As many of you know, I'm just getting back from another leg of my 2010 Fall Speaking Tour. Over the past 8 days, I was in over 5 different cities as I reached many students and career representatives with my internship message. Here are a few notes about my travels......
I was pleased to find that more students were already familiar with InternQueen.com. This tells me that students are actively seeking opportunities, which is always great to hear. Throughout my presentations, students came prepared with a notepad and asked tons of questions. I was handed more student business cards than usual. I enjoyed looking over these cards and I think they're a great idea. That being said, if you are going to make them, you MUST make them pop and show off your personality. If I'm handed one GREAT business card it makes the not-so-great card look really bad. I'll do another blog on biz cards later this week.
On Career Centers
The New York conference I attended and presented at was amazing. I've never felt such a strong connection with a group of career center professionals. They were innovative, had great thoughts and comments to share, and were open to my suggestions. I actually think I may have convinced several to start a Twitter page to better connect with students! And these were individuals who refused to start Twitter in the past. It was refreshing to hear so much passion behind internships and connecting directly with students. If you work in a career center and don't normally attend these types of regional events, I really encourage you to check them out. I've spoken at a variety of different sized events and found this intimate event to be extremely helpful in connecting and sharing stories.
On Washington DC and the PRSSA National Conference
The weather in DC was amazing and I enjoyed the city as a local, staying with some friends. The PRSSA Conference was amazing. I felt I was at home, with my fans, with my students - it couldn't have gone better! Thank you to all of the PRSSA students around the country for making me feel so at home :) Your energy was contagious.
On Traveling & Fashion (In General)
I don't think I would have made it through the week without my black Corso Como boots that took me from the streets of New York City right into my speaking engagements. Another must-have for me this trip, was a gray fringed scarf from the Vegas JCrew Outlet - this was a must-have for the airplanes!