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Communication Strategy: Public Relations Training

Courses cover key concepts and techniques of effective public relations, including strategic thinking, proactive planning and improved relationship building. Subtopics include audience identification, campaign development, message development and integrated communications.


Feb. 8-9 Mon.–Tue.

Key Concepts and Techniques of Effective Public Relations
Feb. 8–9, 2016 | Course | Arlington, Va.

Category: Communication Strategy

Gain a clear understanding of public relations and communications concepts and techniques through lectures, case study presentations, discussions and group exercises. Examine the theory and practice of major issues facing the profession.
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Featured Presenter:
Robin Schell, APR, Fellow PRSA; In-Person


Feb. 18 Thu.

The Drivers of Trust Around the Globe
Feb. 18, 2016 | Webinar, On-Demand Available Feb. 25

Category: Communication Strategy

This webinar will take a long look at the constant drivers of trust across time and place, as well as the implications for measuring trust within your publics and for developing campaigns aimed at reinforcing or building trust.
Bryan H. Reber, Ph.D.; Michael Cacciatore, Ph.D.; Tonia Ries; Live Online


March 8 Tue.

Tools and Tactics for Crowdsourcing Content With Industry Influencers and Your Community
March 8, 2016 | Webinar, On-Demand Available March 15

Category: Communication Strategy

Explore influencer content strategy, best practices and tools to scale the kind of content buyers and communities really want — because they had a hand in creating it.
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Featured Presenter:
Lee Odden; Live Online


March 15-17 Tue.–Thu.

Presented by PRSA and Ragan Communications
March 15–17, 2016 | Conference | Washington, D.C.

Categories: Communication Strategy, Writing

Spend two days with the world’s best speechwriters and executive communicators, and continue to hone your skills with strategic approaches designed to energize and inspire.
In-Person


March 24 Thu.

Why Integration is PR’s Key to Success
March 24, 2016 | Webinar, On-Demand Available March 31

Category: Communication Strategy

The advent of social technologies means that PR pros must know how to socialize media relations in the truest sense of the word. Integration is the name of the game.
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Featured Presenter:
Shonali Burke, ABC; Live Online


April 14 Thu.

Make An Enduring Impact
April 14, 2016 | Webinar, On-Demand Available April 21

Category: Communication Strategy

Learn the science that supports three prominent challenges: 1) communicating strategy in a meaningful way to each employee of your organization, 2) setting and negotiating expectations during uncertain times and 3) ensuring you have the right communication vehicles and know when to use them.
Kristin Fenty; Nancy Sharp Voith, APR; Live Online


May 24-25 Tue.–Wed.

Critical Skills and Attributes You Need to Connect and Evolve Your Communications
May 24–25, 2016 | Conference | Chicago, Ill.

Category: Communication Strategy

The Strategic Collaboration Conference features actionable approaches to leveraging the strength of public relations, marketing, branding and advertising, while bridging internal silos to achieve more profound results.
In-Person


June 3 Fri.

Working Smarter in the Ever-Changing Communications Landscape
June 3, 2016 | Course | New York, N.Y.

Categories: Communication Strategy, Social Media

Thanks to the speed of the information age, business communicators in the second decade of the new millennium are grappling with having to function in a rapidly-changing landscape.
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Featured Presenter:
Shonali Burke, ABC; In-Person


June 23 Thu.

A Comprehensive, Behavioral and Measurable Strategic Planning Approach
June 23, 2016 | Course | Atlanta, Ga.

Category: Communication Strategy

Too often our strategic plans are short-changed by time, budget and know-how. This workshop will teach you how to build a comprehensive, behavioral strategic plan, plus give you an opportunity to begin to develop the framework of a strategic plan you can use.
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Featured Presenter:
Stacey Smith, APR, Fellow PRSA; In-Person


On-Demand Webinar

Connect Relevance to Growth and Performance
On-Demand Webinar

Categories: Branding, Executive Level, Communication Strategy

Why do some people love one brand more than another when both stores sell the same stuff? It’s relevance. Learn how to develop a brand strategy that is relevant and appeals more strongly to your market.
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Featured Presenter:
Andrea Coville; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

Ensure Consistent and Continuous Improvement
On-Demand Webinar

Categories: Communication Strategy, Measurement & ROI

One of the greatest challenges in our profession is proving the value of public relations. Learn the best approaches to guarantee that public relations is positively affecting an organization, and that it has the feedback required to improve performance over time.
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Featured Presenter:
Mark Weiner; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

A Blueprint for Efficient Problem Solving
On-Demand Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

Learn how Compression Planning (CP) can take a diverse group from the idea to the outcome, as well as the items you need to create your own CP process. You’ll gain practical, hands-on experience to help you solve actual business problems.
Merrie Elyn Meyers, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA; Patrick M. McNellis; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

Learn the Discipline and Tools for Effective Message Development
On-Demand Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

Find the formula for creating compelling headlines, as well as explore a three-step process for developing stickier messages, memorable speeches, quotes and sound bites.
Andrew Gilman; Geoff Livingston; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

Drive PR, Social Media and Marketing
On-Demand Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

Far from overt company messaging or traditional advertising, content marketing builds brand awareness, loyalty and trust by asking what an audience’s needs are as consumers, and what they value as individuals. Learn how to identify content that will resonate with your audience, and drive engagement and interest in your company and products.
Featured Presenter:
Sandra Fathi; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

Learn How to Implement Multi-Channel Strategies and Synchronize Tactics for Maximum Impact
On-Demand Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

Achieving synergy in your IMC campaigns can be challenging; you must understand how to choose the best approach, the best messaging channels and the best combinations of tactics for maximum results. Learn how to select the best messaging channels for your objectives and synchronize linked tactics.
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Featured Presenter:
Bonnie Harris; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

Health Academy
The Strategy Behind Public Health and Regulatory Activities
On-Demand Section Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

In this session, you will review a series of case studies that illustrate how the FDA formulates its communications strategy, and how the agency employs a range of tools and approaches to reach various stakeholders.
Featured Presenter:
Kathleen Quinn
Kathleen Quinn; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

Gaining and Maintaining Consent
On-Demand Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

Because community decision-making is always values-driven, you have to build trust and confidence by addressing concerns and core values while avoiding fatal strategies that minimize, trivialize, ignore or belittle those values.
James E. Lukaszewski, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, BEPS Member Emeritus; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

Financial Communications Section
Integrating Digital, PR and Advertising for a Public Awareness Campaign
On-Demand Section Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

At its core, communications is about storytelling. Whether leveraging advertising, media relations or digital communications, good storytelling means having a good message that can be carried in a variety of ways.
Featured Presenter:
Dan Drummond; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

Learn How to Increase Business Acumen for You and Your Team
On-Demand Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

To become trusted advisers to clients and the C-suite, public relations professionals need to demonstrate how their counsel helps advance business goals and objectives. Gain tips to help increase your level of business acumen so that public relations gets — and keeps — its seat at the table.
Ron Culp; Matt Ragas, Ph.D.; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

Public Affairs and Government Section
Using the California Drought as a Case Study
On-Demand Section Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

California is in the midst of the worst drought in the state’s recorded history. Find out how communications professionals are effectively changing public behaviors and perceptions around this topic.
Patricia Tennyson; Ruth Bernstein; Lauri-Ellen Smith, APR; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

New Professionals Section
Harness the Power of the Influencers Shaping Your Market
On-Demand Section Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

Learn how to incorporate new earned, owned and paid media tactics to better engage influencers with content. Find out how converged media strategies will help you effectively reach influencers. Learn more about PRSA 2015 New Professionals Week and find a local event near you!
Featured Presenter:
Naimul Huq
Naimul Huq; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

Putting More Thought Into Practice
On-Demand Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

Based on smart thinking and best practices curated from more than 100 articles and marketplace experiences, this session will teach you what thought leadership is and the characteristics of effective thought leaders.
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Featured Presenter:
Debbie Wetherhead; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

Technology Section
Hear How Technology Facilitates Reporting
On-Demand Section Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

Even the most robust reporting staffs are challenged to keep pace with the volume and velocity of data being generated. Fortunately for today’s media and PR leaders, new storytelling technology is helping media and communications leaders offload routine reporting. Gain a closer look!
Kristian Hammond; Mary Conley Eggert; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

Counselors Academy
Expand Your Brand’s Reach and Impact
On-Demand Section Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

To survive and thrive in this new world, PR departments need to evolve fast. In this session, you’ll learn the tactics traditionally associated with marketing that will help you expand your brand's reach and impact, outpace competitors and turn your department into a power player within the organization.
Featured Presenter:
Mark Thabit; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

Strategic Leveraging for Fundraising Success
On-Demand Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

In the new world of corporate gift giving, success comes from collaboration and co-branding to achieve mutual goals. During this webinar, attendees will learn to develop a clear vision of their fundraising goal and tips to engage sponsors by co-branding and adding value to their relationships.
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Featured Presenter:
Cyndee Woolley, APR
Cyndee Woolley, APR; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

Corporate Communications Section
Lead Your Corporation Into the Next Era of Effective Internal and External Communications
On-Demand Section Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

Free for PRSA Members. Corporate communications is undergoing significant change. Major influencers include the expanding global marketplace, shifting demographics, digital technology and other forces. In this webinar, you will learn the 10 most important needs that corporate communicators can address now to help give their firms an edge over the competition.
John Deveney, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA; Michele E. Ewing, APR, Fellow PRSA; David L. Remund, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

Fine-Tune Your Strategies and Tactics
On-Demand Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

Understanding your target audience’s behavior is a key critical success factor in today’s multi-channel media campaigns. Public relations professionals can incorporate personas and other behavioral marketing concepts into their practice to fine-tune strategies and tactics and improve overall campaign performance.
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Featured Presenter:
Bonnie Harris; On-Demand


On-Demand Webinar

Motivating People to Say Yes
On-Demand Webinar

Category: Communication Strategy

What motivates people to comply with your request or accept your opinion? In this webinar, get a revealing look at research from leading social scientists in the field of persuasion. You’ll explore principles of behavioral psychology that you can use every day, even in email, to move people toward your point of view.
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Featured Presenter:
Ken O’Quinn; On-Demand

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