It was raining. That, combined with the bad traffic out of Bournemouth meant I was running late to get to Southampton. I hate being late. It wasn’t a beautiful evening. But it became more enjoyable. I’m so glad I made it to the CIPR Wessex ‘Creativity Workshop’ with Andy Green. Andy is an author, international conference speaker, brand consultant, trainer and facilitator.
I promised I'd write about the #insidestory awards for internal communication back in my last blog post in February. It was an extremely busy month, culminating in the awards ceremony on 28th February. As a freelancer working in a range of communications it was great to be asked to work on this national project for CIPR Inside, the internal communication sectoral group of the CIPR.
One of my three things for 2013 was to trust my instinct. I've been freelancing in Bournemouth for a little over two years now and as a qualified professional with lots of different experience from my employed work across public and private sectors I've been able to attract some exciting work and interesting clients. But I wanted to give my business and myself some focus - a direction for my career. I've felt for a little while I wanted to add a specialism to my skills and that I wanted to return to some study to get a deeper knowledge.
Last year I created 'Pop-up PR and a pint', a chance for anyone working in comms and PR across Dorset to meet and share ideas, challenges and learning. I'm planning to do more later this year. Business is really busy right now which is great for me as a freelancer…
Why, is one of my favourite words. Why? Because, it's small, and yet so powerful. It's a word we use effortlessly as a child. My two children are relentless in their questioning. Why this, why that... I can get quite frustrated, but not because they are inquisitive, but rather that it means I have to find and explain the answer. This can sometimes be quite difficult when you've lived with that fact for so long you just accept it. Does anyone know why the sky is blue?
Last year brought me some challenges and many exciting and surprising new opportunities in my freelance career. It was the year when I gained some exciting new business and started working with some truly brilliant people. I also had to make some tough choices, and still do about the direction of my career. Three things stand out for me from 2012. Trust your instinct, was one of the most important things I was reminded to do.
I wish all my clients, PR friends, contacts and all-round brilliant people I've worked with this year, a truly sparkling Christmas and a great new year.
In the spirit of Christmas I want to share with you some tips on putting together an award-winning entry for the CIPR Inside awards. So I’ve compiled a ‘festive 12’ tips for winners (not days of Christmas, as we’d run out of time). There’s some questions you should ask yourself to keep your entry on track and focused – Good luck
I recently attended the CIPR Inside conference, ‘putting employees first’. There was a great turnout and some brilliant speakers. The theme of the event was thought to be controversial, and I believe it’s something that no organisation can afford to ignore. We live in a world where deference is a thing of the past. We don’t trust our bosses, the media or politicians. So against that backdrop, I believe employees are more influential than ever before as a trusted source and employers must harness their ideas and engage with employees if they want to be more successful.
We're off to The Cow, Parkstone, for our next Pop-up PR and a pint. After a little 'research' this pub fits the bill for our gathering on Tuesday 25th September. If you want to join us to hear Mike Leese, ex Daily Mail and Evening Standard journalist share his knowledge and experience,…
I’m really pleased to share ‘Pop-up PR and a pint’ with PR professionals working in Dorset. It’s a new group for local professionals to meet on an informal basis to share ideas, challenges and initiatives. It’s free and flexible.
It’s been nearly two years since I first started working for myself. I thought I’d share some of my experience, what works, what doesn’t and more. Here's my view on 'real' networking, not social. Everyone knows that networking is vital to business. We live in a world where it really is about who you know and not just what you know. So much so, there’s a whole industry around networking. In fact there are so many groups to choose from it’s difficult to know where to start. Some charge a membership, some are just breakfast clubs, some are associated to chambers of commerce or the federation of small business, you name it there’s a group for it.
It's always good to see your work come to fruition. As a freelancer you don't always see the whole of the project from start to finish. For this one I wrote about 14 articles, and today my copy of Onpoint, BrightPoint's customer magazine landed on my door mat. I worked on the editorial at the beginning of June, now it's live and I think it looks great.
It’s been nearly two years since I first started working for myself. I thought I’d share some of my experience, what works, what doesn’t and more. First up, getting out there. My first step was going to a local business seminar in Bournemouth where I thought I’d discuss my business idea and come away with a plan. I met my first client there, we’ve worked together ever since and I’ve never looked back.
A debate has been raging on LinkedIn in one of the PR groups I belong to. The simple question was: Choice or Chance? How did you get into your PR career? The response has been incredible. So many people have joined in and many answered the poll (currently choice 28 - 37% and chance 47 - 62%). As one of the early voters I’ve received regular emails updating me on the conversation, and it’s put Jason Wassell who started it all as a top influencer of the group.
One of the best things about being a Freelance PR is the variety of clients and projects I work with. And with the wonders of social media and technology making remote working a reality, it doesn't matter that I'm based in Bournemouth, I can deliver projects where the client needs them. Of course I love to go and meet my clients too, it's all part of the service.
I attended the follow up workshop for ‘Bournemouth By Night’ on Tuesday 24th April. I always enjoy public consultations. Maybe it’s my public sector experience that drives me to have my say, or perhaps I just like to know what’s going on and get involved. It’s not for everyone I guess, sitting at a table with strangers, talking about your aspirations for your town, but for me it’s really inspiring. I meet people from walks of life I wouldn’t get to meet ordinarily, I find out what’s going on in the town I’ve adopted as my home, I have a chance to have my say on its future and feel inspired and proud of where I live.
One CIPR committee meeting One Freelance forum with social / digital guru Three children's Birthday parties