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Senior PR people : share your platform and make a difference

I am meant to be revising for the last exam for my masters (it’s accountancy, ugh), and so of course got sucked into YouTube where I found this video of Pink watching other people play covers of her songs. It’s fabulous to watch. Her genuinely astonished reactions (and then the reactions of the people watching her, watching them) are really delightful.

The thrill of having someone they admire comment on what they’d done is visible, and heartwarming.

It reminded me of the CIPR Awards dinner recently where current President, Sarah Hall, took a selfie with a young PR practitioner, Olivia Shalofsky (currently an up and coming PR intern at Direct Line).

I saw Olivia’s follow up reaction to that tweet. She was absolutely thrilled to have been noticed by Sarah and included in that picture.

I also spotted this mention of Ketchum CEO, Jo-ann Robertson, from Taylor Bennett Foundation alumni Yarohey Sekha. Yarohey is currently one of the mentees on the BME PR Pros scheme and in her profile piece on their website said how influenced she’d been by meeting Jo-ann on a visit to Ketchum as part of the Foundation’s programme.

For Sarah and Jo-ann these were instances where they were automatically kind and generous, but probably didn’t think much about it after the event. Yet to Olivia and Yarohey these were incredibly important events which had lasting effects.

We shouldn’t under estimate the influence senior practitioners have over those people who are new to the industry. So if you have the opportunity to be kind, generous, and share a platform then do – you could make a world of difference.

 

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Recommended PR Reading

I’m often asked which are the best books on PR.  There are HUNDREDS to choose from, but here are some of the best from the cheapest to the wallet crushing.  Some are academic texts, some are ‘guides to’, one is a novel and the others are not strictly PR but are relevant nonetheless.

Why You Can’t Ignore Social Media In Business by Victoria Tomlinson.  FREE

Thank you for Not Smoking by Christopher Buckley. £5.60

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.  £6.03

How to Do Everything with Podcasting by Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson.  £7.50

PR Power: Inside Secrets From The World Of Spin by Amanda Barry. £7.69

Brilliant PR by Cathy Bussey.  £8.35

Brand Anarchy by Steve Earl and Stephen Waddington.  £9.09

Share This: The Social Media Handbook for PR Professionals by the CIPR Social Media Panel. £14.44

PR Today by Trevor Morris and Simon Goldsworthy.  £16.32

Exploring Public Relations by Ralph Tench and Liz Yeomans.  £37.71

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