In the last three weeks, my head has been spinning like a top zinging from one blog to the next and amplifying the echo about an entire profession being targeted with negative publicity — GASP! We in public relations need to do better public relations.
We’re abuzz with content that continues to present the negatives and showcase the problem areas, and the same or similar comments are being made on everyone’s blogs.
I’d like to alter that and elevate the decibel to attain new heights and a grander image for our profession that’s taken a few hits of late. No sense crying over spilled milk; it’s a call to action, PR, and anyone can participate. Here’s my suggested proposal to define public relations with a modernized definition we can use to educate our stakeholders and future practitioners.
This is an unofficial exercise. I’m not getting paid; in fact, I have no idea how this happened, but there’s no going back now — full speed ahead (because I’m a pirate). I ask only for respect for all ideas and each other.
Here’s the action plan that will unfold on this blog and hopefully elsewhere:
Objective: Define Public Relations with a modern and simple definition
Proposed Ed Cal:
- Day 1 — Set Course: Objectives, invitation to participate
- Day 2 — Who Is PR? The Practitioner Roll (ala a blog roll) of those who’ve lent food for thought already. Consider this the post that recognizes everyone simultaneously.
- Day 3 — Drilling In to the Mash Up: We’ll explore the definitions on the table already to find wording consensus.
- Day 4 — Drilling In Deeper to Consensus: All the definitions should be on the table with comments that will become part of the main blog.
- Day 5 — Climbing Out of the Hole: Will we be able to pick five statements that define what we do?
- Day 6 — The Final Tally? I believe I’ll use Survey Monkey to manage this process (with your help).
- Ongoing, as needed, until we reach agreement
The only thing missing, is you. Consider this my invitation to anyone in public relations to help us define who we are today, the services we offer and to whom. Ask yourself how you define public relations, and then stop back here to share your perspective and be heard.
Thank you in advance; this is a team effort, absolute!