received your membership renewal packet in the mail. We encourage you to renew and continue the commitment to your career in the public relations industry. We are celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Association this upcoming year and there are many exciting networking events and professional development opportunities planned.
There are two easy ways to renew:
1.Renew online at fpra.org
2. Complete the membership renewal form. Mail form and payment to:
FPRA State Office
40 Sarasota Center Blvd., STE. #107
Sarasota, FL 34240
Planning Ahead for Pre-Pays
Mid-Florida Local Image Awards and Communicator of the Year
I can hardly believe October is here and one full month of my chapter presidency has already passed. I am proud to display the chapter theme logo produced by JJ Fields. Jacob created a great image with little (okay, no) guidance from me.
This month has seen me take more BOLD PR steps in my career. For example, I called a local CEO and asked for an appointment. Normally, I would go through the proper communication channels, but that practice has NOT gotten the results I wanted from this client, so I decided to take a different approach.
You see, when I found myself unexpectedly looking for employment several months ago, I had the opportunity to negotiate an offer with my current employer. I had never counter-offered before. As part of the negotiation process, I made it clear that FPRA was a priority for me. I asked my employer to cover the expenses of my membership and Annual Conference Registration. That is nearly $1,000! I feel strongly enough about the value of my membership I included that in a written counter offer. I felt very BOLD when I did that. But you know what? It established with my bosses the value of FPRA.
Because I set the stage for FPRA’s importance early on, I proudly sent my bosses an invitation to attend the October professional development luncheon as my guests in honor of Bosses Day this month. I hope you have invited your supervisor (and maybe even the Executive Director, CEO, Board chair, etc.).
Exposing your boss to an FPRA professional development session will drive home the importance of their investment as you submit your membership renewal this month. Please process the renewal ASAP. Your immediate attention to this task will help your chapter meet its financial goals, which allows us to continue offering great member benefits at the local level.
I know there is MUCH BOLD PR activity amongst our chapter members. As you go about practicing BOLD PR, please share your stories on our Facebook page.
Lisa E. Varner, APR, CPRC
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Special Offer by Marketing Mud
October 20 Professional Development Luncheon
Speaker: Javier Correoso, Public Affairs Manager, Uber Technologies-Florida
September Meeting Highlights
The September Luncheon contained a full house of PR professionals interested in learning about the challenges and opportunities associated with emergency communications and how our fellow local communicators responded during Hurricane Irma.
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