By: Chase Victor
1. Spread Positivity
It’s easy to get discouraged when a client is not great at communicating or doesn’t like your ideas. However, that is part of the process in learning how to align your talent to the clients’ needs. In order to grow as a valuable team member you must always do your best to look on the bright side. Look for what’s right, not for what’s wrong.
2. Learn to Stay Level-headed
There can be difficult situations that arise whether it’s completing tasks in a narrow time frame or dealing with a crisis. Staying calm and collected is far more productive than blowing a fuse or panicking. Being negative or upset can have a ripple effect within your group and can impede workflow so take a breather and focus on solutions.
3. Learn From Your Mistakes
In a fast moving environment, mistakes can happen but it’s up to you to decide on how to move past them and learn from them. We’re all human, mistakes are part of the learning process, so don’t be too upset about them. It’s not a matter of if, it’s when. But when they do happen, it’s important to take responsibility, move past those mistakes and learn from them so you can grow.
4. Learn to Juggle
The PR world, whether agency or in-house, is a busy place and making sure you have a grasp on your time management skills is absolutely crucial. You need to juggle and prioritize your clients’ needs in a orderly fashion however you and your team see fit.
5. Stay Organized and Reliable
Staying organized and reliable goes hand and hand with juggling tasks and time management skills. It’s best to be very detailed with everything you do, especially your calendars and to-do lists. One tip from a DineAmic Group publicist, Cara Zizzo says to always respond to emails. Whether they are clients or team members. Responding to them lets them know that you’re aware and on top of what needs to be done.
6. Listen Well
Oftentimes, we are so busy that we almost ‘skim’ the information we hear and get right to the task. However, listening doesn’t mean you’re actively understanding what’s being said. To be a better group member, you must be patient and engage when you listen, carefully hear the person to respond and get the correct information down.
7. Never Play the Blame Game
You never want to throw another team member under the bus if they were unable to complete something on time. Instead, let them own up to it and be positive when trying to give constructive criticism. Working in groups is a dynamic environment and requires effective communications and problem solving. If you’re running out of time on a deadline, let someone know that you may need an extension so there’s no confusion. Communication and a positive team atmosphere is key to successful teams.
8. Collaboration, Not Just Cooperation
In simplest terms group projects require cooperation to finish what needs to be done. But after are you pleased with the team’s performance? When collaboration is involved it makes the group much more willing to lend a helping hand. Antonio Garrido, a professional from Absolute Sales Development, says to get into the habit of asking your fellow colleagues, “How can I help you?” at any chance you can take to improve group function.
9. Have Empathy
You want a working environment where your colleagues help and support you, not just tolerate you. However important the work may be, you must remember the human behind the job. Listen and discuss about life outside of work (when appropriate) to show them that you care.
10. Ask for Feedback
Asking for feedback regarding your strengths and weaknesses is crucial in your development as a professional. There’s a time and place for everything so you don’t want to be a pest about having people check your work but asking for constructive criticism is encouraged and lets your group member know that you value their opinion.