Aw spring. A time for flowers to bloom, birds to sing, and people to yell at their televisions as they watch the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.
No matter how you filled out your bracket, you’ve no doubt experienced some disappointment. It’s one thing to get outplayed by the other team. It’s another thing entirely to watch your team lose due to turnovers and wide-open air balls.
Yes, there is a PR moral to this. There are a lot of things about our work that are outside our control – what our companies/clients actually do, the outlets our bosses want coverage in, the interests and time demands of the journalists we’re pitching. It’s frustrating when we don’t get results because some of those factors just didn’t line up. It’s… so… much… worse when victory is in reach, but we fail because of unforced errors.
Typos, mail merge fails, insufficient research, and other mistakes can sink even the best pitch. And they are all entirely within our control.
First thing to do when you’ve made one of these errors is acknowledge it, do your best to fix it, and move on. In the past few weeks we’ve seen young athletes miss a shot, shake it off, and take another one without wasting time wallowing.
Next, give yourself a halftime analysis on your performance.
Media relations is challenging. Sometimes even your best stories don’t land because of factors outside of our control. But we can greatly increase our success when we focus on our own game and do everything in our power to leave it all on the court/email window.
This article was originally published on March 30, 2022
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