Mentorship and Me

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Caylan Hays is one of MP&F’s newest staff associates. Here’s her personal take on mentorship and why it is both meaningful and important. I’ve heard it said before that we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. To me, that ideal captures the essence of mentorship and what might motivate someone to act as a mentor. It’s a great privilege to have been offered wisdom and guidance from people I admire, both personally and professionally. Mentorship doesn’t always come with the title, and sometimes you don’t know you’ve had a mentor … Read More

Why Staying Relevant Is More About Consistency Than Change

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MP&F partner Keith Miles serves as a professional adviser for the PRSSA and, through this, is given the opportunity to share his knowledge with the next generation of PR practitioners. He recently wrote a blog post about the importance of maintaining a curiosity about the world and the importance of relationship building. It first appeared on the PRSA blog PRSay. Read Keith’s entire post below.   With all the talk lately about changes in how our clients communicate with audiences – disruptive technologies, innovation, shifting consumer habits – certain key aspects of the PR profession have remained constant. We still use many of the same … Read More

What Job Candidates in the Communications Industry Need to Know

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This May will mark 25 years since I was an eager college student embarking on an internship at MP&F Public Relations. Little did I know then that it would be the start of a rewarding career in communications. After a few years of client work under my belt, I began to manage our intern program and did that for seven years. For the better part of the last decade, I’ve been screening and interviewing all of our firm’s job candidates. Needless to say, I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years regarding skills that make a successful PR practitioner. … Read More

The Power of Networking

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Most college students hear the mantra “network, network, network” if you want to get a job after graduation. And while most graduates hear what their professors are saying, actually diving in and doing it is a different thing. But it works. Let me tell you how I got my first several internships and, now, my first real job. From internships at Fletcher Rowley, Inc., a political consulting firm, to the Tennessee General Assembly with Sen. Jeff Yarbro, and now at MP&F, my network has helped me climb the ladder. That’s not to say I didn’t work hard or do everything … Read More