Workshops

Building Media Relationships
March 30, 2017 | Atlanta, GA
How to Develop Rapport and Become a Valued Resource
In this complement to Michael Smart’s popular pitching workshop, you’ll learn how to get on the radar screen of reporters and bloggers even when you don’t have a story to pitch. Some past workshop participants have even heard back from top-tier journalists they’ve emailed or tweeted before the end of the workshop. Learn how to identify and choose the media outlets that matter most to you. Use free resources to evaluate the influence of various blogs and online-only media.

Pitching Boot Camp
March 31, 2017 | Atlanta, GA
Winning Over Journalists and Bloggers in the New Media Landscape
Media pitching coach Michael Smart’s most popular workshop offers hundreds of intensely practical tips that will instantly boost your media and blog coverage. Those trained by Smart have scored coverage on the front page of The New York Times, in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and on CNN and NBC’sToday.”

Crisis Social Media When “It” Hits the Fan
March 31, 2017 | New York, NY
Real-Time Solutions for Effective Response
Crisis communications is becoming more complicated and difficult. Communications channels are expanding and audiences are more diverse. Where crisis communications was once perceived as talking to the media after an event happened, today’s crisis audiences have expanded to include employees, customers, stakeholders and social media users. At the same time, channels have expanded from traditional news conferences to include e-mail blasts, Web posts, social media notification and more. Today’s PR professionals must invest more time than ever in the planning stage in order to deliver proper communications after the event goes public.

APR Boot Camp
April 5–8, 2017 | Richmond, VA
The APR Boot Camp is a three-day intensive course for candidates to prepare for and be Advanced through the Readiness Review™, and take the computer-based Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) or Accreditation in Public Relations + Military Communication (APR+M). This course is designed to provide a setting that will meet the needs of busy professionals whose schedules don’t permit extensive preparation time.

PR Boot Camp
April 10–11, 2017 | Chicago, IL
Key Concepts and Techniques of Effective Public Relations
Take a deep dive into the key aspects of the public relations profession. Whether you are a journalist, new graduate, transitioning from another field, new in your position or wanting to learn more about public relations, this overview with Robin Schell, APR, Fellow PRSA, will provide you with the knowledge you need. 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 presently facing the public relations profession and participate in hands-on teamwork as you create your own public relations plan based on a case study.

Public Relations Strategic Planning
May 2, 2017 | New York, NY
A Comprehensive, Behavioral and Measurable Strategic Planning Approach
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.

Bring your current organization and department goals. We will identify priority audiences, opinion leaders, behavioral goals, latent readiness and research needs before doing an environmental scan. After learning about relevant strategies and theories for achieving behavioral goals critical for effective outcomes, we will identify and outline activities and a timeline. Finally, we will determine how to evaluate the plan to prove its worth.

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