Scandalous: Olivia Pope, PR and Me


I admit it. I am addicted to the ABC television show Scandal.  I mean, this is a Thursday night, don’t you dare interrupt that hour, edge-of-the-seat kinda love.  As a public relations professional, I have every reason to discard Olivia Pope as a ‘not for real, giving PR a bad name’ character.  But I can’t.  In my fantasy world, I have secretly taken to describing what I do as “Olivia Pope, without the drama – or the wardrobe!”  But wait a minute.  Before we condemn Ms. Pope for her philandering ways, lies and ‘do whatever it takes even if it means breaking the law’ kind of cover-ups, let’s take a look at what we actually do have in common with the ever-scandalous Scandal. 

5 Things I learned from Olivia Pope

  1. You need a team who’s got your back.  PR can be a demanding, 24×7 world.  You need to be a team player to count on and a team leader who is absolutely confident the team will get it done. 
  2. Lies always beget more lies.  Don’t do it.  It only works on TV fantasy land.
  3. Be detailed.  Watch, listen, plan and strategize.  Connect the dots. Anticipating what might happen, what will happen and what to do about it is your job. 
  4. Never let ‘em see you sweat. In crisis situations, if you can’t be the calmest, most in control person in the room, pick another career.
  5. Exercise, people! Olivia swims laps when she is troubled.  There’s a reason PR is consistently rated as one of the most stressful jobs.  Do something every day to deal with it.  You’ll be better on the job … and maybe, like Olivia, you can let your mind drift away to re-live your juiciest moments!

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