PA Culture
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“The way journalists look for sources follows a very similar process to that of a Personal Angel’s work”

Interview with David Blay, lecturer in ‘Communication skills’, ‘Speaking in public’, ‘Personal Branding’, ‘Networking’ and ‘Remote Work’

 

David Blay, our lecturer on ‘Communication skills’ since the first edition of the Postgraduate course, is more than just a multifaceted professional. Originally a sports journalist for more than a decade, he also advises sportsmen and companies on how to present themselves to the media in a newsworthy way. At the same time, he has been working remotely for 15 years (he wrote a book on this in 2014), and gives courses and lectures about this topic in Spain and Latin America. “During the pandemic, TLI found me through LinkedIn, we had a wonderful conversation and, after starting our collaboration with some media appearances, they told me about the Postgraduate and offered me the possibility of giving classes on storytelling, how to write and speak effectively, social networks and remote work”, he tells us before starting the interview in which he points out the need to give Communication the place it deserves, especially in the universe of Personal Angels. Let’s fly and communicate!

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Author: María José Núñez

 

– What is key to making good use of communication in a profession such as a Personal Angel?

We are constantly communicating, whether we are talking, sending a WhatsApp or writing an email. However, nobody at school or university has ever taught us how to do it properly. In reality, we have many skills but sometimes we are not able to take advantage of them. A Personal Angel must know how to be persuasive in order to get what his/her clients ask for, so this skill is critical for them.

“A Personal Angel must know how to be persuasive in order to get what his or her clients ask for”

-Can you give us an example of a specific situation in the PA world where communication plays a key role?

Having made contacts, knowing the surroundings and being able to come up with an attractive argument can make the difference between getting a table in an exclusive restaurant or not. If the chef won’t pick up the phone, you’ll have to talk to his assistant, but probably on different terms. Or go in for a drink at the bar and get on the good side of the waiting staff. You’ve probably made a phone call, sent an email or even shown up at the door in person beforehand. All of these circumstances require communication skills. In fact, in class we often make comparisons with how journalists find their sources because the process is very similar.

-Do you think that communication is starting to be given the place it deserves in the professional world or is there still a long way to go?

I think that in the PA world communication should be promoted much more, because although clients are often people who are careful with their public life, the fact that you stand out in terms of communication or have a premium profile on certain social networks can end up getting you a job. However, beyond their private lives, many people in the business world do not understand that communication is a tool that can benefit them if they are able to control the timing and messages, rather than having to wait for a crisis to happen and then find a way to react to it.

 

“In the world of PAs, communication should be much more encouraged”

-Anything new you would like to highlight about your classes in the III Edition?

Each class is theoretical and practical at the same time; all the work is done during the session. This means that we put into practice what we have learnt while it is still fresh and we can help each other to improve. At the same time we do not ask the students to do extra work outside those hours because we are aware that they also have a lot of their own tasks to do.

-As an expert in communication, how would you inform someone who does not know what direction to take in the professional world to encourage them to try training as a Personal Angel at TLI’s Postgraduate course?

We were discussing why a person would want to use their time to give more time to someone else, because it is a legitimate question, and we came to the conclusion that as a Personal Angel you don’t spend your time, but rather invest it in doing things you like: helping other people, improving their happiness, living experiences that perhaps would not usually be within your reach, meeting high level people who you will have as future contacts and positioning yourself in an industry that will continue growing.

– Finally, do you have any anecdotes from your classes?

We could say that some students are not very happy when they have to speak in public. Yet, with humour, patience, helping them grow more confident and making them see that they have mastered the topic they were going to talk about, they deliver fantastic TED-style speeches.

 

 
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Translation: Emily Benton

 

“La manera en la que los periodistas consiguen las fuentes y las noticias tiene un proceso muy similar al del trabajo de un Personal Angel”

 

Entrevista a David Blay, lecturer de ‘Communication skills’, ‘Speaking in public’, ‘Personal Branding’, ‘Networking’ y ‘Remote work’ 

 

 

David Blay, nuestro lecturer de la asignatura ‘Communication skills’ desde la primera edición del Postgrado, es más que un profesional polifacético. Periodista deportivo en origen, desde hace más de una década, asesora -además- a deportistas y empresas a presentarse a los medios de manera noticiable. Y, al mismo tiempo, lleva teletrabajando 15 años (escribió un libro al respecto en 2014), realizando cursos y conferencias sobre ello en España y Latinoamérica. “Durante la pandemia, TLI me conoció a través de Linkedin, tuvimos una conversación maravillosa y, después de iniciar nuestra colaboración consiguiendo algunas apariciones mediáticas, me hablaron del Postgraduate y me ofrecieron la posibilidad de generar clases sobre storytelling, cómo escribir y hablar de manera efectiva, redes sociales y trabajo remoto”, nos cuenta antes de comenzar esta entrevista en la que señala la necesidad de otorgarle el lugar que se merece a la Comunicación, concretamente, en el universo de los Personal Angels. Let’s fly and communicate!

 

Autora: María José Núñez

 

-¿Cuáles son esas claves para hacer buen uso de la Comunicación en una profesión como la de Personal Angel?

Estamos comunicando de manera constante, bien al hablar, al mandar un whatsapp o al escribir un correo. Pero nadie, en ningún colegio o universidad, nos ha enseñado a hacerlo nunca. Y, en realidad, tenemos muchas habilidades pero en ocasiones no somos capaces de aprovecharlas. Un/a Personal Angel debe saber persuadir para conseguir lo que le piden sus clientes, y esta habilidad es crítica para ellos y ellas.

 

“Un/a Personal Angel debe saber persuadir para conseguir lo que le piden sus clientes”

 

-¿Nos podrías poner de ejemplo una situación concreta en el universo de los PA donde la comunicación juegue un papel fundamental?

Haber realizado contactos, conocer los entornos y ser capaz de generar un argumento atractivo puede suponer la diferencia entre obtener una mesa en un restaurante exclusivo o no hacerlo. Si el chef no te coge el teléfono, tendrás que hablar con su ayudante, pero seguramente, en otros términos. O entrar a tomarte algo en la barra y congeniar con el personal de sala. Con anterioridad seguramente habrás hecho alguna llamada, enviado algún correo o hasta te habrás presentado en persona en la puerta. Todas esas circunstancias requieren de habilidades de comunicación. De hecho, en clase solemos hacer comparativas con cómo los periodistas consiguen las fuentes y las noticias, porque el proceso es muy similar.

 

-¿Piensas que se le está empezando a dar a la Comunicación el lugar que se merece en el mundo profesional o que aún queda mucho camino por recorrer?

Creo que en el mundo de los PA debería fomentarse mucho más, porque si bien los clientes son personas celosas de su vida pública, el hecho de que tú destaques a nivel comunicativo o tengas un perfil premium en determinadas redes sociales, puede acabar dándote trabajo. Sin embargo, al otro lado, más allá de la vida privada de las personas, mucha gente del alto ámbito empresarial no entiende que es un arma que les puede beneficiar si son capaces de controlar los tiempos y los mensajes, y no esperar a una crisis para reaccionar cuando ya casi no hay remedio para solucionarla.

 

“En el mundo de los PA debería fomentarse mucho más la comunicación”

 

-¿Alguna novedad que quieras destacar de tus clases en esta III Edición?

Cada clase es teórica y práctica a la vez; y todo el trabajo lo hacemos durante la sesión. Eso significa que ponemos en práctica lo aprendido cuando todavía está fresco y podemos ayudarnos mutuamente a mejorar, al tiempo que no pedimos a los alumnos y alumnas que hagan trabajo extra fuera de esas horas, porque somos conscientes de que tienen también muchas tareas propias que realizar.

 

-Como experto en Comunicación, ¿cómo informarías a alguien que no sabe qué dirección tomar en el mundo profesional para animarle a que pruebe a formarse como Personal Angel en el Postgrado de TLI?

Estuvimos debatiendo sobre por qué una persona querría usar su tiempo para darle más tiempo a otra, porque es una pregunta legítima. Y llegamos a la conclusión de que tú no gastas tu tiempo, sino que lo inviertes en hacer cosas que te gustan: ayudar a otras personas, mejorar su felicidad, vivir experiencias que en general y por nivel económico no están a tu alcance, conocer gente de alto nivel que serán contactos en el futuro y posicionarte en una industria que no va a parar de crecer.

 

-Y por último, alguna anécdota o curiosidad que haya ocurrido en una de tus clases.

Podríamos decir que algunas alumnos no son muy felices cuando deben hablar en público. Y, sin embargo, con humor, paciencia, generando confianza y haciéndoles ver que dominan el tema del que iban a hablar, realizan speech fantásticos al estilo de una charla TED.

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Traducción: Emily Benton
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