Happy New Year!
Can you guess what the most commonly made resolution is? You got it - lose weight, get in shape and become healthier. But truly being healthy includes a balanced life, from making time for friends and colleagues to focusing on personal and professional development. PRSA Richmond can help you accomplish both.
This week, I challenge you to identify your professional goals for the New Year and discover how PRSA Richmond can help you reach them. Whether you are a new professional desiring to learn how to network, a senior practitioner looking for a new project, or a practitioner ready to boost your skills to the next level, PRSA Richmond is the ‘fitness’ coach to take you there. Let’s get professionally fit together!
Now that you’ve identified your goals, here are some ideas for resolutions to help you reach them:
Commit to Making Monthly Meetings –This year, program chair Catherine Gryp with CRT/tanaka has a stellar line-up of programs covering a diverse array of topics. Local and national speakers will deliver new and interesting insights and focus on providing you with valuable take-aways to implement. Our new meeting venue, The Jefferson Lakeside Country Club, is a central and lovely location with ample free parking. Mark your calendars now- the best way to get fitter is through consistent attendance!
Submit Award Entries – As you reflect on the great work you’ve accomplished in 2012, why not enter an award to strengthen your portfolio and personal or organizational branding? This year, for the first time ever, our entire application process is going online! Visit www.prsarichmond.org/awards and submit an online awards entry by March 1. And, don’t forget to mark your calendar now to attend The 66th Virginia Public Relations Awards on Wednesday, May 15 so we can celebrate your hard work with you.
Take Advantage of Professional Development Seminars – You’ll have four opportunities this year to attend special seminars on a variety of specific topics. This is a great way to boost your knowledge, update your skills and gain new insights. What better way to strengthen your professional fitness?
Get Involved – There are numerous ways to get involved with PRSA Richmond and engage with your fellow members. Join a special session for new, senior or independent practitioners or volunteer to serve on a committee. E-mail chapter administrator Sara Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org
with your interest today. You’ll also have opportunities to attend fun happy hours. If you’d like to help plan these networking events, contact Hospitality Chair Julia Salatino at email@example.com
. She’d love to hear from you!
Get Connected – Take advantage of the chapter’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/PRSARichmond
) and Twitter hashtag (#PRSARVA) to share good news, project ideas, industry trends, client kudos, recent connections, news articles, and more. And, this fall, consider attending the PRSA International Conference and connect with thousands of fellow practitioners and more than a hundred industry experts. It will be held close by in Philadelphia during October 2013.
Earn Your APR - Where will your career take you this year? The Accredited in Public Relations (APR) designation proves you have successfully demonstrated competency in the knowledge, skills and abilities required to practice public relations effectively in today’s business arena. Our chapter has a strong program to assist you every step of the way to earn your APR. Contact Anne Buckley, APR, at firstname.lastname@example.org
today to learn more.
Help Others Get Fit - Service through mentoring and celebrating diversity can be incredibly rewarding and help strengthen the public relations profession in our community. From Student Connections Week to the chapter’s mentorship program, there are many ways to help. E-mail directors at large Tom Morris, APR, at email@example.com or Bill Farrar, APR, at firstname.lastname@example.org
to learn how you can get involved.
Personal Growth Through Service – Is your goal this year to give back? Get involved with our chapter’s community service projects by contacting Glenn Birch at email@example.com. You can also help the PRSA Richmond Foundation provide public relations students with the funds needed to afford education. Support the Foundation with a donation online or contact Linda Evans, foundation chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org
to get involved this year.
As you can see, there are ample opportunities to become professionally fit in 2013 with PRSA Richmond. My resolution to you this year is to extend PRSA national’s theme, ONE PRSA, to our chapter as well. This is your PRSA, and I encourage you to reach out to me if you have a goal you are particularly excited about, or if you have new ideas to strengthen and grow our membership.
Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to getting professionally fit with you in 2013!
Jennifer I. Curtis, APR