Life lessons can come from the most unexpected places. Watching Grey’s Anatomy and its depiction of life events after a long day in the office conjured up some parallels. So here are 4 lessons from Grey’s Anatomy that can be applied to PR:
- Opportunity awaits. When Meredith Grey first started at Seattle Grace, she was a bright-eyed bushy-tailed intern reaching for the stars. With proper guidance, she was able to navigate the rough waters of the medical world until she became a mentor figure herself. Starting out as an intern in the PR world, the sphere of opportunity opens and little by little, you get a sense of the industry and develop your own tactic to help your clients out.
- It’s a roller-coaster sometimes. Shonda Rhimes sure knows how to keep the audience entwined in a constant whirlwind of emotion. PR is no easy ride either. Publicists deal with a plethora of people, ranging from small business owners to executives to writers. Being the bridge between the client and the media, it’s not always easy to appease both, which leads to my next point.
- Ample communication in key. The interns, nurses, doctors and patients are in an endless cycle of communication within the walls of a hospital. Discussing symptoms, diagnosing an ailment, and arguing with the Chief of Surgery on treatment options all illustrate how much back and forth goes into running a hospital. As with PR, communication is what keeps a client satisfied and a writer with a compelling story to tell and it might take more than one email to do it.
- Look at different perspectives. Sure, Preston Burke leaving Cristina Yang at the altar left us a little shattered, but it only strengthened Yang’s toughness. Yeah, Denny Duquette had congestive heart failure, but without it he would’ve never met Izzie Stevens. Looking at these situations in a different light gives more meaning to the storyline. In PR, looking at stories in different perspectives allows publicists to find a certain angle and effectively pitch to media for maximum coverage.
Who says watching TV is a waste of time?
Written by: Eina Del Castillo