I'm frequently asked all kinds of questions about becoming a PR consultant. Though we cover the full spectrum of being a Solo PR Pro on this blog, it has occurred to me (perhaps belatedly) that it would be beneficial to publish answers to the specific questions I receive here so others can benefit. Even better, those with experience can contribute their expertise in the comments, and everyone can participate in the conversation.
So, moving forward, I'll ask everyone to direct their queries to firstname.lastname@example.org (a link also now appears in the sidebar). Be on the lookout for these Q&A posts in the weeks ahead!
Another way we can share information within our PR consultant community is through a Twitter hashtag. If you're on Twitter and have a tip, or come across a link that would be of interest, please tag it #soloprpro (and note that I'm not trying to be cheesy-promotional! shortened versions can have other meanings, unfortunately). You can also use the #soloprpro hashtag to ask quick questions (those that can be answered in 140 characters), and get responses from the large group of amazing PR consultants that make themselves available on Twitter. To further share this information, a stream of the #soloprpro tweets is now in the sidebar of this blog. Update: the hashtag is now #solopr – that's what the community started using around this topic, so we're going to go with it!
What do you think about these approaches to help us all learn from each other? Any ideas of other ways we should be sharing?
Great ideas. I also want to encourage all solo pros to network in their local communities through their PRSA chapter and also through the Independent Practitioners Alliance at PRSA. While it takes time to get benefit from these networks, all good things in life take investment.
Thanks for being such a willing resource Kellye,
Great point, Mary. I’m going to a PRSA IPA meeting tomorrow, myself. Always a good idea to combine in-person networking with what we learn online. Thanks for your support!
Thanks for starting this. Any interest in starting a live Twitter discussion along the lines of journchat and blogchat?
I am very much looking forward to your future Q&A posts! It is nice to have a resource — more like an online mentor — to help one answer the questions they’ve always wanted to ask but not sure where to turn for help. Thank you, Kellye!
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@Kate- Thanks for expressing interest in having a #soloprpro chat. I’ve noticed recent chats have less participation than usual (which I attribute to the lazy days of summer), so I’ll at look at starting one in the Fall!
@Alexis- I’m so pleased that you would think of me as an “online mentor” — you made my day!
Kellye, I think this is an excellent idea and so completely characteristic of your generous nature. Your mentoring not only helps PR pros but those who work with PR pros. Thanks for all you do!
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