Creating New Paths

Imagine standing in the woods and having two paths to select from. One freshly groomed, and the other overgrown and mysterious. This semester, I chose the overgrown one.

I decided to run for executive board for my sales fraternity, Pi Sigma Epsilon. I wanted the vice president of public relations position, but ended up not being elected for the spot, so I decided to run for vice president of alumni relations and I got it.

The only problem was, that position was known for having little work to do. I didn’t want that. I wanted to be challenged and leave an impact on the chapter. I was determined to be the best vice president of alumni relations the chapter had ever seen.

I started the year off by meeting with my president to brainstorm ideas for the upcoming semester and set goals.

I created a newsletter, got an alumni to come to one of our meetings to share his experience with the active members, created a document listing which alumni work for which corporate partner and most importantly updated the alumni database.

This is where all of the alumni information is stored. Our chapter has not had the best alumni engagement lately and I figured out why after I started the position. All the contact information was four and a half years outdated. I started emailing, Facebook messaging and LinkedIn messaging alumni so I could get their contact information to bring them back in the loop with the chapter.

This is important because I’m sure none of the alumni want to be cut off from a chapter they gave so much to. I know I won’t want to when I go alum. I also helped give this position more life and started building it up more for future position holders to come.img_9150.jpg

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Top Five, Top Five!

In the past, I have written about my sales fraternity, Pi Sigma Epsilon. It is still an organization I am actively a part of, but this year with my chapter has been more incredible.

Not only have I served on the executive board, but I also attended our regional and national conventions.

To be on the sales teams at these conventions, one must send in a try-out video to our corporate partners. They then select the top candidates to compete. I made the regionals team and began preparing a month and a half prior to the competition.

At the convention, I became friends with students from other schools by networking. Six months later and we still keep in touch.

I had to sell Liberty Mutual Insurance at the regional competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and ended up being a finalist (top 16 out of more than 80 competitors). This secured my spot to be on the nationals sales team for my chapter.

Typing this now, I am getting emotional. Just yesterday, I returned to Michigan from Jacksonville, Florida. My heart is full with an overwhelming amount of love and sense of accomplishment. I prepared all semester for this week and it showed.

There was 186 competitors and I walked away securing fifth place in the nation for a year-long sales competition. I also placed fifth for the day, hence the title “Top Five, Top Five”.

I walked on the stage in front of advisors, students and recruiters twice to be honored. I’ve never been more proud of myself before.

Because of this experience, I have furthered my sales skills and professional development. I’ve networked with so many wonderful people, listened to brilliant and inspiring keynote speakers, and pushed myself way outside my comfort zone. Not to mention, my resume is going to glow a little more from this accomplishment.

Everyone in my life has been so supportive and I cannot thank them enough for all their love.img_9077

My Business Advantage For Life

Joining the professional sales and marketing fraternity, Pi Sigma Epsilon, has been a pivotal moment in my college career.

This year, I decided to dive in to professional development and networking opportunities by getting involved with sales competitions. I tried out for Pi Sigma Epsilon’s Regional Convention and made it on the team. I began preparing for the sales case as soon as it was released. A few weeks later, I competed against many of the top sales students in the region. My buyer and the judges were all recruiters from different companies.

That weekend, I applied my professional skills when networking with various recruiters and students, attending a career fair and dining using proper etiquette. I practiced carrying myself in a confident, competitive and sophisticated manner. I also learned new skills from peers at the competition. I was surrounded by many driven professionals all weekend, and the environment made me hungry to be successful.

I want to continue pushing myself outside of my comfort zone with these competitions. It’s a great way to learn and apply real-world sales skills, plus they are fun. After competing, I received a video of my role play and have reviewed it a few times to take notes. The feedback I was given from others and the notes I took myself were applied to my next competition at Quicken Loans.

There are so many ways to get involved, but I truly think the most valuable is attending competitions because I get to apply, practice and enhance my skills.

I plan to continue trying out for the sales competitions and being involved with PSE. It’s a great organization that I’m flourishing professionally in. At the end of the year, I decided to apply to be on the executive board for next semester. In the fall, I will be my chapter’s Vice President of Alumni Relations. I will continue using the networking skills I have gained to reach out to the alumni and invite them to remain involved with the chapter by coming to our events. I’m very excited to continue being a leader in this organization.

 

 

Pi Sigma Epsilon

Ipsen the spring semester of my sophomore year, I decided to join Pi Sigma Epsilon, the marketing and professional sales fraternity at Central Michigan University. I was initiated at the end of February and I have already experienced many of the benefits PSE has to offer. I have attended a professional sales networking night with business professionals, fundraised with my new member class to fund future sales competitions, attended weekly meetings to listen to numerous employer spotlights, learned how to dine with professionals at an etiquette dinner, cleaned up garbage on the side of Deerfield Road for Adopt-A-Road, volunteered at PSE’s annual Dart Tournament, attend my chhapter’s formal, and network with my peers.

Even though I have not been a full-fledged member for a whole semester yet, I have had so many wonderful professional and fun experiences. The fraternity is valuable because I am further developing myself and stepping out of my comfort zone. For example, at meetings random members will be called on to stand in front of about 100 other members and give a sales pitch on a random object they are assigned. One time I was called up and had to try and sell Cabbage Patch Kid dolls to college students. It was difficult to come up with points off the top of my head, but it was a great way to push myself out of my comfort zone and do something I do not get the chance to every day.

I know I am ready to step up and take a leadership role in PSE; that is why I recently applied to become the Director of Public Relations. Next year, I plan on running for Vice President of Public Relations for the Zeta Nu chapter. I am passionate about sales and want to put as much effort and time into my fraternity as I can to get the most out from it. PSE really is helping me grow into a successful business professional.

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