Your “Miss Manners” Checklist

by Molly Blaisdell, Corporate/General Member

OK…let’s face facts. Of course we are all on our best behavior when we’re invited to participate on a hosted press trip or to a media function…right?! Wrong!

Because I sit on both sides of the fence, as a PR consultant and a journalist, I will say that not every journalist is actually the model guest that we all claim to be.

So, here are some tips that are going to keep you on that “A List” for future invitations:

  • When you RSVP for an event, make sure you attend and are on time. If something gets in the way and you cannot make it, be sure to let your host know ASAP so that they are not blindsided by your absence.
  • In preparation for the hosted press trip, function or meal, be sure to have plenty of business cards to introduce yourself to the myriad of hosts.
  • Behave! These opportunities are business commitments, not just a chance to sit next to your cronies and chat during the obligatory presentation and/or sites you visit during a press trip.
  • Prepare your host in advance should you have special dietary restrictions.
  • Although the wine and cocktails may be free and flowing, hosted media events are not the time to get belligerent. Likewise, don’t over-stuff your face while trying to carry on a professional conversation. The stuff that spews out will not represent you well!
  • Listen, absorb and make notes that you can use in promoting your host. Even if you don’t have an assignment for the hosted event or press trip, you can and should reach out through your social media channels.
  • For those that do publish/produce content from a specific experience, send links to your host as soon as they appear.
  • There is nothing more appreciated than the old-fashioned, hand-written thank you note…it means you are truly grateful.

Cheers from “Miss Manners”!