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  • jv9968a 5:31 pm on December 11, 2011 Permalink
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    Final Reflection 

    Dear Future Intern at Riot Act,

    Congratulations! You have landed yourself in an internship right in the center of Washington DC’s entertainment industry. Riot Act is DC’s first Comedy Theater and that means there is always a million things going on and even more things to get accomplished. Here are my tips to making the most of your internship:

    Take initiative. On my first day, I was completely overwhelmed by all the new people and their openness to my ideas. I was used to being told what to do and completing it. At Riot Act, they trust you. If they hired you, that means that you are cable and they don’t want to waste your time. I was put on the team that worked with social media and Riot Act’s online presence. I was put in charge of writing and sending out Riot Act’s social media press release and I quickly learned that online, a picture grabs attention a lot fast then a page of words.
    Don’t be afraid to fail. The first event Riot Act hosted with an outside company, we experienced a ton of issues. This was the first time we had to collaborate with people outside our staff and while the event was not a disaster, there were small details that were overlooked. Who was in charge greeting people as the entered? Where is the best place to serve food without overcrowding? What the incentive for people at this even to come back to Riot Act and see a comedy show? We ended the event with a meeting where we listed what was to happen next time we hosted an even, and the next time we did, it ran a lot smoother. Everything is a learning experience.
    Traditional PR should never be forgotten, but it is not the only tool. I spent many days simply walking into hotels and business’s introducing Riot Act. Most people were receptive to this kind of commitment. A press release can do wonders, but people remember a friendly face over a nicely worded emails. We established connections just by making it through the door and handing out free passes to invite people to experience Riot Act first hand. It’s refreshing to know that what you are marketing is worth while. Once Riot Act got people to come once, it was almost a guarantee they would come back because of their great experience. (More …)

  • Jessica Darmawan 7:39 pm on August 18, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: career advice, , , presentation skills,   

    Develop a #Winning Presentation 

    It’s time to leave your fear of public speaking behind. The ability to communicate well is essential in any career path. So don’t let your public speaking fears stop you from winning over an audience or articulating your great ideas. In fact, everyone can do it with the right mindset.

    My internship recently organized an Intern-A-Palooza, where selected interns have the opportunity to present their summer internship experience in 5 minutes. The “battle of the interns” are vying for the coveted chocolate trophy (a drinking glass filled with an array of chocolates and etched Top Intern title) for Top Intern in three categories: Best Presenter, Best Content & Research, and Crowd Favorite. The intern presentations are judged by three senior employees and the Crowd Favorite category is based on votes from the audience.

    I won the Top Intern for Best Content & Research and here are my tips on how you can develop a winning presentation: (More …)

  • Jessica Darmawan 10:00 am on July 30, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: career advice, , motivation   

    What Motivates Leaders 

    My internship recently organized an intern lunch with the President and the two Vice Presidents of our organization, the World Resources Institute. This was a great opportunity to gain an inside scoop into how to lead a global non-profit, deal with challenges of being a junior professional, and swap advice from their professional experiences. With the President leaving after serving for almost two decades, this was also the last chance for us to ask him questions.

    Considering the complex, global environmental challenges these leaders face everyday, I asked them the question: What keeps you going?

    Their answers were very heartwarming and touching.  (More …)

  • Jessica Darmawan 8:04 pm on July 28, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: career advice, expert, ,   

    Be an Expert: What That Means 

    “Be an Expert”.

    If I had a penny for every time I hear that phrase, my piggy bank would be full. When it comes to career advice, this phrase has been “buzzworthy”. So what does it really mean and how can being an expert benefit your career?

    Here’s what I found out: (More …)

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