones Adventure. These book out fast, so get one first thing in the morning!

  1. But what’s a Maxpass?

Purchasing a Maxpass in addition to your park ticket gives you the ability to reserve Fastpass times on your phone using the Disneyland App. It also gives you unlimited free photo downloads for the whole day!

  • Maxpass price: $10

Warning: you must reserve times like a normal Fastpass! Some book out fast, so do it first thing when you enter the park.

  1. What should I eat?

Disneyland is a foodie’s paradise! From snacks to gourmet meals, you can find the best option for you! Here are my favorites:

  • Churro: $4.75
  • The Grey Stuff Gateau (It’s Delicious!) from Red Rose Tavern: $5.49
  • Mickey Mouse Pretzel with Cheese: $6.00
  • Pizza slice from Redd Rocket’s Pizza Port: ~$8.00
  • Mozzarella cheese sticks from Stage Door Café: $8.75
  • Corn dog from the Little Red Wagon on Main Street U.S.A: $9.50
  • Bread bowl with Steak or Vegetarian Gumbo from Royal Street Veranda: $10.99
  • Pasta from Plaza Inn: $14.49
  • Monte Cristo Sandwich from Café Orleans: $21.00

There are plenty of options for affordable meals at Disneyland! You can download the Disneyland App for a full map of all the restaurants with menus.

  1. What rides should I go on?

My favorite attractions at Disneyland are:

  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Space Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
  • The Disneyland Railroad

Note: most of these attractions offer Fastpass and Maxpass

  1. What should I bring?

Walking around the parks can be tiring. Here’s what you should bring/wear:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Light clothing (Southern California is hot in April!)
  • A jacket for night time
  • A backpack or purse to store personal belongings
  • A water bottle!!! (we don’t want you to get dehydrated!)
  • Money for food and souvenirs
  • An extra pair of socks (for after water rides; there are few things worse than wet socks)
  • Snacks like granola bars to save money and keep your energy
  • A smile – you’re at the happiest place on earth!

What not to bring:

  • Selfie-sticks – they are banned from the park and will be confiscated by security
  • Drugs of any kind – Disneyland is a private property and can ban any substance
  • Alcohol – if you’d like to grab a drink, I recommend Trader Sam’s in the Disneyland Hotel!
  • Weapons – this can be a threat to the safety of others and can result in serious consequences

I am very excited to be spending the weekend with you! If you have any additional questions, please email me at eabramer@csu.fullerton.edu. Have a magical day!

 

I’ve been there too.

I became an active member the Robert E. Rayfield Chapter of PRSSA just last semester and I had no idea where to begin. After attending multiple PRSSA events like the National Conference in Boston, Global Results Communications Bootcamp and every industry panel hosted at CSUF I was eager to gain some experience in the field.

So… I joined a committee.

I first joined the University Relations Committee in October. In my time there I was able to learn more about CICC, and I quickly realized the importance of facilitating relationships with other organizations on campus. While serving on the committee, we communicated with the other clubs on campus and prepared for our Conference, Next Generation PR.

There are many skills that I’ve learned as a committee member. To put it nicely, my email skills were lacking before I joined the University Relations Committee. I checked my emails maybe three times a week, and I had no clue how to use Google Drive to its full potential.

 

 

Once I joined a committee, Google Drive immediately became my best friend. My email competency and response time improved dramatically within the first few weeks alone.

After some time with the University Relations Committee, I decided to expand my skill set through new tasks by joining the Outreach Committee.

 

 

Though it is challenging at times, the experience of being part of the Outreach team is equally as exciting. I’ve had opportunities to network and connect with my fellow PRSSA members in new ways. From tabling at Homecoming and DiscoverFest, pitching our Chapter to communications classes around campus and preparing for Regional Conference, it’s been a wonderful learning opportunity (not to mention a great resume booster).

If you want to get the most out of your PRSSA experience, get involved. Join a committee. Who knows? Maybe we’ll see you running for the executive board in April.

 

Holly Baird of Sitrick & Co. Sponsors CSUF PRSSA Student  Membership

 

Fullerton, CA, January 31, 2018 – California State University, Fullerton’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) hosted “Launch Your Career: PRSSA 101” on January 31, 2018 to kick-start its spring semester. For the first time ever, a student’s membership dues will be sponsored by a CSUF Alumni through a social media contest.

 

“I’m honored to be able to provide this experience to the Public Relations students of CSUF,” said Member of the Firm, Holly Baird.  “When I met with the CSUF PRSSA group this past winter, not only was I impressed with the questions and engagement of the panel, I was even prouder to be a part of the Titan alumni family.”

 

Holly Baird joined Sitrick & Company in November 2005. Over the past 13 years, she has worked her way up the ladder earning a position as Member of the Firm.  Baird hosted CSUF PRSSA’s extremely exclusive and raved about the event, Fight or Flight: Crisis Communications event last November.

 

The sponsorship was announced during CSUF PRSSA’s kickoff event and is open to all students regardless of major.  The contest requires students to participate on Twitter by answering three questions from the CSUF PRSSA twitter page using the hashtag #csufprssaXholly between Feb. 5 and Feb. 7.  Applicants will need to submit a copy of their resume and a short answer of no more than 600 words on why they are the most deserving candidate and what their career aspirations are after graduation.

 

“My collegiate experience at CSUF provided me the background and foundation I needed to thrive in my career and I believe it’s an invaluable experience for the CSUF students to be able to participate in the public relations programs available to them,” said Baird. “I vow to do everything I can to ensure that any of the students in the PRSSA at CSUF are able to access the resources I have in my network.”

 

The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 9.  Applications are to be submitted by email to csufprssa@gmail.com with the subject line “csufprssaXholly” by midnight.

 

Please visit www.csufprssa.org to find out more information about becoming a CSUF PRSSA member or about upcoming events.

 

About The Public Relations Student Society of America at CSUF

The Public Relations Student Society of America at California State University, Fullerton is the premier organization for students to jump-start their careers in communications and public relations. PRSSA retains the highest membership of all PRSSA chapters on the West Coast and is the largest on-campus Student-run communications organization. PRSSA exposes our members to all facets and intricacies of the public relations profession across the spectrum by providing speaker events, career tours, mixers and more. PRSSA is the only organization affiliated with a professional chapter and is the only on-campus organization to offer a Student-run public relations firm that exposes students to real-world opportunities such as social media management, red carpets, writing and more.

 

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Media Contact: Andrew Vo at csufprssa@gmail.com

 

Writer: Daniel Trandell-Smoke and Nicole Freeman

Vice President of Sponsorships

by Indria Thijssen

 

You have to have a network…or be really good at networking.

Networking is a skill that most Communications majors work on and are good at. To put in perspective, the people in your network can offer a sponsorship in one way or another. Having a large network, or building a network, makes it easy to contact different people and open opportunities for you and them.

Be the traveling salesman.

You are selling your organization’s message and beliefs to potential buyers.  You need to be the traveling salesman that is knowledgeable about the organization and ready to answer any questions potential sponsors will throw at you. Think of ways to “sell” the message to potential sponsors and get them to become sponsors. Know your audience and work with their likes and dislikes.

 

You’ll learn the value of rejection.

Also being a traveling salesman, embrace rejection. A lot of people you approach will tell you “no”, and you will quickly learn the value of rejection. With rejection, you learn how to mold your message to different people with each attempt. I’ve learned that with every ten people saying “no”, there will be at least one person interested. The people that said they are not interested before, might turn around. Persistence is key!

 

Being a people person and a nice, genuine person

You are talking to a person. Be genuinely be interested and invested in the happenings of your sponsors and potential sponsors. Be that friend that always texts first and is willing to catch up. People and businesses are more likely to help out, or sponsor, friends and nice people. People are not all bad.

 

The role of Vice President of Sponsorships isn’t for everyone.

Sponsorships is not a role for everyone. You can learn the different people skills needed for the job. If you are planning on pursuing nonprofit PR or opening your own firm, being Vice President of Sponsorships can help prepare you. It is a difficult job that does demand a lot from a person. If you’re interested in this position, I recommend having a committee to help you out, being organized down to a calendar, and having a personality that is willing to roll with the punches. It is a rewarding position and I appreciate the things that I have learned being the Vice President of Sponsorships.