You might already have mad PR skills.
But in our ever-changing game, there’s always room for improvement.
To that end, here are six things you can do right now to become a better PR pro:
1. Read some Charles Bukowski.
Rather than picking up yet another social media book, try reading some Bukowski and observe how a master puts words together. It’s quick and lean. If Bukowski is too raw for you, grab some other fiction, maybe Hemingway
. There’s plenty of evidence to suggest it helps a career
2. Learn to analyze financial statements.
You’re in business, so you should know how to read and interpret financials. If you cannot do this, you will: get screwed over by an accountant someday; lose a bunch of money through a terrible investment; get in trouble with the government for filing bad taxes, or never get to the C-suite/run a successful enterprise of your own.
3. Visit a newsroom.
You’d be surprised how many PR people have never been to a newsroom. It’s so important to see how media live. I’m sure you have contacts. If you didn’t spend part of your career in a newsroom—or it’s been a while—ask if you can pay their workplace a visit.
4. Read blogs with different perspectives.
In our game there are a ton of folks producing great blog content. Find a few new ones and you’ll probably learn new things.
5. Make use of podcasts.
No, podcasting is not
dead! They’re a great way to learn on the fly and stay current
6. Read some mythology. I’m a big fan of mythology
, especially the Greek variety. The stories are well crafted, and the life lessons remain relevant. In this business, we’re all storytellers who can benefit from reading masterfully woven tales.
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A version of this story first appeared on the author's blog Proper Propaganda.