The PR Fix for Kids: Everyday Conversation

Beach BudsWe believe that one of the building blocks of fostering good relationships is being easy and comfortable with conversation in everyday social situations, such as at work, school, the drugstore, the gym, etc.  Having a friendly demeanor, grace and tact in everyday conversation are learned skills that take practice.  Many of us hone these skills through experience.  Often, this happens as we get older, move away from home, and become independent.

When I look back on my younger years, I realize that I only began thoughtfully considering my social etiquette in college, where I found myself in a new city full of strangers and a variety of cultural and societal norms that I was a bit unfamiliar with.  I grew up in a small island community where everyone knew each other or were somehow connected, and this set a scene for mostly casual, comfortable personal interactions.  I didn’t consider myself uncouth or anti-social, but apprehensive and awkward at times.  I think that this resulted in somewhat holding myself back on exploring a handful of opportunities.  As the saying goes, I lived and learned, and I am appreciative for my experiences as it helped me grow. (more…)

End Your Civil War

IMG_0567Given the choice, few people want to visit or live in a country in a state of civil war. Likewise, few people want to visit or be someone who is at war with themselves. When you’re facing internal battles you are just like a country in a state of civil war. You’re distracted, you have little attention for anything besides your unrest, you may be irritable, you may collapse and isolate yourself, and when you do finally see the light, it’s hard work to fully recover.

Many people don’t even realize that they’re in a state of civil war. Like those who live in war zones, they get used to being on edge, to living in conflict, to that feeling of malaise, and to being in survival mode all the time. They don’t remember what it feels like to be happy and at ease, or to be confident and decisive, or how to thrive instead of just survive. (more…)

Choose Positive Language

Thumbs Up, Thumbs DownWhen you listen to others’ conversations, it’s amazing how much negative content there is. Many people use pessimistic, sometimes downright mean words as a matter of course. They complain. They express worry constantly. They judge and criticize. You can do better than that. In fact you need to if you’re going to be happy and have happy relationships. If your words are full of bile, your thoughts must be just as dark. What’s the point in that? If you’re thinking and speaking about bad things all day, you will be miserable. And you don’t need to be. Words and thoughts are things we can choose. They’re among the few things we have control over so get a handle on them now. (more…)

Relationship Boost: Keep In Touch

Baptism 063One of the easiest ways to boost your relationships, whether it may be with a friend, family member, colleague, etc., is to keep in touch.  This may seem like a simple act with minimal effect, but it will truly enhance any of your relationships from those with whom you are the closest to casual acquaintances.

One of our FMPR Scholars has kept in touch with us regularly for years.  We ask each of our recipients to send us an update of their schooling at the end of the year that they received our award. So they are  only required to contact us once.  This didn’t stop this one particular Scholar from keeping in touch after every semester as she pursued her degree.  We loved receiving the letters from her.  Her mom would also email us updates and photos from time to time.  When they wrote, they would always express gratitude for our scholarship.  Because we developed a relationship with her and her mother over the years as they continued to reach out to us, we decided to award her with an additional scholarship.  This individual has become so special to us, and we’ll do whatever we we can to help her succeed.  Our feelings for her were cultivated through her constant communication with us.   (more…)

Great Things About Being a PR Consultant

If you have strong, longtime relationships in your community; excellent writing and communication skills; a creative, entrepreneurial spirit; a friendly, professional demeanor; a love and concern for business, commerce, the economy, and your community; and a desire and need to care for your family and home while having an esteemed career, PR consulting and our Your Public Is Waiting™ franchise may be a dream come true for you. (more…)

Our Story: Becoming PR Consultants

J&JLaughingWe began our business in the year 2000. Joy had just graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in public relations  and had done some in-house work in a public relations firm as well as some PR consulting on her own. Jenny had been in the workforce for 10 years doing advertising, fundraising, and public relations. The year before Joy graduated from college, she began interning with Jenny, and we quickly realized that we were a great team, both professionally and personally. And so, Fujita & Miura Public Relations (FMPR) was born. (more…)

Be a PR Consultant

Do you want to work from home as a PR consultant, own a lucrative business, and maintain independence and flexibility in your professional life? The Your Public Is Waiting™ PR consulting franchise, created by an award-winning firm with over 14 years of successful PR consulting experience, may be the opportunity for you!

When we first started our company, we dreamed of owning a business that allowed us to work from home, have flexible time for our families, and be held in high regard in our community. For more than 16 years, we have molded our business into a thriving entity that has enhanced both our professional and personal lives.  In fact, we were awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration Home-Based Business Champion of the Year in 2006.  If this is a lifestyle that you are interested in pursuing, we want to help you achieve it.  Join our elite network of professionals. Become a PR consultant today.  Because your public is waiting. (more…)

You’re On a Mission

THE-PR-FIX-LOGO-FINAL1-590x166The following is an excerpt from “The PR Fix for the Everyday Person” © 2013 by Jenny Fujita and Joy Koerte.

You plan meals for your family, build a resume to get a job, and make shopping lists to go to the store. Do the same for yourself and take the time to make a big picture plan for your life, a mission statement. (more…)

Think Before You Speak

Think Before You Speak

The following is an excerpt from “The PR Fix for the Everyday Person” © 2013 by Jenny Fujita and Joy Miura Koerte.

“The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven’t thought of yet.”
– Ann Landers

Thinking before speaking seems obvious but most people don’t do it consistently. We have become a society of blurting out things without regard for the consequences.  We see it in politics when politicians put their foot in their mouth in front of a news camera. We see it in the grocery store when impatient people berate the cashier.  We see it at public hearings when people yell out their opinions.  We see it in high-drama reality TV shows and think, “Can you believe she said that?” (more…)

Why PR Matters to the Everyday You

Why PR Matters to the Everyday You

The following is an excerpt from “The PR Fix for the Everyday Person” © 2013 by Jenny Fujita and Joy Miura Koerte.

Have you ever been caught up in a drama with family, friends or co-workers? Those incidents usually boil down to what someone told so-and-so about someone else who told the next person, and so on.  In the midst of it, you feel like you’re back in high school, where everyone is acting pouty and impulsive.  One of the reasons we celebrated our high school graduations was to be done with those shenanigans! (more…)

FMPR Scholars: Baclig, Matsumoto, and Takenouchi Thrive

FMPR-scholarship-recipients-copy2In 2009, we initiated the FMPR Scholar program to award scholarships to outstanding Kauai students. Since then, we’ve kept in regular contact with our FMPR Scholars and have connected them with each other in a scholar network.  We continue to be so impressed with their achievements that we’ve presented an additional $500 scholarship to each of them this year as they pursue their respective goals.

Benjie Baclig has begun his third year at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. This summer, he interned at Barclays Capital in New York. Shyanne Matsumoto will soon begin her second year at Oregon State University double majoring in education and chemistry. She completed her previous semester with a 4.0 GPA.  Shelcie Takenouchi graduated from USC with a master’s degree in public relations in May. She is currently working as a PR associate at Hill & Knowlton in Los Angeles.

FMPR Scholars are chosen based on several key criteria: they are Kauai residents and students who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees, preferably in communications or public relations; are interested in owning or working for a small business and/or home-based business; engaged in entrepreneurial activities; intend to come home to and pursue their livelihoods on Kauai after undergraduate or graduate school; are engaged in community service and wish to advance the Kauai community after college; have proven intellectual and academic achievements; show integrity of character and an interest in helping others; and have the ability to lead and the motivation to use their talents to the fullest. For more information about our FMPR Scholar program, visit our FMPR Scholar blog posts.

How to Get What You Want: Ask

How to Get What You Want: Ask

Do you know what the first rule is of getting what you want? Ask. Yes, that’s it. We have been intrigued over the years at how often nonprofits simply forget to ask for a donation. By the same token, prior to the recent election, many candidates whom we know, some very well, never asked directly for our vote. Whether it’s fundraising, political campaigning, or selling a product or service, you must connect with your potential donors, voters, or consumers and ask them to do what you want them to. The PR key is asking the right people in a gracious and effective way, at the right time. (more…)

Matsumoto Announced as 2010 FMPR Scholar

Matsumoto Announced as 2010 FMPR Scholar

We’d like to offer up our congratulations to Shyanne Matsumoto as our 2010 Fujita & Miura Public Relations’ (FMPR) Scholar.

Matsumoto of Kalaheo is a graduating senior at Kaua`i High School with a 3.651 grade point average (GPA).  She has been accepted to Oregon State University where she will pursue a double major in secondary education and chemistry. Outside of school, Matsumoto has been an active volunteer and an effective leader.

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FMPR Scholarship

In the next few months, teenagers from all over Kaua’i will be receiving acceptance letters from colleges and their parents will begin preparing to have empty nests.  It will be an exciting time for many, and for some, a time of apprehension.  Students will wonder what the new school year at college brings for them in terms of academic challenges and social situations.  Parents will wonder how they will pay tuitions, especially in this challenging economy.  But still, those who have the opportunity to pursue higher education will find a way.  Fujita & Miura Public Relations would like to join those families investing in education by awarding one $1,000 scholarship to a Kaua’i student pursuing their bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree. (more…)

Lessons from Benjie

Lessons from Benjie

This year we had the distinct honor to award scholarships to two deserving and extraordinary recipients, Benjie Baclig and Shelcie Takenouchi.  Shelcie is in Southern California, where she will attend USC to pursue a master of arts degree in strategic public relations.  Benjie just graduated as the valedictorian from Waimea High School on Kaua’i’s Westside so we were able to take him and his family to breakfast to meet him and learn what fired his ambition to be great. (more…)

How To Write a Fact Sheet

White PaperSo, you know how to write a press release, but how do you communicate more general information about your business, product or service?  A fact sheet, also referred to as white paper, information paper, or information sheet, is your answer.  A fact sheet is an important, at-a-glance tool used in public relations to provide an overall view of your business.  Though fact sheets can stand alone, they are more commonly used to supplement a news release or website, anchor a press kit, or replace a brochure.

A fact sheet is generally one or two pages and includes the who, what, when, where, why and how about a business.  Components of a fact sheet include the below.  Click here for a fact sheet template.  (more…)

FMPR Scholarship

In the next few months, teenagers from all over Kaua’i will be receiving acceptance letters from colleges and their parents will begin preparing to have empty nests.  It will be an exciting time for many, and for some, a time of apprehension.  Students will wonder what the new school year at college brings for them in terms of academic challenges and social situations.  Parents will wonder how they will pay tuitions, especially in this challenging economy.  But still, those who have the opportunity to pursue higher education will find a way.  Fujita & Miura Public Relations would like to join those families investing in education by awarding one $1,000 scholarship to a Kaua’i student pursuing their bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree.  (more…)