I like to talk public relations, and if someone doesn’t discuss PR with me frequently enough, my roommate or my mother has to hear it (or at least pretend to listen). And since this team developed through a round of “pick-a-number” last semester, I’ve had no qualms about being the team’s leader, go-to and go-between guy because I get to talk PR with clients, professors and the team all the time. Also, I like to have a conversational, yet professional, relationship with the client at all times. So, the team spoils me by simply letting me go.
Rallying BluPRint, getting us all on task or organizing a meeting can be a challenge for me because, let’s be honest, sometimes I’m the one who is distracted by the world around me. If there’s a Pandora station to be played, I want my vote to count. By that, I mean someone should just hand me the computer so I don’t whine about the depressing Taylor Swift and John Mayer marathon that’s led me to the box of Kleenex in the corner. Consequently, when Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros or Portugal. The Man plays, I usually stop what I’m doing to sing along, often requesting that someone hold my hand.
That’s why I think every person in any kind of leadership position should have some help. Luckily for me, the other person who, in my opinion, leads our team the most happens to be our Event Director, Kandyse. Being that the upcoming Rewind the Clock & Rock event is our major focus for the campaign, she has needed to take the lead a lot. Kandyse has had experience in event planning because she has interned in Development at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. Further, she has no problem organizing the group, meeting with the client or telling any of us “no” when we’ve gone too far with an idea. Also, Kandyse probably won’t hold my hand when Home plays on the radio.
Developing the skills to be an effective leader or manager, according to a recent article I read online, is something one does not learn in the classroom. And it’s true. But the great thing about the BluePRint team is they are all leaders, they all take initiative and they all get things done. They recognize what needs to be done, and they do it. I’d like to say I can be rather laissez-faire. I’m thankful that LSU has made the PR capstone a real campaign, and I’m also thankful for a few professors who get us used to dealing with a real client and working with a team before we are thrown into the real world.
Recently, we’ve had a few discussions about what to do with the term “adult prom” that our client has mentioned to us once or twice. We understand, accept and are excited to be throwing an adult prom event to benefit the Baton Rouge Area Alcohol & Drug Center. We are somewhat concerned with the term itself.
The team has repeatedly returned to the drawing board with this plan. But as the middleman, I have to remind them that we have already accepted the challenge that is this event, and there is no changing it now. When the ball is rolling, folks, we don’t try to change it’s shape. We realize the prom idea will be fun and interesting, a break away from the usual gala or ball that this area is used to seeing. But how do you get away from the term “adult prom?” Even our professor has raised concern over the term after reading our research report on the issue, which included websites like Gawker.com, that were not keen on the idea, to say the least.
Our solution is quite mind-blowing: offer an alternative term. BluePRint created a few alternative terms to put on posters, tickets, etc. that will still promote the event and hint at an “adult prom” without actually ever saying it. We have a great title (Rewind the Clock & Rock) to work with, so dressing it up a bit shouldn’t be difficult.
Also, Kandyse has agreed to present the ideas with me in a meeting with Lisa soon. We have our research, our ideas, our enthusiasm and our hipster outfits, and we’re ready for action! I’m glad she has agreed to join me at the meeting so I don’t have to present the idea alone. Also, if Lisa decides she prefers the “adult prom” idea, my team will know we did try to persuade because Kandyse has been one of the leaders of the idea to change the term. It’s so great to have an Event Director with a strong-willed attitude and direction.
Ultimately, it’s up to the client. If Lisa feels the term “adult prom” will work for this event, we will be more than happy to go with it. Our suggestions are merely that: suggestions.
No worries here. I’ll let Kandyse do that.