Unconventional Advice: An Interview with Julie C. Robbins

Written by MHP on Thursday, November 15, 2018

Julie C. Robbins, director of client services for Mangan Holcomb Partners (MHP), has spoken numerous times on networking, she often provides career advice to young professionals, including the Arkansas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). In January 2019, she will be celebrating 16 years with MHP. Before becoming the director of client services, Robbins spent 10 years working in the public relations department at the agency. Our intern, Rebecca Bailey sat down with Julie to talk about networking, career advice for young professionals and things she’s learned during her career. The conversation was inspired by a talk that Robbins gave to Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) members a couple of years ago.

R: What are some of your top tips for making a good first impression in a professional setting?

JCR: First of all, be in a good mood, be happy and be present. Put a smile on your face! Even if you’re not in a good mood, talk yourself into one. You should know how to do a proper, firm handshake and make eye contact. Also, being genuine goes a long way. Try to be truly interested and attentive in what someone is saying. Be adaptable - that’s key. Be aware of where you are, who you are with and act and dress accordingly.

R: What advice do you have on networking?

JCR: First, join a professional organization, such as PRSA or IABC (International Association of Business Communicators). Then, after that, you should also join a professional organization in the industry you work in. You may be a public relations or communications professional, but if you’re working in healthcare, you need to be a part of a professional organization that focuses on the healthcare industry. To network well, you’ll have to get out of your comfort zone.

R: What are some things you think younger professionals do well?

JCR: They add SO much mental and physical energy to the workplace, which I appreciate. I’m also very thankful for the new ideas and perspectives they have and their ability to teach others about new things. I really value learning something new from them every day.

R: What are some things you think younger professionals don’t do as well?

JCR: Getting to work on time is something I think younger professionals should work on, which is something I struggled with when I was younger.

R: Is there any other advice you would tell professionals that isn’t considered “normal” career advice?

JCR: Keep the inside of your car clean; you never know when your boss will ask you to take a client to the airport or when your boss and/or client will ask you to drive them somewhere. Keep multiple pairs of shoes in your car, like tennis shoes and boots, because you never know when you’ll be asked to do something that you can’t do if you’re wearing dress shoes. If you are wanting to go into public relations, consider taking the first five years of your career to work in a newsroom and nonprofit before going into an agency or corporate setting.

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Mangan Holcomb Partners Sweeps ARcom Awards

Written by MHP on Thursday, October 18, 2018

Mangan Holcomb Partners (MHP)/Team SI received 13 Prism awards and were finalist in 16 categories at the 2018 ARcom Awards Ceremony sponsored by the Arkansas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and the Arkansas Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.

Each year, the ARcom Awards Ceremony recognizes exceptional and outstanding achievements from communicators across the state. This year, there were more than 141 entries in 34 categories, and we are proud to have won nearly half.

The agency received awards for:

Community Relations, Business (Arkansas Urology Kickoff for Men’s Health)

Internal Communications (University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College Core Values Rollout)

Content Marketing, Associations/Nonprofits/Government (Arkansas Economic Development Commission [AEDC] marketing effort)

Crisis Communication (Responding to the threat of Hot Springs’ closing the Arlington Hotel)

Public Affairs (Arkansas Pharmacists Association)

Public Relations on a Shoestring Budget, Business (Free glaucoma screenings for McFarland Eye Clinic)

Special Events and Observances, Business, Less Than Seven Days (Dave & Buster’s Northwest Arkansas Grand Opening)

Creative Tactics (AEDC’s lead generation campaign)

Direct Mail, Nonprofit (AEDC direct mail campaign)

PSA, Television and PSA, Radio (Keep Arkansas Beautiful “Clean & Green”)

PSA, Print (Department of Arkansas Heritage Historical Quarterly PSAs)

Advertising Support, Television (CHI St. Vincent Stroke and Heart Attack spot)

We are intentionally inventive in the work we do.

Congrats again to our clients and to the entire MHP/Team SI family for being recognized for outstanding work at the 2018 ARcom Awards.

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MHP Public Relations Department Welcomes Intern

Written by MHP on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Rebecca Bailey, a public relations and communication double major at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), is the public relations intern at Mangan Holcomb Partners for the Fall 2018 semester. “I’m very excited to be at Mangan Holcomb Partners. It has been a dream of mine to intern here since the first time I toured the agency during a PRSA/PRSSA agency tour day,” said Bailey.

Before interning at MHP, Bailey worked as a communication and marketing intern at the Tri Sigma Foundation, a writing and communication consultant at the UCA Center for Writing and Communication, a brand ambassador with Delta Dental and as a marketing assistant for Uniquely Greek.

In addition to meeting new people, Bailey is excited to “get her feet wet” in the tactical side of public relations. She is eager to gain valuable, real-world experience from all the employees at MHP.

Get to know Rebecca

What is one thing you cannot resist?

Desserts and Coca Cola.

What is one thing people don’t know by looking at you?

I can’t ride a bike and I don’t know how to “properly” swim.

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Definitely dogs!

What Netflix show are you currently watching?

Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve never watched it before!

What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever had?

When I was in elementary school, I was Pippy Longstocking, complete with crazy knee-high socks, a jumper and a wire hanger strung through my hair to make my braids stick straight out!

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MHP/Team SI observes the Great Arkansas Cleanup

Written by MHP on Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Mangan Holcomb Partners (MHP) and Team SI’s frightening and fun creatures gathered Friday afternoon for “Litter Is Scary,” a festive cleanup of MacArthur Park in downtown Little Rock.  Read More »