20 Ways To Leverage Public Speaking Engagements

You’ve got a speaking gig? Congratulations. It’s a good public relations device to build your profile and help you reach out to potential clients, customers or partners, and share your expertise or point of view. Your audience may comprise 12 people. It may comprise 120.  No matter the number, there are things you can do to…

5 ways to help your clients to network

The original title for this post was ‘5 ways to help your clients to develop relationships’ but that didn’t sound right. Yet this article is about relationship-development. After all, relationships are at the heart of public relations. A good PR practitioner looks after their clients’ reputation and that includes not just media relations, sponsorships and…

The PR rollercoaster

I’ve worked in a few PR roles over the years. Every day is different and projects can include issues management, event management, web writing, publicity stunts, drafting columns, researching niche publications, organising stakeholder meetings .. and so much more. But a lot of my work is in media pitching – which for the PR novice,…

Does emotion have a place in PR?

This post was first published in InDaily on 9 March 2016 Where does emotion feature in a corporate crisis? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself recently, following Unley Council’s parking fees stoush with the Transport Department and reactions to food writer John Lethlean’s Hill of Grace review. PR lore would have us ‘keep calm…

PR consultant or in-house PR manager? A look at the pros and cons

Public relations professionals work in all sorts of environments and working arrangements, and that includes external ‘consultants for hire’ or in-house, long term employees. There are pros and cons to each approach and this is a topic often discussed during university PR studies to help students ponder their future direction. I’ve worked in both roles…

What does your Digital 2016 look like?

Last year more and more of my friends decided to change their approach to social media. It wasn’t a digital detox as such, but an attempt to win back some time from the online world. In particular it was a recognition that some of their Facebook experience was not fruitful or enjoyable – for all…

Avoid advertising blahblah: the real meaning of Christmas?

Ah, Christmas messages – dontcha love ‘em? What do you say to your clients, your staff and other stakeholders during the festive season? Do you stick with the traditional Merry Christmas and Happy New Year? If so, you’re not alone! It has struck me that this standard message is regurgitated by a lot of organisations…

5 reasons why awards are important in PR

PR consultants often encourage their clients to enter awards. Why is this? Awards are a valuable recognition of your abilities and achievements – but also a great promotional tool. Award programs may: Provide case studies and inspiring stories to others Act as a testimonial or endorsement piece for re-use in your marketing channels Position you…

Unexpected PR questions

I was part of a ‘speed networking’ event recently, acting as the more experienced, (cough, older) PR practitioner to speak to new, emerging (and younger) practitioners about PR. It’s always refreshing to chat with people who are eager to hear more about your craft. And while there are many standard questions revolving around how to pitch…

You can leave your (black) hat on

A public relations practitioner is often the doomsayer in the room. It’s not because we’re naturally morose or negative people. (In fact, we’re naturally positive people who believe that our clients deserve attention and that we’ll produce stellar communication strategies. Someone has to believe.) We’re doomsayers because we are tasked with building and protecting reputation –…