Chapter membership provides numerous opportunities to grow and develop – both professionally and personally – something I learned first-hand when I joined PRSA Hampton Roads in 2009 with only two years’ experience in public relations. My goal was simple; I wanted to build a professional network and have the opportunity to learn from senior PR practitioners in the local market. Little did I know I would gain so much more through my chapter membership.
I’ve served on numerous committees and the chapter’s Board of Directors, earned my APR and currently serve as chapter president. But after eight years of experience in the public relations field and several PRSA chapter leadership roles, I had my first media interview this August when a business reporter asked to cover our PRSA event. You may be thinking – how does one work in Public Relations for that long and not work with a reporter? It’s fairly easy! My expertise and experience is focused on internal communications.
That is one of the great benefits of chapter membership; members have the opportunity to gain experiences and hone new skills by volunteering to serve on committees outside of their specialty. Although the committees vary by chapter, all offer opportunities to get involved. Here are few examples of new experiences that can be gained by volunteering with a chapter: