Monday, December 2, 2013

Three Top Benefits of The Gift of Communication Event


         Recently I had the opportunity to participate in the gift of communication, I am glad I was able to participate. The event was at the Hamilton Yacht Club; each student was assigned a charity to work with, and given a brief prior to the event. There was also professional communicators that attended to lend their expertize and diversify the conversation.

These are the top three benefits I received from participating:

1.)  Excellent Networking Opportunity

In the public relations industry networking is a huge factor, we have all heard the famous saying, “its not what you know, it’s who you know”.  The Gift of Communication is a great way to meet other professionals in the industry, each student is paired with at least one professional communicator, and one representative from the charity. So automatically you have planted the seed for two professional connections, there are also breaks in between and time after for even more networking!

2.)  Working With Charities

As you establish yourself in the community it is important to decide which charities you are going to support. A Gift of Communication was a great way of getting to see a handful of charities at one time, as well as, seeing what their values are as an organization. Being able to communicate with charities gives you some insight into how they operate, and can let you know what you may expect, if this is the area you are interested in for your own carrier.

3.)  Learning From Communication Professionals

Working with communication professionals is a great way to expand your knowledge and it opens your mind up to seeing things differently.  It’s also good to hear some of the things that you will see in the industry and common practices. 

            Participating in A Gift of Communication was definitely a highlight of the semester. I loved creating new relationships and learning more about how charitable organizations work, I am definitely looking forward to participating again and being an active member of the International Association of Business Communicators.
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