It all started with a chance encounter...we were introduced by a trusted advisor.
We both thought it would be a short-lived experience...we could only meet once a week in the evening. How could it possibly work out?
But we were wrong...I was hooked from the first...loved the talk of "relationships" and "mutual understanding." This was a commitment I was ready for.
And I was right! We've now been a "team" for more than 40 years...
I just received a "Google Alerts" notice that the second of two guest blog posts I wrote for two friends, Shonali Burke and Larry Thomas, had been published.
Got a rush kind of like when I used to, as a kid on Christmas morning, sneak into the living room to see what Santa had left under the tree!
Yeah...there's an ego-trip-py feeling to it. But more important, in my mind, it's a reminder of why I wandered like a nomad into...and earned my citizenship in...public relations.
I absolutely love being able to use words and actions to deliver messages, spark interest, and generate reaction.
Not everyone agrees with what I say. I've been called some pretty neat things..."dilletante" is my all-time favorite!
But I know, from the comments I get on my blog and other places, that I've caused someone to stop...to read...to think...and to react.
If I've accomplished what I intended, people have acted.
They joined the Army when I worked as a Public Affairs Specialist for the US Army Boston District Recruiting Command (now New England Army Recruiting Battalion).
They gave lifesaving blood when I worked as Communications Services Director for the Blood Bank of Hawaii.
And they get interested in and study public relations in my current role as Associate Professor of Communication at Curry College, where I teach undergrad PR courses and constantly tweak the PR concentration to ensure that our students are fully prepared for "life after graduation."
I didn't start out this way, though.
Thought I wanted to be a civil engineer building highways and bridges. Discovered you actually had to be able to draw straight lines! Bummer.
Wound up as an English major with a focus on 18th-century British lit.
A few twists and turns, two more degrees (in business management), eight years active duty in the Air Force...and a public affairs internship with the Army's Training and Doctrine Command. The rest, so they say, is history.
"Love" struck with an elective I took for my undergraduate business degree..."Introduction to Public Relations."
The course put a name on stuff I had been doing when I was in the Air Force...working with community groups, publicizing activities my unit was involved in, writing promotional pieces for the base newspaper.
Until I took the course, I honestly had no idea what I was doing...I just knew I loved doing it!
Jumping ahead to the present, I've had a very cool, if somewhat zigzagging, career. Made a difference to some important organizations.
Loved every minute of it...and still do!
And that's the point of this chat today...
When you discover what it is that you really enjoy doing, it turns into a love affair that lasts forever. You can't wait to get to it when you wake up in the morning...and you're reluctant to leave it at the end of the day.
"To business that we love we rise betime,
And go to 't with delight."
William Shakespeare, "Antony and Cleopatra," IV, iv, 20