It’s September and the end of the year will soon be upon us! How are you prepping your clients for the fourth quarter?
Consider the ways your expertise can help your clients accomplish their remaining goals for 2021.
As a trusted advisor, you should be aware of upcoming action items key departments are working to deliver or any big decisions being weighed. Consider the communications implications and opportunities and ask yourself: What support or counsel can I offer to help them reach their goals?
If you aren’t already meeting with a cross-section of staff on a regular basis, set aside time now to discuss year-end goals. One PR superpower clients consistently value is our ability to help them connect the dots internally and externally. Ask questions to understand the purpose and feasibility of the goals, then research and consider them within a larger context so you can offer wise counsel. And remember to speak with employees actually implementing the work because they validate that the “main thing is truly the main thing.” ?
When you have a clear understanding of what’s driving activity and why, you’re more equipped to ensure alignment with all communications efforts, stay the course with your plan, and/or pivot as needed.
Have these conversations and ideas before October 1 so you’re not scrambling to ensure your clients finish the year strong. By anticipating needs in this way, you amplify your impact and demonstrate real value.
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