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6 smart productivity strategies for business travelers. Just because business travelers are out of office, doesn't mean they're not at work. According to Expedia, 39% of business travelers say they spend more time working on the road than they do in the office. That statistic was likely much smaller a decade ago, when Wi-Fi was less prevalent and smartphones were in their infancy. Today, however, business travelers have become adept at setting up mobile offices on the fly — whether at the airport, in the car or in their hotel room. There's no reason to fall behind just because you're on the road. Here are six ways business travelers can stay plugged-in and productive when they're on the go. 1. Make sure all of your devices stay charged wherever you are Habitual business travelers are familiar with the stomach-churning feeling of having a computer or phone die in the middle of an important meeting.

Charging should never consume your evening, or put you on edge throughout the day. 2. Is there always reliable Wi-Fi? 3. 4. 5. 6. The 12 most romantic small towns in Europe. In need of a little romance away from the bustling crowds, city lights and sounds? Head to one of these romantic small towns in Europe for a holiday you (and your partner) will never forget… 1.

Brugge, Belgium Brugges is often cited as Europe’s most romantic little town – and it’s not hard to see why. Whether you visit in Summer or Winter (or in between), its impossible not to fall in love with effortlessly romantic Brugges. 2. This little hidden gem is the perfect winter escape you’ve been looking for. 3. Just a couple of hours drive south of Prague one will find the impossibly charming Cesky Krumlov. (source) 4. It’s no secret this would have to be one of the most romantic picks in all of Europe. 5. Lesser known Wroclaw is a perfect choice for travellers looking to get off the beaten path and enjoy a town less frequented by crowds of tourists. 6. Why include just one town when you can visit many? 7. Wikicommons 8. Lesser known Haarlem has all the Dutch charm of Amsterdam and more. 9. 10. Being Indispensable. Being indispensable at work is always important and it’s something I try to achieve every day since I started working in PR.

To be successful and move up the corporate ladder, it’s imperative to demonstrate your value and passion at work as part of the company. Below are a few tips to help you standout at work and prove you are a true asset to your team. Understand your job and position: Know exactly what’s expected of you in your position and work above those standards. Adapt and learn: Work is constantly changing, particularly in PR. It could be a new client, new social media channel or new coworker, embrace change and learn along the way. Be reliable: Follow through on all assignments and complete them on time. Bring ideas to the table: Don’t just listen, be part of the conversation and provide input. Have a niche: Whether it’s your graphic design skills or social media expertise, demonstrate the value of your assets to your team.

How have you become indispensable at work? Image via. Analyzing Your PR Homework. One part of blogging that we absolutely love is hearing from our avid readers. Yesterday we received an email from a reader asking a question I thought was worth sharing the answer to. I read your blog entry on PR Homework, and I wanted to know if there were any other homework ideas or mini practice projects that I can try for myself at home. I have magazines but I don’t know what to do with them. How can I document my analysis? This is a great question especially for those still in college and looking to get a job in PR once they graduate. Don’t look at just one issue – look at several over the course of a few months and tab articles that are reoccurring or take notes on catchy headlines. Want a mini practice project? Also make sure you’re browsing blogs and websites on topics you wouldn’t normally look at. Another important mini homework assignment is getting to know more about the industry. What are some other mini PR assignments you could do at home?

Analyzing Your PR Homework. PR Homework. Congratulations, you have decided to pursue a career in Public Relations. Whether you just graduated high school or recently landed a stellar internship, take a moment to pat yourself on the back because PR is not for the faint of heart. Now, it’s time to do your homework… Analyze Magazines- Some of you may have had a subscription to Cosmopolitan or Vogue since before Bieber was born. However, have you really analyzed these magazines? Sure, you flip through the articles and admire the stunning fashion and luxurious beauty items, but are you noticing the trends? Get off Facebook - I’m glued to the computer all day just as much as the next person. Get Organized – Many of those in the PR industry are your typical Type A personalities with organizational skills that could rival Danny Tanner.

What are some of the ways you are currently preparing for a career in PR? Images via CupcakesandCashmere, iVillage and Cosmopolitan PR Homework filed under: Career & PR. How to Create Chic Styles for the Office. We get this question ever so often – what are some of the best styles for office wear? Our dear friend and fellow blogger at Vanilla Extract posted some style ideas and tips about work attire that are definitely worth sharing… I received an email from someone (who will remain nameless) and it went a little something like this… “I want you to blog about work attire soon.

It’s hard to find a middle ground between looking respectable and looking sexy. And then there’s this other fine line between looking like a young professional and looking like a grandma. I somehow end up dressing like a toddler and a grandma at the same time.” Dear Lover of Toddlers and Grandmas, The good news is that you’ve managed to bypass the whole skanky look altogether by opting for toddlers and tiaras grandmas.

My favorites: Lace Peplum Topshop; Black structured blazer Topshop; Gray blazer Wallis; Navy dress Dorothy Perkins And remember, it’s attitude over everything. Xo, Nichole Original article posted here. Juggling Life, Work and Responsibilities. One of the best things you can do while in college is get involved in campus organizations. While I was in a sorority, I was also a part of our PRSSA chapter on campus. We were honored when we were approached by the PRSSA to write a post for its PRogressions blog about what inspires our blog posts and how we juggle life, work and other responsibilities. Below you can find a copy of the post, plus make sure you follow PRogressions for an inside look at industry professionals and more.

Multitasking is one of the hardest learned skills. Between juggling clients, your personal life and any outside responsibilities, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. We created the blog for several reasons, but one of the main reasons was to create a place that would inspire and bring together young upcoming professionals looking for real world advice. Meg and I created just that. Many often question how we juggle both the blog and our fulltime jobs. Write everything down. Filed under: Career & PR. PR Girl PRowess: Handling Event Day. Today is the day of the biggest event I’ve had to plan from start to finish in my career thus far. It’s been a lot of stress, tearing of hair, begging, pleading, laughing, cheering and screaming. Now that event day is here, I’m oddly calm. Once the day kicks off, somehow my PR brain now knows to go into autopilot. It has been a long way getting here, but I actually think my brain has finally excepted the chaos that is event day.

This is every PR girl on event day Here are a few tricks I’ve learned along way, that help out BIG TIME when event day rolls around: Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before. Image via PR Girl PRowess: Handling Event Day filed under: Career & PR. The One Day Work Trip. Something that’s been popping up quite frequently is the one day work trip. You fly into a city early in the morning for a meeting and fly out late at night. While it has its downsides – waking up at an ungodly hour – and upsides – not having to pack – the one day work trip can be exhausting, but something you will learn to master. Here are a few tips I’ve found to be extremely helpful. Get an ample amount of sleep the night before. Don’t stay late at the office. I personally prefer going on work trips just for the day instead of sleeping over for one night.

What are some other tips for day trips? Image via The One Day Work Trip filed under: Career & PR. PR Girl’s Life Balance Pyramid. I saw Lauryn’s Life Balance Pyramid on her blog this week, and it inspired me to create one for the PR girl. We get loads of questions about “what it takes” to be a successful PR beyatch, and work-life balance is key. Below is how I try to keep it all together: First and foremost, family and friends. Obviously. I live with my sister, I talk to my mom and dad multiple times a week (try to see them at least once a month), and I talk to Adrianna every single day.

What would be in your life balance pyramid? PR Girl’s Life Balance Pyramid filed under: Career & PR, NYC Lifestyle. 8 Tips to Becoming an Effective Writer. As PR professionals, writing is a huge part of our job. From writing a cover letter to a press release to a short pitch, it’s something we have to do every single day. While we may not all be the best writers we can be, here are some tips I’ve personally taken to becoming a more effective writer. Read. The newspaper in the morning, a book in spare time or a magazine on the plane. Take time to read and learn new vocabulary.Write often.

Don’t be afraid to volunteer to write more at work – your colleagues will love you. Also this blog is another outlet I use to practice my writing.Fully understand what you’re writing. How have you become a more effective writer? Image via 8 Tips to Becoming an Effective Writer filed under: Career & PR. PR Girl PRowess: How to Handle Late Nightsnyc PR girls. Over the past couple weeks, I have been treading in some deep water as I prepped for THE biggest new business pitch of my career. The closer we got to the pitch date, the later I was working. I’m not opposed to late nights in the office to get a few things off my plate, but your brain can go a bit numb after a string of them.

Then the days before the pitch, our team was up until all hours rehearsing, redrafting, and rehashing key ideas. It was adrenaline that kept me awake during that incredibly important morning meeting. We’re all going to have nights like this in PR. Take mini breaks – Your wonderful mind needs a breather. Stay hydrated – Water is your brain’s friend. Put the phone away – Don’t get distracted by texting and tweeting. Avoid too much coffee – If you need caffeine, drink green tea. Try to eat right – When you’ve hit your fourth straight day of working hard, you deserve a burger and a great big glass of cab. Image via PR Girl PRowess: How to Handle Late Nights.

PR Girl PRowess: Strut Your Stuff. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing a girl who really came to the office knowing she was right for our open internship. She knew exactly what she wanted to communicate, she knew she could make a good impression, and she did it. Not only was I impressed, but almost every member of my team who met with her agreed shes would make a great fit at our company. This girl is blessed with PR girl confidence. She probably had it from a young age. Not all of us are so lucky. It took me several years to feel sure of myself in my career and in my role at my company.

Semi-stalk those you admire – Yes, this sounds creepy. Get your own Sasha Fierce – As lame as this sounds, I bring myself into a mindset of the task I need to handle and think about how a totally-in-control PR girl would kick ass doing it. Nail your first impression – Come in strong. Image via PR Girl PRowess: Strut Your Stuff filed under: Career & PR. Learn to Write… for Real. When I was little, I was OBSESSED with the book (and popular Nickelodeon Movie) Harriet the Spy. I particularly related to Harriet’s fascination with writing down everything she saw in the world. I used to climb a tree in our front yard and wait for something exciting to happen for me to scribble into the composition notebook my mom got for me at the drugstore.

Growing up in Small Town, Upstate NY, not too much happened. I’d usually make up stories about our neighbors or watch the grass grow. In any case, I can pinpoint these young summers as the time when I became a writer. As PR professionals, we do a heck of a lot of writing. College is a great place to develop your voice, whether you’re a PR major/minor or not.

If you’re like me and didn’t (or don’t) have the luxury of a public relations course, there are a few ways you can continue to develop your writing skills in your professional life. Understand writing is really rewriting – My father used to tell me this every. single. day. How to Stay Motivated at Work. With the holidays approaching, it’s not only hard to stay focused, it’s also difficult to stay motivated. There’s so much going on in our personal lives, it’s easy to start slacking at work. Here are a few tips on how I stay motivated day in and day out. Don’t get overwhelmed. Easier said than done, but when you’re feeling overwhelmed or put down by others, it’s easy to want to give up (PR, not ER).Set goals. Set a goal for yourself each day. Go through what you want to accomplish from your list and check off the boxes one by one.Prioritize.

How do you stay motivated at work? Image via How to Stay Motivated at Work filed under: Career & PR. What to Consider as you Plan for Next Year. Small Ways You Can Improve Your Life. How to Make Monday Mornings Better.