Member Spotlight: Lexi Argyle

People in the field of communications usually are some of the most extroverted, sociable, and outgoing individuals you will meet. However, not all communications professionals fit this stereotype. When Lexi Argyle joined PRSA, she considered herself a “super introvert” and had a hard time networking with strangers. She shares her story on how PRSA has helped her come out of her shell and push herself professionally.

Getting Her Start

When Lexi started her college career, she never intended to study public relations—her goal was to get into dental school. However, after helping out with a few community relations tasks at the dental office she was working at in her undergrad, she discovered public relations just might be her true passion. She decided to take an intro to public relations class the next semester, and she was instantly hooked.  

Once she was in the major she became heavily involved in PRSSA and even ranked in the top ten in the Bateman Case Study competition—a national competition that challenges students to design a public relations campaign for actual clients. She enjoyed her experience so much she decided to continue with PRSA and join the Utah Valley Chapter after graduation. 

The Value of PRSA

As much as Lexi enjoyed PRSSA and the Bateman competition, she admits being an introvert has been her biggest professional challenge to getting involved. She says, “I don’t enjoy networking, but I know it is valuable.” It takes a lot of motivation for her to put herself out there and network with strangers. Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, says Lexi isn’t the only introvert who feels this way. She notes, “Very often when people have these kinds of fears, they naturally tend to just avoid them as much as possible until the day comes when they can’t avoid them. Then all of a sudden they have to make a presentation to thousands of shareholders.” Lexi didn’t want to let herself be held back by her introverted personality, and PRSA became her answer. Networking was no longer something she had to set out to do on her own because PRSA brought communications professionals together every month for her to network with at her own pace. She says, “PRSA provides a venue for you to network so when you go it’s not as weird.” Through her efforts to be more social in the safe environment of the Utah Valley Chapter, she has gained even more confidence to push herself even further out of her shell while at work. “I’ve asked for more presentation opportunities and more opportunities to serve on committees so I can get to know more people and really work in groups.” These days, presentations and reaching out to other professionals hardly bothers her.

Outside of the luncheons and networking opportunities, Lexi says PRSA can still be valuable to introverts who aren’t quite ready to get outside of their comfort zone. PRSA offers exclusive access to a variety of online webinars. She admits, “Most of my PRSA involvement has been online.” The webinars have provided her with important industry information she didn’t get in the classroom. She remembers, “When I started my job it was kind of baptism by fire.” The information in the webinars have given her more experience and insights on topics she was less familiar with, like data analytics and media placement, and have allowed her to feel even more confident in her position at work. Lexi believes getting involved online also helps the more shy members of PRSA to appreciate the organization and become more interested in attending social events. Speaking to fellow introverts, she suggests, “If you start with the things that are available to you online it helps you realize the value of being a member. That’s why I want to be more involved in the chapter now.”

A Place For Everyone

While Lexi has goals to become more open and social, she notes there are many advantages to being introverted. She reflects, “Even though PR is a more extroverted field, I still feel like there is a lot of value in being an introverted person in PR because we listen. We’re detail-oriented and have an analytical side of really thinking about what we say before we say it or write it.” It’s important for those who have strong, outgoing personalities to learn these strengths that come more naturally for an introvert. PRSA is the perfect place for both of those personalities to unite and learn from each other in order to grow professionally. Ultimately, Lexi says you have to “find the value of PRSA for yourself and see how you fit,” because there truly is a place for everyone.

Bio: Lexi Argyle received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Utah Valley University with a Public Relations emphasis in 2016. She has since worked for the Utah Valley Home Builder’s Association as the director of membership and now works as a communications coordinator for Revere Health. She loves how Revere Health combines both of her interests in the medical field and in communications. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and going on nature walks around Utah.

Written by Gabrielle Smith

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