Words hold weight and because of that, power. Not only in the sense of writing and speaking, but telling a story. It allows you to relay a message that someone across the world or sitting right next to you, has not heard.
Did you know that “Nearly 1,000 children under age 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene” (Team World Vision). Probably not, but this is where my public relations career began.
Once I realized how little I knew about an organization I was running 26.2 miles with, I discerned others lacked this same knowledge as I started collecting donations and having conversations.
I found public relations to be a world where I could tell a story that would make a difference. I wield the power to make a difference through blogging, speaking, and photography. The greatest lesson one can discover from PR is ultimately, what it boils down to, passion. Mine is the love I have for people and the need that exists
Sometimes I must go for a run because there is so much agony and pain relentlessly hitting the world, unceasingly. Through all of that is the beauty. The smile of a toothless elderly person, the laughter of a child, a hug from your mom, or the changing of leaves in autumn. Beauty in the simplest forms.
Public relations is self-discovery. You go the lengths to find the depths of a story most people don’t know and share it with them (defined as a particular audience). With PR, I have learned more about myself than I probably would have if I became a veterinarian, an occupation I still heavily consider from time to time. Self-discovery is the first step in transformation. you need to be aware of your strengths and weaknesses, to be tested, and challenged, to grow for what is ahead.
Knowledge is a double-edged sword you wield. Knowing what is and what could be, but what yet isn’t. PR has allowed me to see the world in the most objective view possible. It has unintentionally shown me corruption lying outside my dorm room, but it prepared me to make a difference.
~ Jessie Kilbride, President of Olivet PRSSA
To see the original post, visit here: https://www.iflookscouldkil.com/single-post/2018/01/14/Unintentional-Lessons