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Welcome to Mary Free Bed Nicole Coughlin!

Nicole Coughlin

I would like to give a warm welcome to Nicole Coughlin, new marketing intern at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Back in my own college days, I had several internships (Anderson University PR office, Butler University SID office, Indianapolis Indians SID office, the list goes on) and I truly love to have an intern to both teach and learn from. I like to ask my interns for a few words at the beginning of each semester as to what they would like to learn, experience and see. Nicole’s new intern blog follows below.

What do I want out of my Mary Free Bed marketing internship?
By Nicole Coughlin, Cornerstone University

Public relations is not a career you can practice just thinking about in theory, it’s active, you need to be able to have a goal and work towards it. In school we make campaigns and get all excited about them just to give it to a professor and walk away from it. It’s sad. I am ready to create something and then do it.

I want a chance to get my hands dirty and really learn what public relations is truly about. Create things that will be seen by the public, influence perception, and cause action. I want to see in real time how people react to social media posts, instead of hypothetical numbers. I am excited to take the things that I have been practicing in school, like blogs and social media posts, videography and finding target markets, and see how what I know holds up in the real world. I want to see how the different marketing appeals actually play out in real world situations as opposed to looking at other companies examples and thinking backwards through the process. I want to work on the preparation of a campaign and then actually be able to see it through.

I am also excited to dabble in things I haven’t had the opportunity to yet. The idea of being able to work on a website, something that is so necessary to a company, is exciting and nerve racking all at the same time, but in a good way. I am also excited to work with designing posts and images like on the T.V screens throughout the building. Right now I just want to be able to work on as much as possible.

I saw this internship online and was so impressed with all of the areas that I would get to help with. Even just within the description it talked about having a chance to write blog posts, help with different social media sites, get to work with the website a little bit, and more that I can’t even remember off the top of my head now. It seemed like a challenge that I was ready to take on.

I want to learn these things but I am most ready to learn all the things that I don’t even know are an option to learn at this point. Even just the ins and outs of what happens like seeing how an idea goes from someone mentioning a story to completing it and finding where the most effective way to share that I’ve heard from all around that you learn more in an internship then ever possible in school. I am just ready to take the next step towards reality in this way.

 

I really loved my first year of collegiate teaching and learned a lot along the way.

Class_2014If I could be anything else besides a PR and social media guy, I would be a professor. My grandfather and dad both taught at the collegiate level and I always loved to share information with people. Or talk.

I was very excited to be able to teach this year with the Indiana University School of Journalism at IUPUI; my first full year of teaching went amazing. I held classes online which was very smooth via Google + for both my undergraduate and graduate course.We chatted, laughed, learned from each other and had special guests on LIVE which was fun too. I had student taught over the last two years with Julie Vincent, one of my instructors at IUPUI and absolutely fell in love with teaching. Some of my favorite times have been presenting as a professional and I knew I would love to help teach people REAL knowledge.

Thank you to the IU School of Journalism for the opportunity, I LOVE IT. Thank you to the great students for listening and challenging me. I am already looking forward to next year. No matter where life may lead me now, I do know that I want to teach. What an amazing feeling to be able to help others learn. For those of you who might follow – you will see #J360 and #J560 hashtags popping up in my feeds starting again in August. If you are in the public relations, communications or new media realm take a look, you might just learn something!

One of my students told me at the end of class in May, “I understood why we used the hashtag and why you had us post, but I didn’t really get it. THEN, I had a friend ask why I was making all of the posts with #J560 and I told him. He then went and searched and learned some stuff, not even being a PR or Communications major he loved it. That’s when it just clicked in my mind.” Needless to say the comment made me very happy and for myself, it truly helped bring it all around. People listen, they want to learn more and that social media has tremendous power if used in the correct fashion. I can’t wait for more.

Knowledge is power…I am blessed to be able to help share what I can.

#J560 MANAGING ONLINE PUBLIC RELATIONS – LinkedIn and YouTube

U School of Journalism at IUPUI – Managing Online Public Relations

Google + Hangout 5 – LinkedIn is extremely important today as a professional not only in PR but any industry. You will always be “googled” by employers for the rest of time. YouTube is the largest search engine database now. Honestly, everything has a video now. Need to learn something, YouTube search it. You will be surprised.

The Story of my Wedding Ring

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I lost my wedding ring. I did. Only four months into marriage I was scraping off the windshield of my car one night and it disappeared. That night I was actually going to pick up my awesome wife Kelly (or Slick Laroo as some know her) from her job at David’s Bridal. A snow storm had started and Grand Rapids and I wanted to pick her up because it was BAD out – next morning we had eight inches of snow.

I knew the ring was gone right away, noticed it driving and then thought, “I wasn’t wearing gloves! Whuy?!” Scraping the window was rough and my fingers were completely numb, it just slipped off.When we finally got back home, we couldn’t find it. A co-worker even let me borrow a metal detector which I used for several days.

I was devastated. Bad. I felt sick that I lost my ring so soon after we got married…and we are still paying them off which didn’t help. 🙂 Kelly was a great wife and gave me an $8 replacement for Valentine’s Day which I proudly wore. We knew to just keep looking. I looked almost every day for a few minutes in the ice and snow of Eastown. Never saw it. Wooosaaa.

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I missed my ring, I had a few dreams that I found it. My new ring just wasn’t the same, but it was OK. THEN…Kelly told me she had a surprise for me. I had a busy day at work and when I got home she told me to shut my eyes. WHOAAAAA I couldn’t believe it, she found my ring.

I did a happy dance. I went WOOOOOO HOOOOOO! My mouth dropped. I got emotional. Kelly found the ring on the parking pad and it was just looking at her in the snow. I know that love is there no matter what – but I love Slick Laroo so much I want to shout it from the rooftops. I guess the symbolism of the ring and being a newlywed made it so special and that is why I took it so hard. Now – a lifetime to not loose the ring again because we may not be so lucky next time. 🙂

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#J560 MANAGING ONLINE PUBLIC RELATIONS – G+ HANGOUT 4 – Foursquare

IU School of Journalism at IUPUI – Managing Online Public Relations

Google + Hangout 4 – Foursquare can work very well for you if you have a storefront business or place of business that has good foot traffic.

#J560 MANAGING ONLINE PUBLIC RELATIONS – G+ HANGOUT 3 – Google +

Google + Hangout 3 for Spring 2014 Managing Online Public Relations – #J560 Graduate Class. This hangout we discuss the Google + and what the platform has to offer. Google + is a very cool and fun to use social media platform. The integration with other Google services is amazing. PLUS – we use G+ every week in class to have a LIVE Google + Hangout On Air.

#J560 MANAGING ONLINE PUBLIC RELATIONS – G+ HANGOUT 2 – WORDPRESS

Google + Hangout 2 for Spring 2014 Managing Online Public Relations – #J560 Graduate Class. This hangout we discuss the WordPress and setting up a basic website that is professional, good for personal branding and something that other communicators can value.
**I was sick during this webcast, apologizes**

I found the Awesome Mitten – time for some new web videos and blogs – #MittenLove

Awesome_MittenHello there. For those of you who do not know, I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan and had to leave the DoItIndy crew. I couldn’t be gone tooo long, I was ready. Here I go as a new blogger for the very cool group – Awesome Mitten. A lot like DoItIndy, but Michigan style. I love their hashtag – #MittenLove.

If you live in Grand Rapids or the West Michigan area and have something cool, please let me know. You might get some #MittenLove. Looking forward to exploring more of Michigan soon.

My first blog – Big Ben joins the Mitten Crew

Grand Rapids Skyline - from Experience GR website.
Grand Rapids Skyline – from Experience GR website.