Can not wait to dive into my new book! Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager. I hope to learn more about being a self starter and a leader!
I stumbled upon method laundry detergent on Monday during my shopping visit at target. Method specializes in home good cleaning supplies. Consequently, my roommate brought home the method liquid dish soap prior to my encounter with the laundry detergent.
The laundry detergent has an eye-cathcing bottle that is sold by the ‘pump’. Different to my eye. About 4 pumps = 1 load.
The large bottles in the above photo individually contain enough for 50 loads. It was on sale for $14.99 (normally $16.99). Or, if you wanted to try the product but did not want spend the money, you could purchase the $2.99 ‘trial’ bottle which contain 4 loads.
I introduce you to a fine publicity / advertising / marketing stunt. One that caught my attention and persuaded me to buy the trial size. I used it for the first time today and…..I like it! I predict future purchases. Not to forget to mention the content was witty!
In a small town just in between Tampa and Orlando resides Plant City. Plant City is a small, yet powerful town, known for their strawberries. In fact, it is the winter strawberry capital of the world. How is this possible? Well, the soil is rich, the farm land is vast and the weather is perfect. You see, it doesn’t get too hot or too cold in Plant City during the winter / harvesting months (Thanksgiving to Easter). When a cold front does come through, the farmers will turn on their water sprinklers, just before the front hits. This is to create a frozen shell around the berries. The shell protects the berries from frostbite and it makes it a little more sweeter.
How do I know all of this? I competed in the hometown scholarship pageant, Strawberry Queen. Strawberry Queen can be compared to Miss America. Typically, the pageant takes place each year during the first or second weekend in Feb. In order to compete in the Strawberry Queen pageant, you must live in Plant City limits, are between the ages of 16 and 20 and have good academic standing. The Queen and her court (4 other gals) represent the town throughout the year but most importantly during the Strawberry Festival season. For the most part, any gal who lives in Plant City waits anxilsuly for her chance to compete for Strawberry Queen.
The phases of competition include: personal interview, 30 second on-stage commercial / public speaking, swimsuit (it has changed to casual wear) and evening gown. After those phases are complete the judges narrow down the girls to a top 10. The top 10 is then whisked back to a private, sound proof room. Each girl is pulled to answer the same onstage question. Only the audience knows the onstage question. The question is typically about Plant City or the festival.
Although, I did not become Strawberry Queen, I did make it to the top 10. I prepared and prepared for this pageant for about a year. My preparations included an interview prep and onstage question prep as these were the most nerve wrecking phases. My coach also helped me with the commercial / public speaking phases and walking on stage. Competing in the pageant really gave me boost to the real world interviewing and confidence with public speaking. I can honestly say that preparing for Strawberry Queen helped me with my interviewing skills and public speaking skills.
Check out the photos below from the competition!
To learn more about the Strawberry Festival visit: Website
To learn more about the pageant: Website
*Photo on the left was taken after the 30 second commercial / public speaking phase.
*Photo on the right was taken during the onstage question.
You know you are a public relations student when there are no exams the last semester of classes. Just a bunch of presentations and a lot of RESEARCH!
In my public relations capstone class, ( core class needed to graduate) Strategic Communication Campaigns, the course is based around one big giant team project. To say the least, the class is intense. So intense that in order to participate each student must sign a nondiclosure agreement. With that being said, I will only be able to post generic information about the class project.
Each student must apply for a team position and the professors placed the students in teams based on the position applied and their resume and cover letter.
I applied for account executive and got the position! Hooray!
Description of account executive from the project summary: ‘The account executive serves as the liaison between the team and the the client and is the one who has to translate the client’s needs and thoughts for the team. She/he also takes the lead in presenting team ideas to the client and sorting out problems. The account executive is an agency context is the project leader. As a result the account executive is responsible for the overall strategy and final project execution and has to work with each team member on every aspect of the campaign process”
Now, operation team project is in full swing! Cannot wait to learn more about public relations and advertising!
Check out the PDF link to view my resume and cover letter which helped me land the team position!
JohnsonJennifer —> resume and cover letter!
Until next time,
Click on the video to view me practicing my elevator pitch required for one of my public relations classes!
The last class I need to graduate is Spanish 2! This should help 🙂