A few colleagues and practitioners have been offering extensive lists of suggestions for interns and supervisors in the industry; so I thought I’d offer my own ‘modes & observations’ for communicators in the industry, at all stages of their careers…
I’d love your feedback…
Tell the truth. People respect that.
Learn to live together, despite your delusions.
Wake up – avoid the gossip.
Be prepared. You never know when you’ll meet the Deputy Minister, a keen intern, or a vindictive citizen journalist in the elevator.
If you happen to have a 9 a.m. meeting, be there at 8:15 a.m., as it will most likely be rescheduled to 1 p.m. (Lesson: be flexible.)
Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.
Interns & volunteers are like impressionable children – they remember everything. Treat them well.
Assume that every e-mail you craft, may at some point be seen by your President/CEO, an intern, or the public.
Try to prevent conflict of interest whenever possible. There’s poor judgment, and then there’s blatant nerve. It’s like the mayor of a village, owning the village companies.
Check again. What is ‘logical’ to you may not translate into reality.
Don’t be mean to people you don’t know.