Hello, Working Girl: Megan Fussell of M-Squared PR
Meet Megan Fussell, Atlanta-based PR girl who works hard and makes a point to play as equally as hard! I recently got to chat with Megan about her current role at M-Squared PR, her blog, and her professional goals. Read on to learn more about Megan and her fast-paced work life:
Q: You currently work in public relations in Atlanta – a great city to be working in in the industry! Tell us a little about your role at M-Squared PR, and what your day-to-day is like.
A: My role at M-Squared PR is different every day – which is something I love about agency life! On any given day I might be tasked with curating new social content for multiple clients, crafting press releases, designing proposal templates and much more. I wear a lot of hats at M-Squared PR and have been lucky to gain a lot of experience in my short amount of time with the team.
Q: What is your background in PR, and what do you love most about working in the industry in Atlanta?
A: I earned my Bachelors from Georgia Southern University in public relations with a minor in fashion merchandising. I gained a ton of experience during college and hustled to make my four (and a half) years count. My favorite thing about working in PR in Atlanta is that Atlanta is a hub for so many up-and-coming things! When a city is growing and on the cusp of what’s next, it’s a PR girl’s playground.
Q: You run Chasing Pradas and PR, a career and lifestyle-centric blog. When did you begin blogging, and how has your blog helped grow you as a PR professional?
A: I began blogging two years ago in college. I craved an outlet to showcase my love of style, develop my writing skills and quite frankly, get to know myself better. Prior to graduation, I realized that I had changed so much since writing my first post for ‘Monograms and Pearls’ and it was time to narrow in on exactly what I wanted to tell the world. ‘Chasing Pradas and PR’ came to life in January of this year after months of brainstorming. It is still a work in progress but I look forward to sharing successes (and failures) with my readers. Being a part of the blogging community has helped me grow as a PR professional because it keeps me extremely idea-oriented – which allows my creativity cup to never run dry!
Q: What are your top three tips for working with clients and balancing your personal life?
A: Working in PR is very seldom a 9-5 job. There are many events after work, media dinners, and the never ending to-do list. My biggest piece of advice is to carve out daily time for yourself where you clear your mind of all things work-related. Second, as PR girls we know firsthand about building relationships but it’s important to not lose sight of our personal ones. Always make time for the people who are truly important in your life – they keep you grounded when work gets hectic. Finally, it’s okay to say no. When first embarking on your career it’s easy to get caught up in wanting to attend every event or taking on every project, but learning to say no will help you define your work and your personal life.
Q: Think fast! What are your three must-haves for getting through the workday? (Products, snacks, hangout spots, etc.)
A: I live and die by my Erin Condren Life Planner. I pencil in every single meeting, lunch and event in order to know what my day looks like before I head to the office. When I start to get a snack craving, I reach for my 100 Calorie Pack Cocoa Almonds – they hit the spot every time. Last but certainly not least, I keep a book on my desk called Soul Happy. It was a gift from one of my greatest mentors and is filled with uplifting quotes. It helps to lift my spirits during those crazy days!
Q: What is your single best piece of advice for up-and-coming PR professionals in Atlanta?
A: Hustle, hustle, hustle – whether that’s in your first internship, while you’re at a networking event or working towards your first promotion – it will pay off and it will all be worth it.