The work ethic of opera singers is a model for people in any industry, but they demonstrate admirable behaviors and attitudes that are especially relevant to PR professionals.
Set the stage for a successful career in Public Relations with tips from opera singers:
- They learn languages. Operas are performed in English, Italian, Russian, German, French, and many other languages. Learning languages is essential for opera singers. While few PR pros have to conduct business in a foreign language, it is import to be familiarized with the business lingo used by people in the sectors you represent – whether it be law, biotech, or hospitality. Fluency is not necessary, but a certain comfort level is essential in order to communicate effectively.
- They don’t give up. For opera singers, getting one gig from 50 plus auditions is deemed successful as audiences and company budgets are shrinking. They don’t lose hope or take rejections personally; instead, they maintain a positive attitude and keep trying. In the world of PR, we face rejection too, when we propose story ideas to the media – another industry that is struggling particularly in the realm of print media. Just like opera singers, you need to keep trying because you never know what might appeal to a reporter.
- They don’t backbite. The opera world and the PR world are both surprisingly small. Word will get around quickly if you behave badly by trash talking your colleagues and clients. Your reputation is very important in both of these fields.