Mentoring can inspire you take the next step  

By Dirk Vennix. Why does a sector leader who is busy delivering change have time to be a mentor? I have because I am passionate and driven about self-improvement. If you’re unsure how mentoring might work my personal experiences may help you on your way.   When I was head of PR for a local council and edited its weekly newspaper, I asked the team’s PA to write an article on her own and it […]

Mentoring: What’s in it for the mentor? 

By Katie Marlow. Back in 1999 I graduated from Bournemouth University. With my hard-earned PR degree I headed off to get a job. I was so pleased with myself. My head of sixth form had written me off, quite brutally telling my Mum I’d amount to nothing. Those words burned. I’d really not enjoyed my school days. But I was always determined and loved learning, […]

Mentoring and me 

By Emma Leech. It’s odd talking about mentoring (which is all about supporting and helping others) and using ‘me’ in the subject line but mentoring is genuinely one of the most valuable things I do, both in the workplace and through CIPR’s amazing Progress Mentoring Scheme.  I’ve never had a formal mentor – it wasn’t really […]

Getting chartered: A guide for young PR professionals

By Claire Simpson, Communications Consultant at Hard Numbers. Back in April I became a Chartered PR professional. It was a huge confidence boost and validation of my work. But I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a huge relief too. I’d taken a leap of faith by going for chartership early in my career. […]

Happiness and wellbeing: you can have both, but they’re not the same thing

By Paul Hutchings, founder of fox&cat. We all want to be happy, right? But what if I told you striving for happiness won’t help? Instead, focus on wellbeing and you’ll be happier too. In this article we’ll talk you through what happiness and wellbeing are, why focussing on wellbeing is better, and how you can help […]

How to Manipulate PR: Does the Hotel California Exist?

By James Knight. Manipulating PR to your own ends is not new, however one example came to mind recently, how a little story becomes a million dollars through very clever PR. My story came back to me while watching Sky Arts’ The Eagles in Concert at The Forum at Inglewood, Los Angeles. They played for […]

Game, set and match

There is an unanswered question that exists: what do we want from or expect of our media? It has been much debated and discussed but with no universal agreement. The situation with Naomi Osaka, who has withdrawn from the French Open, raises many issues. In a statement she talks about suffering with depression and anxiety, […]

Online safety bill – a step in the right direction

By Yuval Ben-Itzhak, President at Socialbakers.  Announced as part of the Queen’s Speech, the UK government has outlined a draft legislation to improve internet safety, titled the Online Safety Bill. This bill is set to tackle harmful content online, including online trolling and misinformation. Under the proposals, big tech, social media firms and other digital […]

Virtual networking group set to keep comms pros connected

By Ollie Tunmore, Senior Account Executive at Spa Communications. At the point of writing this article, it has been 463 days since I attended my last physical industry event, 458 days since my last in-person client meeting and 443 days since my last trip into an actual office. I’ve been working the entire time, but […]