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Aug. 31 Wed.

Independent Practitioners Alliance
Aug. 31, 2016 | Interactive Discussion

Category: Techniques & Tactics

The Egyptians have a proverb, “The barking of a dog does not disturb the man on a camel." Similarly, a driver never stops for barking dogs, except to avoid hitting them. Unfortunately, the people that bark at our desire to initiate, create and innovate can often be debilitating. Learn how to keep the barking dogs from derailing our projects, our clients and our success.
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Featured Presenter:
Jeffrey C. Piersall;


Sept. 8 Thu.

Develop Allies and Form Coalitions
Sept. 8, 2016 | Webinar, On-Demand Available Sept. 15

Category: Crisis & Reputation

As the ethics counselor of organizations, public relations practitioners seek to work with senior executives from a variety of departments to develop allies and form coalitions when their own power is limited. Hear how to recruit allies and form coalitions as a means to influence more senior executives.
Nance Larsen, APR, Fellow PRSA; Bryan H. Reber, Ph.D.; Debra L. Bethard-Caplick, MBA, APR; Emmanuel Tchividjian; Live Online


Sept. 13 Tue.

Tactics for Effective News Media and Social Media Relations During a Crisis
Sept. 13, 2016 | Course | San Francisco, Calif.

Categories: Crisis & Reputation, Media Relations

When a crisis hits, how will you cope with the media spotlight? This workshop will help you choose the right tactics to effectively communicate with employees, customers, public officials and other key stakeholders during an issue or crisis.
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Featured Presenter:
Joan Gladstone, APR, Fellow PRSA; In-Person


Sept. 14-17 Wed.–Sat.

Sept. 14–17, 2016 | Course | East Lansing, Mich.

Category: Accreditation Preparation & Maintenance

This course is designed to provide a setting for busy professionals to focus on final preparations. We strongly recommend that candidates complete previous preparations through their local chapter, on their own or by taking the APR Online Course. (This is not a seminar for those beginning their APR journey.)
Anne L. Readett, APR; Jason S. Kirsch, APR; In-Person


Sept. 15-16 Thu.–Fri.

Planning Campaigns Across Multiple Platforms to Achieve Synergy and Success
Sept. 15–16, 2016 | Course | New York, N.Y.

Categories: Communication Strategy, Executive Level

Today’s communicator must be able to identify potential areas of integration, coordinate cross-channel strategies and adjust tactics frequently throughout the course of the project. In order to do this, you need a strong understanding of behavior, a mastery of integration techniques and the ability to incorporate them into your daily communications practice.
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Featured Presenter:
Bonnie Harris; In-Person


Sept. 19-20 Mon.–Tue.

Key Concepts and Techniques of Effective Public Relations
Sept. 19–20, 2016 | Course | New York, N.Y.

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


Sept. 20 Tue.

Writing and Speaking With Words That Resonate
Sept. 20, 2016 | Course | Washington, D.C.

Categories: Crisis & Reputation, Writing

Many media interviews and spokespeople are ineffective due to one reason — their key messages fail to resonate with audiences. Come ready to write and speak as you are introduced to new methods of writing and delivering key messages.
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Featured Presenter:
Gerard Braud; In-Person


Sept. 20 Tue.

Travel & Tourism Section
Align the Right Message
Sept. 20, 2016 | Webinar, On-Demand Available Sept. 27

Category: Crisis & Reputation

Senior communicators from the hospitality industry will share real-world case studies that will demonstrate how to create focused, carefully managed, and powerful responses during difficult situations and crises.
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Featured Presenter:
Heather Kirskey; Ashley Svarney; Charlene Chan; Live Online


Sept. 22 Thu.

How to Develop Rapport and Become a Valued Resource
Sept. 22, 2016 | Course | New York, N.Y.

Category: Media Relations

A strong media relationship can lead to your becoming the go-to person in your industry or area of expertise. Learn how to identify and choose the media outlets that matter most to you.
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Featured Presenter:
Michael Smart; In-Person


Sept. 22 Thu.

Corporate Communications Section
Effective Strategies for Success: An AARP Case Study
Sept. 22, 2016 | Interactive Discussion

Category: Techniques & Tactics

Hillary John, AARP Director of Board Relations and Communications for AARP, will share how AARP developed and manages its online newsroom for one of the nation’s largest organizations for people 50 and over.
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Featured Presenter:
Hillary A. John;


Sept. 22 Thu.

Master the Feature-Style Story Structure
Sept. 22, 2016 | Webinar, On-Demand Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 14

Category: Techniques & Tactics

Our old friend the inverted pyramid hasn’t fared well in recent research. In this session, you’ll learn a structure that can increase readership, understanding and satisfaction with your message.
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Featured Presenter:
Ann Wylie; Live Online


Sept. 23 Fri.

Winning Over Journalists and Bloggers in the New Media Landscape
Sept. 23, 2016 | Course | New York, N.Y.

Category: Media Relations

Learn intensely practical tips that will instantly boost your media and blog coverage including eight “story boosters” that turn ordinary news into stories journalists crave and four proven formulas for winning email pitch subject lines.
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Featured Presenter:
Michael Smart; In-Person


Sept. 26-27 Mon.–Tue.

Sept. 26–27, 2016 | Conference | San Francisco, Calif.
Join your colleagues in higher education communications for a new Counselors to Higher Education (CHE) event, taking place on the West Coast this September!
In-Person


Sept. 27 Tue.

The Snapchat Tips, Tricks & Hacks That PR Pros Need to Know
Sept. 27, 2016 | Webinar, On-Demand Available Oct. 4

Category: Social Media

During this hands-on session, Cathy Hackl, a nationally recognized, live video expert/consultant, and Lisa Buyer, published author of “Social PR Secrets,” will demystify one of the hottest social media platforms available to storytellers and brands today.
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Featured Presenter:
Cathy Hackl; Lisa Buyer; Live Online


Sept. 28-29 Wed.–Thu.

Presented by PRSA and Wylie Communications
Sept. 28–29, 2016 | Course | New York, N.Y.

Categories: Social Media, Writing

In this Web-writing workshop, overcome the online clutter and get the word out on the Web, in social media and via content marketing.
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Featured Presenter:
Ann Wylie; In-Person


Sept. 29 Thu.

Educators Academy
Incorporating today’s world into our lessons and identifying opportunities for collaboration
Sept. 29, 2016 | Section Webinar, On-Demand Available Oct. 6

Category: Techniques & Tactics

Learn the dynamics of using great initiatives and current community resources and merging those with your courses and students. Our speakers will give great examples of their own success in the community and building a bridge to the classroom.
Featured Presenter:
Lois Boynton; Karen Freberg, Ph.D.; Gemma R. Puglisi; Live Online


Sept. 29 Thu.

You Don’t Have to Be Big to Be Ready
Sept. 29, 2016 | Webinar, On-Demand Available Oct. 6

Category: Crisis & Reputation

We’ve opened up two-way communications on every front, and any friction can spark a crisis. It’s become a complex area. Hear stories with actionable advice that enables clients to be prepared, react appropriately and move their organization beyond the crisis.
Featured Presenter:
John Martin McDonald; Live Online


Sept. 30 Fri.

Develop Communications that Resonate Across Platforms, Influencers and Customers
Sept. 30, 2016 | Course | New York, N.Y.

Category: Communication Strategy

Build Your Content. Build Your Distribution. Build Your Influence.
Steve Radick; Caitlin Jamali; John P. Foley, Jr.; In-Person


Oct. 11 Tue.

Association/Nonprofit Section
The Opportunity and Benefits of Going Viral
Oct. 11, 2016 | Webinar, On-Demand Available Oct. 18

Category: Communication Strategy

Organizations of any type, and in particular associations and nonprofits, must begin to shift towards an updated digital media strategy. To be more effective, digital messaging must begin to pivot; it should come from the perspective of the donor, advocate, member, or customer. Whether you're looking for new donor sources, desire to be more relevant to your membership, or compete in an overcrowded customer landscape, this webinar will give you plenty to consider as you begin to plan for the Fall and your 2017 calendar.
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Featured Presenter:
Peter Winters; Live Online


Oct. 13 Thu.

Financial Communications Section
Invest in Knowledge to Grow Opportunity
Oct. 13, 2016 | Section Webinar, On-Demand Available Oct. 20

Category: Leadership & Management

Join this session with practitioners representing academia, investor relations, nonprofit and government for an informative discussion on financial literacy. You’ll become better positioned to serve as a trusted adviser in the C-suite or at the board table.
Alexander V. Laskin; Matt Ragas, Ph.D.; Stacy Schubert; Live Online


Oct. 20 Thu.

Reach Nonreaders and Draw Readers in with Display Copy
Oct. 20, 2016 | Webinar, On-Demand Available Oct. 27 through Nov. 11

Category: Techniques & Tactics

Learn how to use your display copy — headlines, decks and subheads — to pull readers into your copy, make your piece more inviting, and even communicate to flippers and skimmers.
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Featured Presenter:
Ann Wylie; Live Online


Oct. 21-25 Fri.–Tue.

Oct. 21–25, 2016 | Conference | Indianapolis, Ind.
In-Person


Oct. 22 Sat.

Educators Academy
Oct. 22, 2016 | Course | Indianapolis, Ind.

Category: Emerging Trends

What are the latest research and trends in public relations? Learn about what’s “hot” in public relations learning and in the field from both academics and professionals, through panel discussions, research paper presentations and a pedagogical poster session.
In-Person


Oct. 23-25 Sun.–Tue.

Oct. 23–25, 2016 | Conference | Indianapolis, Ind.
International Conference offers practical insight and networking for public relations professionals of all career levels, sectors, work environments and industries. Demonstrating value with actionable best practices is what drives the PRSA community and is the focus of this annual event.
In-Person


Oct. 26 Wed.

Independent Practitioners Alliance
Oct. 26, 2016 | Interactive Discussion

Category: Techniques & Tactics

When we hear the title “recruiter” or “headhunter” most of us, as independent practitioners, tend to think it refers to someone looking for full-time employees, not someone would could be a tremendous resource for helping us land projects and fill our client pipeline. Headhunters also have their finger on the pulse of today’s marketplace and can provide tremendous insight into the types of fees being paid and what you should be charging for comparable services.
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Featured Presenter:
Dennis Spring;


Nov. 2-3 Wed.–Thu.

Presented by PRSA and Wylie Communications
Nov. 2–3, 2016 | Course | Houston, Texas

Category: Writing

In this persuasive writing workshop, find scientific, proven-in-the-lab approaches for getting people to pay attention to, understand, remember and act on your messages.
Photo of Ann Wylie
Featured Presenter:
Ann Wylie; In-Person


Nov. 3 Thu.

Nov. 3, 2016 | Webinar, On-Demand Available Nov. 10

Categories: Communication Strategy, Emerging Trends, Techniques & Tactics

Are you listening to your competitors and to audience perceptions? If not, you’re missing out on valuable brand-shaping conversations and potential business. Learn how to tell the big story by presenting big data and analytics in new and visually appealing formats.
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Featured Presenter:
Stacey Miller
Stacey Miller; Live Online


Nov. 10 Thu.

Become a Trusted, Strategic Advisor
Nov. 10, 2016 | Course | New York, N.Y.

Categories: Communication Strategy, Leadership & Management

Learn how to develop behaviors and attitudes that attract management’s attention and get you invited into the decision-making process earlier. Find out about getting the boss to listen and incorporate communications advice into the planning, execution, follow-up, and evaluation of major business activities and decision-making.
James E. Lukaszewski, ABC, IABC Fellow; APR, Fellow PRSA, BEPS Emeritus; In-Person


Nov. 17 Thu.

Best Practices for Using Visual Storytelling Tactics in Your News Releases
Nov. 17, 2016 | Course | Chicago, Ill.

Categories: Branding, Media Relations, Techniques & Tactics

Visual storytelling done well increases engagement, explains and summarizes complex information, speeds up comprehension, tugs the heartstrings and motivates action. This is why visuals are now at the heart of brand identity and content creation to a greater degree than ever before. This seminar will discuss tactics for creating and sharing highly branded, engaging and transferable media-facing assets.
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Featured Presenter:
Malayna Evans, Ph.D.; In-Person


Nov. 17 Thu.

Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins
Nov. 17, 2016 | Webinar, On-Demand Available Nov. 24 through Dec. 9

Category: Techniques & Tactics

Stories can help you get attention, boost credibility, make your messages more memorable — even communicate better. In this session, you’ll learn to engage readers’ hearts and minds through storytelling.
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Featured Presenter:
Ann Wylie; Live Online


Nov. 18 Fri.

Working Smarter in the Ever-Changing Communications Landscape
Nov. 18, 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


Dec. 2 Fri.

Use Live Video to Build Your Brand, Connect with Audiences, and Create Visually Engaging Stories
Dec. 2, 2016 | Course | New York, N.Y.

Categories: Emerging Trends, Social Media, Techniques & Tactics

Live video has taken the social media world by storm. Whether you are a B2B or B2C brand, an agency, or a public service or nonprofit organization, live streaming/live video should become a key part of your social communications strategy. During this seminar, you will learn the latest about storytelling over live video platforms, as well as why you should embrace this new social media trend.
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Featured Presenter:
Cathy Hackl; In-Person


Dec. 8 Thu.

Rivet Readers with Juicy Details
Dec. 8, 2016 | Webinar, On-Demand Available Dec. 15 through Jan. 10

Category: Techniques & Tactics

Concrete details are more like salad dressing and aioli — the secret sauces it takes to get the nutritious stuff down. Readers are more likely to understand and remember vivid details than dry abstractions.
Photo of Ann Wylie
Featured Presenter:
Ann Wylie; Live Online


Dec. 9 Fri.

Real-Time Solutions for Effective Response
Dec. 9, 2016 | Course | New York, N.Y.

Categories: Crisis & Reputation, Social Media, Techniques & Tactics

Crisis communications is becoming more complicated and difficult. 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.
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Featured Presenter:
Gerard Braud; In-Person

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