This week, I (Alison) had the pleasure of speaking to more than 125 high school students about going into a career in public relations.
During my workshops, I make it a point to bribe the kids who ask good questions with candy (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup hearts this time around), and it always works. Note – I also do this with adult groups to great success.
Among the questions I got from the 16-year-olds was one particularly timely – So if I do public relations, does that mean I get to drink all day and wear cool outfits?
This was after my 20-minute speech about all the hard work we do as public relations practitioners.
But, I really can’t blame the gal for asking. We all know that the wonderful world of reality television hasn’t been good to our industry. From the Spin Crowd to Power Girls, public relations peeps HAVE NOT been getting good public relations for our industry!
And, it may be getting worse.
One of my top three favorite reality franchisees, The Real Housewives, launches a Miami edition at the end of the month. And, one of the featured “cast members” is none other than Marysol Patton, owner of The Patton Group, a public relations agency in Miami. I tried to check out her website to see what kinds of things the agency does that might appear on the show, but it was down at press time.
So, I am asking all of you. What will this latest public relations practitioner and agency do for the reputation of our brand?
Will it go the way of the Maloofs – who’ve had some great press due to Adrienne Maloof’s smart, funny, hard-working character on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Or will it go the way of…well…the majority of rich, working (entitled) women in reality television?