In celebration of Women’s Day 2016, we asked a handful of FleishmanHillard women to tell us three rules that they live by, that make them successful women in public relations. This is what they had to say:
1. Chipo Nhapata
- Live with a thankful heart. Don’t take anything for granted, no matter how small.
- Karma is real – treat others the way you would like to be treated.
- Keep your integrity, no matter what the circumstances will be.
2. Clare O’Donovan
- Don’t procrastinate, deal with tough requests or feedback immediately.
- Be at least 10 minutes early, for everything.
- If you’re worried about something, make a phone call and don’t rely on mail.
3. Nikiwe Nyembe
- Be firmly rooted in who you are and always stay true to yourself. If you know your self-worth you will never have to look to others for validation.
- Never get complacent. Someone once said, “a comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.”
- “Every experience is an opportunity to learn and grow.” Live a little, take risks, laugh a little louder, make mistakes. You only have one life, so live it.
4. Chloe Payne
- Try put yourself in your clients shoes and anticipate what they might want/need.
- Treat everyone with respect & be friendly.
- Double check everything, then check it again.
5. Bonolo Makena
- If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never get it. It’s not how you start, but how you finish.
- If you don’t ask, you’ll never know. There is no such thing as a stupid question.
- Take a risk from time to time, and put yourself forward for the difficult tasks.
6. Natalie D’Amico
- Change is inevitable, growth is optional.
- Everything you do or say is PR.
- It’s all about relationships, establishing them, fostering them and respecting them.
- If serving is below you, leadership is beyond you.
7. Natalie Francis
- Learn us much as you can about your clients – find out what makes them tick, a good consultant goes beyond knowing the industry knowledge, it’s a relationship at the end of the day.
- Live in the moment – when you are at work be committed to your job, when you are home set up boundaries so that you are able to give both facets of your life your all.
- As in life, always be open to better ways of doing things – the only constant is change.
8. Penny Motsamai
- Always try and be one step ahead of your client.
- Ask when you are not 100% sure that you understand the brief.
- Take ownership of the decisions you make whether good or bad.