On Friday, April 29th, our PR class was visited by a young and successful entrepreneur, Andrea Walker. She is the CEO of her company W Social Marketing and has been running it since its creation two years ago. She is now 26 years old and spoke to our class about what it means to be an entrepreneur.
Here are a few things I learned that I will take with me into a career:
1. It is okay to say “I don’t know.”
– Don’t be afraid to ask for help. A company would rather help you the first time and teach you something new than you waste time trying to figure it out on your own.
2. When building a team, find people that know more than you.
– If everyone on the team has the same set of skills and only knows certain things then you do not have the ability to expand and make ideas better. Hire people that have different skills sets to cover a wider range of design and creativity. Then all skill sets an work together.
3. You must always be willing to put in the extra work and learn new things.
– Mrs. Walker described to us all the extra hours she put in working on different tasks and learning the ins and outs of all the programs in order to make herself a well rounded employee. I’m sure it was not always fun, however those late nights and early mornings gave her insight into how to run a productive company and she is now doing it herself.
4. Bring your ideas to the table without alienating the rest of the staff.
– If ideas are brought out and you make it seem like you are trying to compete with everyone, there can be no team work. However, if the ideas are presented in a way in which the group can works on it as a whole it builds unity.
As always I learned many things from our speaker and each of these things will make me a better professional.