The other day I was asked by one of my bosses to complete a certain step of a longer process and let her know when I was finished. Excited to be given the chance to step up a bit more, I jumped at the opportunity and decided I would go above and beyond what was being asked of me.
After reading the directions, I got to work and started compiling a Vocus pitch for various technology analysit and writers. Deciding to go a step farther I had thought I had been given the go ahead to send out the pitch from my personal account address. Making sure to cover my tracks, I re-read the directions and am SO happy that I did.
My boss had specifically told me to NOT send out the pitch myself and that she would help walk me through the process. I was so thankful I read the directions again and did not make that major mistake. Taking a moment to calm your excitement and make sure you are completing the tasks correctly is such a major deal in the public relations world. A mistake like that could have been really bad for not only myself but the agency I work for.
Now I re-read everything more times then needed, but if that saves me from messing up I will continue to do it.