The start of a New Year has made me mindful of just how quickly time seems to pass. Yeah, it’s an ‘old man’ thing, I think. 2014 was pretty successful, professionally. I’m taking a few minutes now to pause and reflect.
My agency, Liquid, was recognised as ‘Consultancy of the Year‘ in June in the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) Midlands DARE Awards. That was followed by winning a Gold and Silver (respectively) in the ‘Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy‘ category in ‘South of England and Channel Islands’ and ‘Midlands’ Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards.
On a personal front, I was installed as a Freeman of the City of London Guild of Public Relations Practitioners and completed my MA in PR at Birmingham City University. Throughout the year, I also enjoyed being a visiting lecturer at BCU, teaching principally on the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Advanced Certificate postgraduate courses. I’m looking forward to continuing teaching: it’s fulfilling.
Inspired by last year’s CIPR president, Stephen Waddington, I served the Institute in 2014 as a national Council member – and was re-elected in September. I was also elected to serve on the CIPR’s Board of Directors and selected as chairman of the Professional Practices Committee.
2015 will start with Liquid moving its Midlands offices into the centre of Birmingham. That should act as a catalyst for further growth and development.
My next learning and development challenges will be to become a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner and to continue upskilling in digital and social media. I’m also wondering whether 2015 will be the year to embark upon a PhD. 80,000 words doesn’t seem too daunting, but the reading, research and analysis underpinning it does. I’m trying to work out whether to undertake doctoral work in the broad media and communications field, or to narrow it be political public relations and campaigning. Any input would be gratefully received. If I embark on this course of study, I want to see it through to the end!
Whatever you seek to accomplish, personally or professionally this year, I wish you every success. Let’s make this year a purposeful one.