I Am A Fan Of PR Debates

For one reason or another I’ve been involved in several debates this week.

Whether it was about media pitching or the importance of titles, there was plenty of opportunity to turn these healthy discussions into heated ones, and perhaps they even appeared that way.

But honestly, this post isn’t about debate topics and who won or who lost. It’s about how much there is to gain from hearing the different views of people.

The way I look at it, these types of conversations create an awesome environment where all sides have the chance to learn something new and get a fresh perspective on the topic being discussed. Remember, people are not always going to agree with you or take your side on an issue. In fact, once in a while someone is going to come along and prove you wrong about a point you made or make a compelling argument against your original statement. You might even get mad. That’s OK. Did you learn something? Then you’ve won!

At the end of the day, no matter what topic you are debating nothing is better than speaking with another person who is just as passionate as you are about a particular issue. You almost always learn something from the experience, and I certainly learned a few things this week.

So the next time you are involved in a debate over a PR issue or any issue for that matter, remember that it’s not about who is right and who is wrong. It’s about the education that you got from it that will make you a better, more knowledgeable person in the long run.

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8 comments on “I Am A Fan Of PR Debates

  1. Great post Andrew– couldn’t agree with you more! I believe the nature of a debate is for education on both sides, regardless of whether anyone changes opinions. The good thing about PR debates is that it demonstrates how the field is willing to continue a dialogue and evaluate the various points of view in the process.

    PS. I may stir up a debate with a post later today….stay tuned 😉

  2. Terrific post, man!
    Whether it’s about the importance of old school PR techniques or media pitching, a good debate helps keep the brain sharp. We like to show we know a thing or two and a debate can prove it. However, like you said, it’s not always about “I’m right, you’re wrong,” it’s about learning something.

    I hope this post is read by those who are just starting out and seasoned pros!

    • Thanks, Jason! I’ve definitely been guilty at times of taking the “I’m right, you’re wrong” stance, but we all learn from our mistakes.

      FYI – freezing in NYC today, but guess I shouldn’t complain considering you are in Buffalo!

  3. I love this post! Sometimes debates can get so heated or people may feel irritated that the other party isn’t fully jumping on their bandwagon. Bottom line, you can always walk away from debates learning something, and I think it’s really important to focus on that. You may not agree with the other party, but you might have learned something about yourself or maybe a new idea you never considered before…

    Thanks for the food for thought:)!

  4. Terrific post, man! Whether it’s about the importance of old school PR techniques or media pitching, a good debate helps keep the brain sharp. We like to show we know a thing or two and a debate can prove it. However, like you said, it’s not always about “I’m right, you’re wrong,” it’s about learning something. I hope this post is read by those who are just starting out and seasoned pros!

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