What the Gym and a Public Relations Internship Have In Common

A few weeks ago, I found myself at the front door of my old gym. I say old because I can’t really remember the last time I stepped through the doors. To my surprise, I was nervous about whether or not I was going to be able to run as well as I used to. As I got myself back on the treadmill, I found myself thinking of my internship and all of the ways this run was relating to my summer getting to know the public relations industry.

Here’s what I learned:

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: In the fitness world, I like to think it’s quality over quantity. Doing 100 crunches in a minute is great, but only if you are doing them correctly. It’s better to do 50 crunches the right way than 100 crunches the wrong way. So when it comes to your work in the office, I’ve learned it is best to produce quality work than half-done work extremely quickly. Although it is very important to get work done in a timely fashion, making sure it’s done the right way and is of high quality only benefits you—and your clients—in the long run.

Know When to Ask for Help: Now I’m no gym guru, and sometimes I feel like I don’t really know what I’m doing. Instead of getting discouraged I ask the trainers for help. Their advice sets me up to reach my goals. Much like at my internship, it is better to ask for advice and help when you’re not 100 percent sure what direction you are supposed to go in. Take a stab at doing it yourself, but if you get stuck there’s always someone around to lend some advice. Being new to the industry, I’m not always going to know the ins and outs of public relations. Asking for help sets me up for success in the future and ensures that next time I know exactly what to do.

Patience and Understanding: Right now, going out for a run doesn’t mean I’m finishing a 10K. I know that it is not realistic, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get frustrated. I realize that I have to be patient and understand my stamina isn’t there yet, but it will be if I put in the effort. The same goes with working in public relations. I understand that I’m new to the industry and I want to learn all I can, but I have to be patient with myself. Some things I’ll pick up faster than others, and I have to be patient while I take it all in.

In the two months I’ve been at Solomon McCown, I can’t believe all I have learned. I can’t wait to see how much more I learn in the next two months!

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