Challenges 101: My First Run-in [with PR]

In somewhat of an impromptu decision, I’d agreed to sit on the Public Relations committee here in Saskatchewan, with very little (okay, I’ll admit it … with absolutely no) PR experience.  I was looking forward helping to promote the wonderful world of Guiding in Saskatchewan in new and exciting ways, but didn’t know how I was going to be able to really make any contributions without knowing even the basics of the trade.

I decided that it was better to jump in with both feet rather than to take it slow.  I was once told that if you’re going to make a real difference, you need to be prepared to learn, jump into new challenges, and not just sit on the sidelines as an idle committee member.  So, jumping in it was!  I volunteered to take on the challenge of helping some of the current PR committee members in creating and promoting a new challenge that all girls in Guiding could enjoy, learn, and earn a new crest for.

Saskatchewan Queen Diamond Jubilee Challenge

Saskatchewan Queen Diamond Jubilee Challenge

I don’t know if you’ve heard yet, but 2012 marks Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrating her 60-year reign!  I’ve always been intrigued by royalty, and thought that this was an awesome thing for our girls to learn about and celebrate.  To me, this was an ideal first project for me to help out with.  Well, little did I know how hard it would be to come up with a challenge that would be appropriate, celebratory, respectful, and last but certainly not least … FUN!

We had some challenges with communicating over distances but coped with copious numbers of emails back and forth between committee members.  I’ve learned so much in my first project with the PR committee, and am so very excited to help out on more projects.

The most important thing that I’ve learned with this project is this: when taking on a new challenge, it’s best to take it all in stride—jump in with both feet, and don’t look back.

Interested in the final product of my sharp learning curve? Check out Saskatchewan’s Diamond Jubilee Challenge.

By guest blogger Desire.

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