Happy New Year! I attended Cincinnati PRSA’s kick-off Coffee Talk on Jan. 10 at Coffee Emporium in OTR. It was a great experience. It felt like a holiday party, with guests arriving every few minutes and *caffeinated* beverages flowing freely.
1. Casual Networking
The coffee talk provided a perfect setting for making new connections and catching up with old friends. If you prefer a laid back environment, this is a great venue for you. We consistently hear about the value of networking during PRSA programs, and this exceeded my expectations.
2. New Connections
Within an hour, I met several new people who shared exciting updates from the world of Cincinnati PR.
Kristine Glenn, a PRSA member for several years, shared insights about her new agency, Fat Cat Communications. Congratulations and good luck, Kristine!
I learned from Ashley Keith about her efforts to establish a social media presence for Hamilton County Planning & Development. We talked about integrating her experience at UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) into strategic communications.
Video Producer Glenn Hartong and I discussed his time at the Enquirer, specifically stories he covered involving Rumpke’s recycling facility and drivers.
3. Energy for the Day … and the Year
I felt energized after the coffee talk and ready to tackle a stack of work projects. It also reminded me of the importance of PRSA. From a major conference like Media Day in October (I recommend it for everyone) to an informal gathering like this one, PRSA offers tremendous benefits of continuing education, professional development and networking. But you have to go to make the most of it.
Mark your calendars for Jan. 18 or Jan. 25, as a Coffee Talk is coming to a coffee shop near you! See details here.
About the author: Jonathan Kissell, APR, is the communications manager for Rumpke Waste & Recycling and Cincinnati PRSA’s Ethics Director. He is also a part-time instructor at Miami University.