My summer has been full of the typical summer activities like lounging in the pool, going to cookouts, and simply enjoying the outdoors, but it has also included HOMEWORK!! Yes, I said homework! I was not only busy absorbing the warmth of the sun I was diligently working to complete two college courses this summer. Both of these classes were online, but do not let that fool you in to thinking it made them easier. That is FAR from the truth! But as I reflect back on the short semester I realize I not only learned a great deal of information, I can actually say I took away some valuable lessons that I will take with me as I work towards my degree and into my professional career. One of the courses was Human Development and it was extremely enlightening; however, its content was not as intriguing as Intro to Public Relations. I honestly feel anyone and everyone would benefit from taking a Public Relations course!
Let me explain…
When I first learned that Into to Public Relations was a required course for my minor, Applied Communications, I was not exactly thrilled. I don’t really enjoy standing in front of people giving speeches and I honestly thought that was the concept of this course. However, once the course began I quickly changed my opinion. I need to add that this summer course was a mere five weeks, which meant a lot of material was covered in a short amount of time. There were days I felt overwhelmed with the amount of homework and projects that were due, but I persevered and got it all done! Yay me! With all of that being said, I now want to detail for you some of the lessons I have taken away from the course. First and foremost, I feel all professionals need to abide by a basic code of ethical conduct which simply put is acting with honestly and integrity at all times. This is a rule to live by!
Next lesson learned, always research, plan, communicate, and evaluate in that order. This makes perfect sense if you think about it. If you do not do the necessary research, which is the first step, you cannot strategically map out a plan and if you don’t have a plan you cannot communicate or evaluate it. It is a tool that should be utilized when finding a job, buying a house, and even getting married! All four steps are essential in carrying out life.
The last lesson I will disclose, but certainly not the last I have taken away from this course is establishing source credibility. Ultimately, source credibility is the ability for others to believe what you say is true. As a professional or even in a person sense, if your audience does not believe your message then you have NO source credibility and the message will go unheard. Therefore, by creating a respectful and honest relationship with any type of audience one can achieve the desired results and succeed.
Well, there you go, just a few of the lessons I have learned in my summer Intro to Public Relations class. I plan on applying them to my life and to obtain my professional goals and I highly recommend a class such as this to any person interested in achieving success in life!