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Future of PR professionals –Tips for emerging PR professionals

Admin   PUBLIC RELATIONS   22-Feb-2017   0 Comments

A century-old industry paved its way into the Indian landscape in the early 1990s. Thus, began the proliferation of PR agencies and professionals within the country, marked by the opening of the economy to transnational companies and the transforming media scenario.

With more and more businesses becoming competitive and desiring a strong brand image to gain access to new consumers, PR firms today are progressively deploying an army of PR professionals to constantly maintain and regulate communication from businesses to target audience.

Successful PR Pros are strong communicators, critical thinkers, great storytellers and well-rounded individuals. Amidst altering consumer trends, PR professionals are always in the continuous pursuit of honing their skills, adapting with changing market landscape.

While possessing essential communication traits is mandatory, soft skills like relationship building, creativity and emotional intelligence provide an added advantage, helping emerging professionals to gain a competitive edge.

As an aspiring PR professional, there are many different strategies to accomplish your career goals. Consider these tips as a pre-requisite to succeed in this thriving industry:

Become an active listener

Every business is established with the intent to serve its target audience and associated clients. To deliver the best services for them, it is mandatory to understand customers/client’s requirements and vision before going forward with the plan. This can be successfully achieved by active listening.

When you listen to your client, it highlights your interest in them and portrays you as an empathetic professional. This helps in laying the foundation of trust and further contributes to client retention in the long run.

Networking

It’s not always just what you know, it’s also who you know, which can distinguish you from the sea of millions. Networking is probably one of the most crucial resources you have easy access to. This skill can easily be developed during your academic years and can give you a head start by helping you gain entry into the corporate world.

Learn new things

PR professionals are constantly interacting with a diverse group of people and media outlets. Hence, they should stay up-to-date on a wide range of trending topics to generate interesting, relevant and up-to-date ideas. Spend a couple hours a week reading, watching or listening to channels through which you can learn about the latest trends, which are related to your core customers. Being exposed to a variety of different things will also encourage our-of-the-box idea creation, contributing to more effective PR.

Ability to write and tell stories

The ability to engage your audience with a good story-telling approach, through oral and written skills, is one of the main attributes of a successful PR professional. As communication experts, the ability to craft a creative story in order to well-position your clients in the business sphere is crucial.

Thus, being a great writer and storyteller is critical for every PR professional, as it represents their work and creativity, and establishes them as an excellent communicator.

Socially active

In today’s digitally connected world, all PR professionals need to well-versed with the use and applications of social media platforms. Social media is one of the most influential tools today that is driving customer conversations and interactions today. A public relations expert must leverage its influence and reach to formulate creative campaigns, which will effectively help in building brand image. It will also portray you as the professional who is ready to conceptualise on the strategies and does not plan on sticking with a single channel or route.  

 

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