It’s going to happen at some point...an existing client comes to you with a request that is outside of your expertise. They’re a good client, so you want to help them as best as you can, but you know you can’t do it on your own.
If you’ve already developed a professional PR network, you’ll be able to refer your client to the best person for the job, making you look better and more resourceful.
Or, you’re completely overwhelmed by a client situation, and need advice from someone who gets it. If you have a solid network, you have a trusted group of individuals to chat with.
How to build a professional PR network
So you know you need a professional PR network, but how can you build one? Try these six simple strategies.
1. Attend networking events and conferences
Just like networking events can be a great place to meet potential new clients, they also offer you a pool of eager PR pros to add to your contacts list.
Seek out relevant industry events and conferences in your city (or beyond!) for professional development and networking.
2. Check LinkedIn
Chances are you already have a slew of former colleagues and peers at the ready in your LinkedIn network.
Check up on old friends or use the platform’s professional services marketplace, ProFinder, to hunt for talent.
3. Take to Twitter
Have you noticed anyone liking and replying to your professionally-geared tweets lately?
Are there PR pros you follow on the platform because they share a mix of great thought leadership content and #clientlove posts?
Your favorite place to catch up on industry trends and news may also be a great spot to build your professional PR network.
4. Join a professional association or group
Professional associations like PRSA are a fantastic place to meet PR pros both nationally, and in your own backyard.
The agency or company you work at currently is another excellent (and often under-utilized) place to build your professional PR network. Consider inviting a colleague you don’t know very well yet for coffee or gather a small group for lunch to get to know one another better.
Your future success is only as strong as your network -- be sure to take time each week to meet new people and further your PR career.
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