I recently had an email conversation with a PR pro of the male persuasion when the topic of multitasking came up. In his estimation, women make better multitaskers.
“I just see what the lady-pros are capable of accomplishing in a day and recognize it takes me longer. God, maybe I’m just bad at this!” he told me. (He asked to remain anonymous.)
Are women better at multitasking than men? Who knows. (Actually, we do. Yes!) With the world moving at such a rapid clip, the more important issue is how to improve your multitasking skill, no matter what level you start from.
After the jump, we’re offering four tips to take your multitasking up a notch. Agree? Disagree? Have something to add? Please do so in the comments section.
Last year, PR officer came in at number two on this list. And in 2010, that job was number eight. This year’s determination was made for much the same reason as 2011: it’s a “highly competitive” field that requires public speaking, interaction with “potentially hostile members of the media,” and follows tight deadlines. Average pay is listed as $91,810.
We got a tip that there have been some staff changes at Marketwire, specifically, a number of layoffs that could indicate trouble at the news distribution company. Has Marketwire run into a rough patch?! No, they say.
“The company is doing well and performing well,” Marketwire’s VP of content and branding, Mike Torre, told us over the phone. “We did go through some restructuring recently, but not because of financial performance. We’re restructuring for better alignment of executive skills.”
PRNewser will be trying to catch up on Oscar-nominated movies in honor of President’s Day. Three-day weekend! We’ll see you back here on Tuesday.
Tangerine tango is not the victory dance for the winner of the upcoming Florida Republican primary. It’s the official color of 2012.
The color was selected as Pantone’s “color of the year,” and is already making a fashion statement in stores, at sports events, and awards shows. Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of Pantone told the New York Times earlier this month that “the color of the year is not the hot fashion color, but an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers.”
Meetings, tweeting, brainstorming, open floor plans. How much of your work in PR is done alone? From workplace trends in the past 20 years, one would guess very little. This “groupthink,” or herd-style working, could be leading to less creativity, says one author.
Susan Cain, who wrote Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking cites Apple’s Steve Wozniak and Isaac Newton as two famous loners who prove her point. Some people can be friendly but just don’t like being part of a crowd. They need alone time to recharge. Quiet time, without jabbering or constant interruption, is when they do their best work. Not that I’m projecting or anything.
PRNewser will be taking the day off on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday. We’ll see you back here on Tuesday, January 17.
After CareerCast listed PR as number seven on its list of most stressful jobs, we wanted to know why you think PR is so tough. Well, you had a ton to say on this topic but we boiled it down to the top five reasons.
1. Clients. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. From “unrealistic expectations” to rudeness to limited budgets, respondents on our Twitter feed and in the comments section of the post talked about how difficult clients can be to work with. Based on our unscientific observation, this was the number one reason for the industry’s tension.