Archive | August 2013

Talks with Ted: John Legend “True Colors”

 

I was surprised when I saw this video on Ted Talks because it’s a departure from the usual Talks with Ted I’ve come accustomed to seeing. John Legend performs True Colors, made famous by Cyndi Lauper, during this 4 minute video. 

It makes sense for John to perform a song with such a great message about being who you. After you watched the video above check out Cyndi’s music video below.

 

Happy Friday and remember to live so the world can see your own True Colors.

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The Post-Grad PR Life: PR Job Interview Dos and Don’ts

*Information in his post comes courtesy of PR Daily….

Being a post-grad you will eventually have to interview for a job or maybe interview candidates at your own company. I came across an article recently that shared a lot of great tips for the ever important interview. 

Here are a few of my favorite ‘Dos’ from the list:

  • Do have follow-up questions to ask
    • This is something I’ve been told to do since I starting searching for my first job in high school and it still holds true. You’ll probably come up with questions in the moment, but it’s perfectly fine to write a few questions out before the interview and bring them with you. You want to be prepared and asking questions shows that you are really interested in learning more about the company.
  • Do send a thank-you email
    • After the interview it’s so important to send a follow up email thanking those involved. Be sure to mention something that you talked about during the interview to show that you were really paying attention.
    • It’s also a great idea to send a thank you note to personally thank those involved. In some cases, I’ve heard a handwritten thank you note was the deciding factor in choosing between two qualified candidates. 
  • Do read the job description before sending your resume
    • This goes without saying, but be sure to read the entire job posting carefully. This will not only help you determine if this position is worth applying for and if you have to do anything special to apply. Some job applicants call for you to send just a resumé and cover letter, while others may ask for writing samples. You have to read the entire post to know what is being asked. 

Here are a few of my favorite ‘Don’ts’ from the list:

  • Don’t be late
    • Get there early even if you are sitting in the car for a few extra minutes. It’s better to be at your destination than to be scrambling to make it there on time. 
  • Don’t go to the dark place if you do not land the job
    • You have to get used to rejection. Everything happens in its own time, so if you don’t get that specific job keep at it and eventually you will land in the perfect place.
  • Don’t underprepare
    • Along with coming prepared with questions you should research the company. Also, take deep breaths and practice before you go there. This will help calm your nerves and make you ready. 

Are there any tips you will add to this list? Let me know in the comment section below. 

To learn more about my experiences, connect with me on LinkedIn.

Cheers to the Post-Grad PR Life!

David

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Over the weekend I went and saw the number one movie in America, The Butler. I thought it would be perfect to see this film because of the subject matter during the week of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. If you haven’t seen this film yet, then make a point to catch it while it’s still in theaters.

For me, the film was a major black history lesson told in a narrative way. In my opinion it should be shown in high schools and colleges across the nation to help educate students, not just during the typical month of February. It not only serves up a black history lesson, but students who watch it will also learn about the presidents during that time period.

This movie just might move you to tears, but for good reason. The subject matter shouldn’t be taken lightly and it should inspire us all that we still have a long way to go in are constant fight for equality and justice for all. The film showed me how far we’ve come as a nation, but also how far we still have to go until we are really living the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

I was very happy with the film and the story that is being told in theaters around the world. Hopefully this film will bring change to the world that will continue to advance civil rights for all.

 

LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER tells the story of a White House butler who served seven American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, and many more. Academy Award® nominated Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS) directs and Emmy®-award winning Danny Strong (GAME CHANGE) wrote the script.

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington & I Have a Dream Speech

Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington that gave the world the most famous speech of all time. The speech that I’m speaking of was delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. and he told the world what his dream was. Do you know what speech I’m talking about?

Martin Luther King, Jr’s speech sparked a movement that is being celebrated in cities across the country today. Since I’m not participating any of the marches, I decided I would share his “I Have a Dream” speech to commemorate this special day in history. 

I obviously wasn’t there when the speech happened, but it’s great knowing that people like Mr. King were fighting for my civil rights long before I was born. If it weren’t for the brave people during the civil rights movement, I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be here blogging and sharing my opinions with the world. 

This is a thank you to Mr. King and the other Civil Rights leaders and all of those nameless heroes who stood up for the rights of others. It is because of all of your courage that I can carry the torch and elicit change in the world too (no pressure), be all of who I am and live the life of my dreams. 

 

Georgia Tech Student Gives an Animated Speech

Last week this speech featuring in this edition of Speech of the Week was all over the web and I am only getting a chance to watch it now. It was more about the way that he delivered the speech and less about what was being said.

The student giving the speech did encourage the audience that they can do anything in life, but you’ll have to watch it to see how he delivered it.

What did you think of his delivery?