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  1. Suzanne Mannion
    June 18, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    Kirk – thanks for sharing that story. I agree we are conditioned to take the safe road. But that’s not always the best route – for our careers or our clients. Poke the tiger. Shake things up. Outside the box. Much more than cliche if tackled correctly.

  2. Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA
    June 24, 2013 @ 11:39 am

    My apologies for the slow response, Suzanne…still decompressing from vacation, etc. I appreciate your comments regarding “Poking Tigers.” You’re right, too, in saying “if tackled correctly.” That’s the key!

    Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


  3. Tamara S
    July 7, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

    Thank you for the great article! I think it’s a good reminder for many of us who are just entering the industry to think beyond what we are taught in our education. Of course, our education is a critical foundation, but to be really successful and effective for our organizations, we must go beyond our comfort level and “poke some tigers”! We must recognize our own strengths and have confidence in our ability to create value for our clients. One of the things I struggle with, as a soon-to-be-graduate of PR, is believing that I have the knowledge, creativity, and general wherewithal to apply the theoretical knowledge I have obtained in school with the practicalities of working day to day in the industry. Your example really helped me to see the importance of believing in yourself and watching out for and grabbing the opportunities that present themselves. I am now fully determined to poke tigers as I embark on my new career! Thank you for the insights!

  4. Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA
    July 7, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

    Thank you SO much for your insightful and encouraging comments, Tamara. As I’ve said so often, I am a card-carrying introvert, and putting myself and my beliefs “out there” does not come naturally or comfortably. I’ve learned by doing, and sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned, but I…as well as my superiors and my co-workers…learn from each and every experience. Taking chances…challenging the status quo…whatever you want to call it (I, obviously, like “poking tigers”!)…can make the difference. Congratulations on your near-completion of your PR studies. I look forward to seeing your name in lights as you forge a new path for yourself!

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