Gini Dietrich

Advice to Your Younger You

By: Gini Dietrich | June 16, 2011 | 
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It’s Facebook question of the week time (clap, clap, clap)!

This week, the question comes from Ryan Cox, who actually asked 10 questions about a month ago.

I chose my favorite of the 10 to answer, but may answer others in coming weeks if you people don’t get over to our wall and ask a question.

Nancy Davis! I think we need the Louisville Slugger again!

Back to Ryan.

He asks a really good question and I’m super curious to hear how each of you answer it (which you will do in the comments, after you watch the video, of course).

He says,

What are three things that if given the chance to be 20-something again, you would whisper in the ear of the 20-something Gini and say, “This is really really really important in business, spend more time learning and practicing.”?

My answer is in the video below (if you can’t see it in your Reader, click here and it’ll magically appear). I also have a funny little story to tell you about someone’s opinion on these videos. I was seething at first; now I think it’s slightly humorous. Ahhhh. People.

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks,Β co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She alsoΒ is the lead blogger atΒ Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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lisarobbinyoung
lisarobbinyoung
5 years 12 days ago

I’m still learning this: Patience, patience, patience.

NancyD68
5 years 12 days ago

I would tell myself to listen more and talk less. I would also tell myself not everyone is my friend, or has my best interests at heart. I would tell myself also to take advice, not just brush it off. I thought I knew everything, and what I did not know is amazing.

Today, I have learned that standing up for myself is still hard. I get a lot of practice with that one though. I really love the question of the week. What kind of camera do you use for video Gini?

CarmenKrushas
CarmenKrushas
5 years 12 days ago

Hmmm… Things I would have told myself at 20… To learn better workplace social skills. Simple, but very hard when put into practicum. But those that take a very open approach to their team members ideas and motivations to better the business typically become better leaders through their development.

ryancox
ryancox
5 years 12 days ago

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

CarmenKrushas
CarmenKrushas
5 years 12 days ago

Oh and I would add this great quote that comes from David, “piss or get off the pot”. Meaning come to the table ready to discuss or don’t show up as you’re weakening your team.

JonAston
5 years 12 days ago

I personally LOVE Gini-off-the-cuff. Pardon me for using the word, but it doesn’t get more authentic. Ignore the wankers, Gini. They’re generally obsessed with “practicing” anyway.

XOJA.

margieclayman
margieclayman
5 years 12 days ago

Only 3 things? Geeze…let’s see.

1. Don’t get so wrapped up in other peoples’ drama. It doesn’t usually get you anywhere.

2. Admit when you need help – be honest with yourself AND other people

3. Get on Twitter now! Do it do it do it!!! πŸ™‚

trackback
5 years 12 days ago

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ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@MargieClayman LOL! You can start by beating up @DannyBrown!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@GeneneMurphy Why thank you!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@MargieClayman BTW, it wasn’t @dannybrown who said that. I think beating him up just sounds fun.

MargieClayman
MargieClayman
5 years 12 days ago

@ginidietrich Aw, I could never beat up @dannybrown. He’s all the way in Canada! πŸ™‚

DannyBrown
DannyBrown
5 years 12 days ago

@MargieClayman @ginidietrich Who’s Gini?

JamesDBurrell2
5 years 12 days ago
Hmm… I feel overwhelmingly under qualified to comment based upon the premise that I only recently celebrated my 26th birthday, but perhaps I’ll approach this in a hypothetical future reminding myself to of the important things I ought to be doing now. (Oh… and any guidance from the crowd out here would certainly be welcomed and appreciated). (Aside: After I finished writing, I realized that I was supposed to only list 3. Sorry, but meh, it was a hypothetical anyways. I’ve got decades to edit down my list). 1. Find a mentor – you own a small business with your… Read more »
Chris_Eh_Young
Chris_Eh_Young
5 years 12 days ago

@margieclayman I know a guy in Canada that’s not too far from @DannyBrown if you need one. LOL @ginidietrich

ChristinaPeden
ChristinaPeden
5 years 12 days ago

As a 20-something who will be entering a PR grad program in the fall, I’m not really in a position to give advice to my 20-something self, but Gini, I just wanted to say– screw the haters! I love that you’re just yourself in your videos, and that you’re not putting on some stuffy, over-rehearsed show for us readers. I mean, heaven forbid you actually seem like a real human being (sarcasm heavily intended)! Keep up the great work and ignore the naysayers.

PRKimberly
PRKimberly
5 years 12 days ago

I’d tell my 20-something self to:
1. “Just Do It!”
2. “Quit Analyzing It!”
3. “Just Do It!”

MargieClayman
MargieClayman
5 years 12 days ago

@chris_eh_young I’ll have my people call your people πŸ™‚ cc @ginidietrich @dannybrown

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@lisarobbinyoung LOL! Crap. I should have said patience too. I have none.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@NancyD68 I had a boss who used to tell me, “No one will look out for you but you.” It’s so true. I also love the “take advice.” I thought I knew it all, too. πŸ™‚ As for the camera, it’s just a Flip HD.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@CarmenKrushas Is that a nice way of saying, “Learn the politics of a company”?

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@ryancox Now come on! You have to answer it, too!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@CarmenKrushas My mom says that, too! I love it!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@JonAston Thanks Jon! I don’t have time to practice, anyway. What you see is what you get. xo

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@margieclayman LOL! Your younger you could have invented Twitter if you told her that!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@JamesDBurrell2 Um. This is 11. But really, #9 is the best one.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@PRKimberly Go Nike! πŸ™‚ I could use your advice from #2. I overanalyze everything. It might be a female thing?

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@ChristinaPeden Ha! Thank you! I definitely don’t have time to rehearse and then record and then edit and then airbrush and then… So what you see is what you get.

rachaelseda
5 years 12 days ago

Finances. Ugh. Really now, what’s the third one? πŸ˜‰

rachaelseda
5 years 12 days ago

And as for the Linkedin person…can they please get a life? They’re just jealous that you rock your videos Gini style.

KDillabough
5 years 12 days ago

@ginidietrich @ChristinaPeden And we love what we get!

KDillabough
5 years 12 days ago

@ChristinaPeden I’m with you Christina! Wondering where you’ll be entering your grad program. You look like a fellow Canadian…west coast?

KDillabough
5 years 12 days ago

@JamesDBurrell2 Complete fan and advocate of #1 and #2…and, well…all of them! Very wise words. Keep these close at hand as you venture into those future decades. They’ll serve you well.

KDillabough
5 years 12 days ago

1. Value yourself. Know that what you have to offer is unique and special.

2. Have broad shoulders but not a thick skin. Some people won’t like you, or what you have to say. Let it roll off those broad shoulders, but never become an impermeable “teflon” person. Feel anger, hurt, betrayal, but don’t own it. It’s the giver’s problem (are you listening @ginidietrich πŸ™‚

3. Surround yourself with people who have your best interests at heart: the positive, constructive, honest, full-of-integrity types. Let the naysayers take a hike.

AnneRyan
AnneRyan
5 years 12 days ago
The three things I’ve learned as I exit my 20’s: 1. Even though it’s just business, for many it’s emotional, so treat all business relationships as if they are “real” relationships by being vulnerable, communicative and forthcoming 2. As James stated, talk to people and go to as many happy hours and networking events as you can. While there, don’t just hand out your card to as many people as possible. Aim to have 1 – 2 really engaging conversations where that person will walk away with a desire to work with you or refer you or even just say… Read more »
1brikshort
1brikshort
5 years 12 days ago
Hey Gini, great question, and I wholeheartedly agree that leadership is killer app for life (love the concept: lead, follow or get out of the way). Financials is key too, though are you fudging a bit by repeating? If I were talking to a younger me, I’d probably buy me a beer and over conversation I’d pause, look me in the eye and say, “Listen kid. Never fear failure, only mediocrity. You’ll learn far more from your mistakes than any successes (and you grow some compassion for others when they screw up too). But if you settle for safety, for… Read more »
PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
5 years 12 days ago

1. Play nice (Sister Barbara Jean – 1st grade)

2. Life is not fair; get use to it (Bill Gates)

3. Never let a telephone go unanswered (Dan Edelman)

walkersutcliffe
walkersutcliffe
5 years 12 days ago

@ginidietrich Mine would be….believe in yourself! If you don’t how can anyone else?!

kmtirpitz
kmtirpitz
5 years 12 days ago

@ginidietrich If I were 35 again and the Ford Modeling agency asked me to model for em I’d say ok

cypherinfo
cypherinfo
5 years 12 days ago

.@ginidietrich how to get a mentor? πŸ˜€

fionabell
fionabell
5 years 12 days ago
Dear Younger Me in Corporate America: 1. SPEAK UP more at work! Your ideas matter and that’s what they are paying you for! 2. Practice healthier habits like regular exercise and good sleep. They contribute more to your performance and self-confidence than you realize today. 3. Make friends with some people in Finance. Get to know the balance sheet and understand the drivers of the company’s success. 4. Make friends with people from every department. Don’t be too shy to assign yourself a mentor outside of your team and share your aspirations for the future with everyone you meet. 5.… Read more »
ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@rachaelseda I said finances twice because I had NO idea how important they’d be in building a business. In my FH days, we wrote off millions of dollars in time. I wish I’d understood the thinking behind that and how it affected (or didn’t) the bottom line.

And… thank you! I guess the videos are just me. If you don’t like it, well, don’t watch it!

KensViews
5 years 12 days ago

When I was in my 20s, I wish someone had told me: 1) Network more; 2) Doing your job well isn’t enough, like it or not, you simply must learn to navigate through political waters; 3) Understanding PR isn’t enough, learn everything you can about the business of business; 4) There’s this company you haven’t heard of called Microsoft. Buy stock in it now. 5) Someday this insane woman named Gini Dietrich will come into your life…

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@KDillabough Really? Don’t have a thick skin? I’ve found the opposite. Tell me more!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@AnneRyan I LOVE the third one! What a great piece of advice…and it’s so true. Love, love, love!

Lisa Gerber
5 years 12 days ago

@ginidietrich @PRKimberly it must be a female thing. Sigh. me too.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@1brikshort Ha! I couldn’t think of a third one. And, like I said to @rachaelseda , I really wish I’d paid attention to the financials. It’s been a long, hard lesson for me (and expensive) to learn on my own. So, for me, it bears repeating. I love the failure piece. We’re taught it’s not OK to fail, but you’re right, it’s how we learn.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@KensViews OMG! Water just came through my nose. HAHAHAHAH!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@KensViews And a piece of advice your 20 something should give you now? Blog more.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 12 days ago

@fionabell And an addendum to #7…you never know when you’ll have the opportunity to work with them again. Numbers two and three are my favorite.

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