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Top Tips to Boost Networking Skills

Network, Network, Network! In the communications industry, it’s essential PR pros mix and mingle with their community, local reporters and bloggers. Frequenting neighborhood networking events, public soirees and charity gatherings are great ways to build social clout while connecting with an array of new, friendly faces. Chatting with others is not only beneficial to building a network in the community, but also helps improve social skills and speaking abilities.

Conversation opens doors otherwise unseen and meeting your neighbors will keep you in-the-know about local happenings. Although there are several ways to stay connected, I’ve chosen my top five, go-to networking tips for PR pros and aspiring socialites.

Network After Work
Unwind after work while meeting professionals in a variety of industries by registering for the next Network After Work event. Meet-ups are held at local venues in more than 60 cities across the nation. From health and fitness professionals to marketing and communications gurus, attendees are anxious to connect with others. These events are a fun way to meet like-minded individuals over a few sips and bites!

The monthly breakfast lecture series has recently seen significant growth and a surge in esteem among creative directors to copywriters. Currently hosted in 131 cities, attendees enjoy complimentary coffee, pastries and a lecture from creative specialists like designers, advertisers and digital marketers, to name a few. After getting a dose of inspiration, guests have the opportunity to connect with each other and build their creative network. Check out my previous blog for a detailed account of my last experience.

The Public Relations Society of America is the ultimate PR program, offering a network of 22,000 public relations and communications professionals. Local chapters host ongoing events and networking opportunities, giving you the chance to connect with industry professionals. For more information about your local chapter, visit

Association for Corporate Growth
Meet with middle-market dealmakers and business leaders in your community by joining your local ACG organization. With 56 chapters and a global presence, members have the benefit of gaining industry insights through a monthly breakfast speaker series.

Sign Up for Local Newsletters
Some of the best networking opportunities come through community newsletters. Did a need-to-know hotspot just open? Then you should attend the grand opening. Is a new sky rise being constructed? Be there for the ribbon cutting. Did a new magazine hit the stands? Make sure to sign up for the launch party. Don’t miss a beat when it comes to what’s going on in your own backyard. You’ll have the opportunity to meet everyone from your city mayor to editors and publishers.

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