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Help me cross over to the dark side!

After 15 years or so working as a journo/editor on niche technical magazines, I am considering a move to the PR/communications sector... [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral on Apr 11, 2014 - 5 answers

 

Unsure about thus relationship cycle

I'm caught in a casual, hot and cold relationship with a person I fell in love with years ago. I can't tell anymore what is normal relationship behavior. I'm a female in my 20's, involved with a person in his 40's. We have similar sensibilities and get along great but then he goes cold. He always let's me decide if I want to stay or not. Everytime I leave, I end up coming back because I miss him and I'm greeted with enthusiasm. He's a sweetheart and never acted aggressively towards me which leaves me confused. 'Cause he'll go out of his way to help me with anything I need and once I get comfortable and thankful, he grows cold. He never saw us as "dating" even though we were plus the issues of him getting over an ex. I can be a bit of a people pleaser at times but I always abide by the rule of if you don't want to be with someone and they have strong feelings for you, you cease contact. He doesn't do this and I'm confused. I feel like a puppet. I don't know what's going on in his head. I don't even know if it's abusive or not. I have been in an abusive relationship and this doesn't mirror it so I'm having a tough time processing what's going on. Please help.
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Jan 21, 2014 - 17 answers

Social media for antisocial Luddites

All of the communications and marketing jobs I've been applying for lately have required experience posting to social media. In my personal life, I've avoided having anything to do with Facebook, Twitter and so forth, and I'm wondering how I can quickly get up to speed on these things. All I need is to be able to convince a potential employer that I can effectively promote them on social media, without ever having done this as part of my job responsibilities. How to accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by silly me on Dec 3, 2013 - 14 answers

Making the most of a professional windfall

An opportunity to consult for a prestigious institution fell into my lap right as I've been trying to make a professional shift, how do I make the most of it? [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Nov 26, 2013 - 3 answers

How Does NYC's High-Tech Community Communicate?

I want to sell my communications services to high tech start-ups in NYC. How do I get tech eyes onto my promotional materials? Are there bulletin boards, newsletters, or message boards that serve Greater New York City where I can advertise my services? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue on Nov 21, 2013 - 2 answers

I want to go into Marketing Communications. Good idea?

Is Marketing Communications a good fit for me? Career advice appreciated, especially from people with experience in the industry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Sketched out by repair guy but he has my computer.

The computer repair guy I found online took a longer time to get back to me, then appeared to have misplaced my machine when I called him for an update. After he located it and I agreed to let him continue fixing it, he sends me a highly inappropriate text message, very likely by mistake, the next day. I'm really skeeved out by now and would prefer not to continue working with this individual, but I'm not entirely sure what to do. Details within! [more inside]
posted by peripathetic on Jul 25, 2013 - 30 answers

Crash course in "communications"?

I'm looking for a new job, and I find myself applying to a lot of positions with "communications" in the title. The positions seem like they'd be good fits, and I meet most of skill/experience/competency requirements, but I've never held a "communications" position, per se. What can I do to bolster my communications credentials and address this deficit in interviews? [more inside]
posted by ndg on Jul 24, 2013 - 8 answers

What would you use to "build your own" wire service for a company?

I'm developing a proposal to overhaul the way my company thinks about communication. One of the major components that would allow this to work is the creation of what is essentially a "wire service". What software already exists to do this? (lots of details inside) [more inside]
posted by dadici on May 15, 2013 - 5 answers

What should I look for in a Public Relations/Communications program?

I'm thinking of enrolling for Fall 2013, and I'm interested in a practical, skills based (as opposed to academic) program. What courses are absolutely essential nowadays? [more inside]
posted by winterportage on May 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Nonprofit Headhunters in NY?

Wanted: Names of headhunters that place communications professionals in nonprofit jobs in NYC, plus advice. Got any? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue on Apr 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Tell me just what a communications campaign is exactly.

I've been asked to invent a mock communications campaign for a non-profit organization based around their primary cause. There's just one problem: I've never done that before. Like, I literally don't understand what a communications campaign is in a tangible "this is what you put on paper" way. [more inside]
posted by pinetree on Apr 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Managing difficult stakeholders: Bad writer edition

Professional communicators of Metafilter: Please give me your tips for handling subject matter experts who write poorly, but don't know it. When a colleague is adamant that their disorganised writing and grammatical errors Must Not Be Changed, how do you respond? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Mar 28, 2013 - 31 answers

What's wrong? jacking mic and headphones for Frankenstein headset

I really want to combine my headphones with my microphone so that I can use it as a headset on my home phone. So I got a 3.5mm splitter and a 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapter so that I can plug the mic and headset together, then reduce it to 2.5mm so it can plug into my phone. It doesn't work. Why? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by cheesyburgercheese on Mar 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Formatting question: including an infographic with a press release

I work for an advocacy organization and we're getting ready to send out a press release. I know this will make me sound old fashioned, but I'd like to include an infographic we've developed and I'm not sure what the right way to do it is. I know sending images and graphics with press releases is very common now, but I've never needed to do it before. I usually send things like that as a follow up to interested reporters. In this case, we want to send the graphic to everyone off the bat. [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Mar 1, 2013 - 6 answers

NO CARRIER

Let's say you have a global disaster where the traditional web is no longer available (all ISPs are down, or a virus/cyber-attack incapacitates the web for entire regions of the world). What are the data communication alternatives in this sort of context? Is anyone still running a BBS? Does anyone even have a dialup modem anymore? Is there something better than this? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Feb 25, 2013 - 12 answers

PR resume building

I am a recent PR/communications graduate. I was wondering if there was a place to find freelance/volunteer opportunities in order to build my resume and experience?
posted by dfc5656 on Jan 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me figure out a job title for myself?

In my organization, we're not great at job titles. Mostly they aren't really needed. But for what I do it would be helpful, when contacting people both within and without the organization, to have a title to use that both speaks to what I do and gives folks an idea that I'm someone who is authorized to [get information/make changes to accounts and procedures/make decisions/spend money/whatever]. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Jan 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me become a social media marketing expert

I want to transform my department's social media team into the campus experts on social media. What are the books, workshops, tools, websites and communities I should be looking into? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Jan 19, 2013 - 12 answers

How do I write a blog that's professional and personal?

I work in communications and would like to start a blog that I could link to from Twitter and LinkedIn. But I'd also like to write about my personal life. How do I thread this needle? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jan 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Considering an MA.

My employer will pay for 75% of my tuition in a graduate program. Would a Master's Degree in Communication Studies be a worthy option? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Aug 7, 2012 - 14 answers

Need advice on NGO work in Glasgow!

Would appreciate advice on part-time jobs in Glasgow, for a mature student with an eye on building her CV more than earning pocket money (though that would be good too!). [more inside]
posted by cendawanita on Jul 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Changing careers: PR edition

How do I prepare for a career in public relations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Is being ruthlessly overworked as an NGO employee par for the course?

I've been working in my current position for a little over a year now, and I love most things about it. But: I'm very overworked, exhausted, and I can feel burn-out creeping in. If I leave to work at another organization, will I still be just as busy? Is NGO work only for the super-committed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Do I need to go get a Marketing degree?

Applying for jobs that fall broadly into the Marketing, PR & Communications field, and need a quick reality check on the issue of qualifications and experience. [more inside]
posted by Weng on Aug 10, 2011 - 8 answers

International phone help!

International phone recommendation, looking to buy an unlocked phone in the US before leaving, what should I look for and what works best? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Aug 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Books on communications/PR

Books on communications/PR [more inside]
posted by katopotato on Aug 2, 2011 - 4 answers

Help a Canadian iPhone travel to the US.

My SO will be traveling to the US (from Canada) for six weeks, starting this weekend. Help us figure out an iPhone solution so we can stay in touch. [more inside]
posted by OLechat on Jul 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Marketing an internal website

Launching a global internal website...how best to market it? [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo on Feb 11, 2011 - 4 answers

Ham radio 101, please

Please tell me about ham radio. This thread on the blue about the protests in Egypt contains a number of comments about ham radio and its utility in situations where the Internet is unavailable. Assume I know nothing about equipment or the process of becoming an operator (because this is true). [more inside]
posted by catlet on Jan 28, 2011 - 35 answers

So what exactly are "cables"?

The WikiLeaks release of U.S. diplomatic cables, as detailed in this New York Times article, left me wondering a few things... [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Nov 28, 2010 - 12 answers

Research Paper on Computers?

I'm writing a term paper (15 pages) in my American History class on the computer and its influence on America history. Topics of focus? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Nov 11, 2010 - 20 answers

How to ace this job interview

Please help me ace the event planning component of this job interview! [more inside]
posted by Pademelon on Nov 2, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me communicate clearly!

Help me become more articulate...at work.... [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 on Aug 19, 2010 - 9 answers

What questions should I ask at grad school visit?

Going to New York next week to check out the grad school program I've been accepted to. What should I look for/what questions should I ask/etc? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth on Apr 21, 2010 - 10 answers

How to work for evil corporations?

How do I get over working for a company that I am morally and ethically against? This is my first job out of college. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2010 - 47 answers

Workshops or online resources for effective marketing communications

What are some good resources (workshops, online courses, etc) that will help me improve my organization's marketing communications initiatives? [more inside]
posted by squawk on Feb 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Thanks for having me, I gotta go. No, I really really gotta GO.

Public speaking and bathrooms. How do you make it work? [more inside]
posted by snorlaxx on Jan 14, 2010 - 17 answers

What's behind Comcast's signal specs?

Electrical engineers and others with a pretty in-depth understanding of communications tech: why does Comcast have a specified minimum for transmission signal strength from cable modems on its network? Or a maximum for reception signal strength? [more inside]
posted by kavasa on Jan 13, 2010 - 5 answers

What to do with a worthless degree?

What to do and where to go with an admittedly useless degree? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2009 - 28 answers

Will a newspaper job inch me closer to a career in public relations?

Job_Offer_Filter: I'm a struggling freelance writer trying to (someday) break into the pr/communications field. I've just been offered a staff writer position at a small local newspaper. Does accepting the job inch me closer to my desired field? Or just burden me with a ton of unmarketable experience? [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Nov 23, 2009 - 11 answers

My mother loves to talk when I really don't want to listen right now!

How can I drown out my mother's constant advice giving banter? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Oct 16, 2009 - 23 answers

Fiber optics for dummies

I have absolutely no comprehension whatsoever of how fiber optic cables can transmit information -- phone calls, emails, whatever -- by using light. Seriously, this makes no sense. Please explain it to me as if I'm a fifth-grader who makes decent grades in science class. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Oct 6, 2009 - 39 answers

How do you keep from crossing the line between squeaky wheel and stalker?

Fellow freelancers and/or marketing gurus: where is the fine line between staying on a potential employer’s radar and being a pest--and how do I get as close to it as possible? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 14, 2009 - 5 answers

How do I get my links in Twitter to post to Delicious?

Is there a way or tool to easily wed Twitter to Delicious, through sickness and in health? Preferably more health... [more inside]
posted by metalheart on Apr 4, 2009 - 3 answers

CU: A flange.

How To Write Technical Training Films? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia on Mar 9, 2009 - 0 answers

Help me transition from journalism to government PR and/or corporate communications

Due to a raft of factors beyond my control, I have to give up my awesome but poorly paid and very demanding job as a reporter and seek a more 9-5 employment, with better pay. AskMe, can you help me identify my selling points for PR and communications jobs? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Mar 3, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me become a computer whiz!

Here's the deal, MeFi: I know absolutely nothing about computers, other than how to access the internet and use MS Word. However, I'm starting to think seriously about careers in media and communications, and I know being a decent writer isn't nearly good enough, especially in this economy. So, what programs should I start with? I'm thinking excel spreadsheets (sad I know), Outlook, Photoshop, maybe basic html coding? Bonus points if you can point me to any useful websites or books with introductory tutorials. Thanks!
posted by themaskedwonder on Jan 22, 2009 - 10 answers

Design + policy + communications: what colour is my parachute?

Graphic Designers / Commercial Artists, Social Policy People, PR/Communications Professionals: where do your professions overlap? [more inside]
posted by Weng on Jan 18, 2009 - 4 answers

Who is 14F1? What is device 2720?

My PCI Simple Communications Controller has bitten the dust. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 12, 2008 - 4 answers

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