Stupid Question? No Such Thing
By Samantha Evans, Intern (@samevans24)
With less than three weeks to go, I wish I could stay at Fusion for much longer. It feels good to be able to say I am very confident and happy with the work I have done and will do in the coming weeks. I also find myself using my time at work successfully, even though I use most of it to ask questions. Blogging tends to be the only time I am not asking a question. I can continue to sit here and blog about the numerous reporters and members of the media I have reached out to, reports and research I have compiled and team meetings I have truly felt an integral part of. But who am I kidding, if you are following this blog, you know all of this already.
As I have said time and time again, from my first day, I knew this internship would be different. No more mindless filing and coffee runs, but true public relations. I could honestly say I have never asked so many questions in my life, but I have never been so happy I did. I am comfortable enough with my superiors here at Fusion to ask anything, even if it is the 100th question of the day, in order to learn something. The team morale leads everyone from account executives to account managers to senior vice presidents to the CEO, to feel comfortable asking question upon question. Questions lead to answers, and answers are what you come out of an experience learning and growing from.
In the past three weeks I have been involved with all of the preparations for two new clients to join the Fusion team, and therefore asking a million questions along the way. I not only experienced the new business process first hand once, but twice. This includes all of the preparatory meetings and brainstorm sessions, the new business meeting with the client and then finally the kick off meeting. Most interns and even account executives at larger firms and corporations have never met their clients in person. I am very grateful I was able to interact with two Fusion clients face-to-face, a concept that seems to be a rarity in the world of PR and most media professions with the advent of new technologies.