Why being the first born in the family makes you a great PR professional

Earlier, Kate wrote a humorous piece about why being the baby of the family makes you a great PR professional. I’m here to tell Kate, and you, why first borns truly make the better PR person ; )

  • We’re natural born leaders. You know that nicely paved road you baby siblings are walking down? Oh yeah, we did that. (don’t’ worry, you don’t have to thank us now). In PR we can take charge of a situation, assign some roles, and calmly work through any potential crisis situation.
  • We’re determined perfectionists. For a brief time in our lives we were the one and only focus of our parents. We had several home videos made of us and our parents cooed anytime we looked at them. Everything we did was new, exciting and, well, perfect. Today, we still strive for that perfection. We don’t stop until we think we’ve done our best. That high-profile editor we’ve been pitching with no response? Keep truckin’! We go at it ‘til we get it.
  • We enjoy being the center of attention. Okay, yes, that makes us sound a bit selfish. But it really helps in our career! Those home videos mentioned above? You can bet I soaked up every minute of them. For years I didn’t let my younger sister hand out gifts at Christmas because I wanted to be the one to read the names on the boxes (embarrassing, but true). This is key in PR. Our client and their brand becomes us. We do whatever we can to ensure that brand gets the attention it deserves. And with years of experience being center stage, you can bet we’re rather good ; )

And while some may call us aggressive, arrogant, attention-hogging siblings, I think we do quite well for ourselves!

To reiterate what Kate said, this is in no way scientific… jut the fun (and probably accurate) ramblings of a first born! Thanks Kate for such a fun post : )


4 responses to “Why being the first born in the family makes you a great PR professional

  1. Great post, Allie! Love it! I have to admit that you do have some great points. Now we just have to find the only children and middle kids 😉

  2. …and the twin phenomenon

  3. You might be interested in the Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Lehman. It’s an awesome overview on how birth order makes us who we are.

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