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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.

6 smart productivity strategies for business travelers

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. The 12 most romantic small towns in Europe. In need of a little romance away from the bustling crowds, city lights and sounds?

The 12 most romantic small towns in Europe

Head to one of these romantic small towns in Europe for a holiday you (and your partner) will never forget… 1. Brugge, Belgium. 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.

Being Indispensable

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.

Analyzing Your PR Homework

PR Homework. Congratulations, you have decided to pursue a career in Public Relations.

PR Homework

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. 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?

How to Create Chic Styles for the Office

Our dear friend and fellow blogger at Vanilla Extract posted some style ideas and tips about work attire that are definitely worth sharing… Juggling Life, Work and Responsibilities. One of the best things you can do while in college is get involved in campus organizations.

Juggling Life, Work and Responsibilities

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.

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.

PR Girl PRowess: Handling Event Day

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. The One Day Work Trip. Something that’s been popping up quite frequently is the one day work trip.

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. 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.

PR Girl’s Life Balance Pyramid

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. 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. 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. After the pitch, my eyes could barely stay open.

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. 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. 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. What to Consider as you Plan for Next Year. Early December is generally the time you start presenting PR plans for the next year. Small Ways You Can Improve Your Life. Being a lifestyle and beauty PR girl, I’m constantly in the blogosphere. I ran across these two articles, and thought they were absolutely worth sharing. The topic is “life improvement,” but not in the big scary way that Oprah talks about it. I’m always about bettering myself, but I’m the first to admit that the process is stressful.

How to Make Monday Mornings Better. It’s no secret that everyone hates Monday mornings. Who can blame us? There’s nothing worse than the sound of an alarm on a Monday morning after a peaceful, stress-free weekend.