It’s been more than a decade since “The Devil Wears Prada” hit theaters and Miranda Priestly became the iconic pop culture character that she continues to be today.
When I first saw the movie, I had no idea it would ignite a fire that would fuel my passion to become a publicist. I was mesmerized by the intensity and pace of the industry and was hooked immediately.
But to be honest, Priestly could be an everyday version of any boss in any industry and what I didn’t realize when the movie first came out is that Andy’s job is just like any other. Now that I’m adulting in the real world, I have so much more respect for Priestly. Here are seven lessons we can all take away from the boss lady herself:
- Stay calm no matter what
There will be times when everything is hitting the fan at once, but if you stay calm during even the most chaotic times it won’t go unnoticed by managers or clients.
- Always say “yes” to a challenge.
Mental mind games and impossible achievements aren’t what most managers want, but if you’re given what appears to be an impossible task, it means they want to challenge you to help you grow.
- Always walk into a room like you own the place.
Walk in the room with confidence and unleash your inner Priestly.
- Don’t let the haters kill your vibe.
Unfortunately, there will always be people who try to drag you down to get ahead. There’s a reason why you got the job, so keep doing you!
- Always do your research.
I cannot stress this enough! This is probably one of the first things you learn at a Public Relations firm. One of the biggest faux pas and the quickest way to not get a response is sending irrelevant pitches to the media. Google will be your best friend to help you become a media private investigator.
- Don’t be afraid to take chances.
One way to grow is to take chances, even if that means failure because one of those times it could also end up being the best decision you ever made.
- Become indispensable.
PR agencies are a great place to showcase that you are an expert in your field. Want to guarantee job security? Become indispensable to your managers by building strong relationships with your clients and the media who will grow to rely on you.