Show me, Don't tell me!

We’ve all heard the cliche about actions speaking louder than words-and as the vice president of my PRSSA Chapter I’ve learned the real importance of that phrase.

My Chapter is full of wonderful members with great ideas, but after some time I noticed a pattern developing. The ideas were coming in at full speed but their execution had a long turnaround.

While I was happy to see our members’ inspiration, it was the action that I was waiting on. I noticed that part of the reason was some of them were afraid of others rejecting their idea so they would email or text me privately. I realized that I could apply what I wanted to tell them to my own internship where I’m the bottom of the totem pole.

  Think it through.
If you’re approaching your boss/superior about an idea, suggestion or problem, think through the situation methodically and logically. Don’t point out a problem without a solution. If you have a good idea- think about the budget, long-term effect and find out if they have tried it before. Every good plan has a way to measure and evaluate the outcomes.

Run with it.
Your idea is good, your superior loves it. Now what? Take the reigns. Don’t expect your boss to implement the plan unless they say so. You’re in charge, so take your chance and prove yourself.

There is no I in your plan.
Collaborate. If it’s a big enough idea to sell to the boss, you’ll probably need some help. Work with others who know the type of work and research people. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them, especially for advice. You might be surprised how many people are willing to give you a few minutes of their time. And look at that- you just expanded your network, too.

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