Comms School: Build your community, create content, get ahead

I’m really excited to announce the new project that Stephen Waddington and I started. Comms School — a community created to learn how to build communities, create content and get ahead in your career. We hope you’ll join us.

Stephen and I currently work together at Metia, where he’s MD of our London office. But we first connected in the summer of 2016. We grabbed lunch in London’s Bankside and I asked what should I be doing in order to have a successful career. There was no hesitation in his answer — he told me I should start blogging.

A few months later I launched my blog MK and within a year I was named one of top 10 PR bloggers in the UK. Stephen and I kept in touch, met for a few breakfasts, exchanged a few messages. He also helped me explore personal branding for the purpose of my undergraduate dissertation.

A year after we first met, we found ourselves at a glitzy event. Blog awards — the industry’s Oscars. We were both nominated for the top award for a PR blog. And yes, I might’ve won that one. It was an early highlight of my still short career.

Because of Stephen’s mentorship, I managed to meet a lot of exceptional people in the industry, I landed my first job after graduating and I got much further than I would have if I hadn’t eaten that chicken salad with him in summer 2016.

Practical skills are not always taught at university. Hence Comms School. Stephen and I will be running a series of webinars on our Facebook group and exploring blogging and building networks for students, and anyone else who might find it useful.

🔴 List of webinars

  1. Blogging 101: How to start a blog, how to find your niche, what platform to use;
  2. Blogging 102: Finding inspiration, how to make writing a habit, distribution and finding your community;
  3. Social presence and personal branding online: Tips on how to make a standout social profiles that will help landing a top role;
  4. Finding your community: Tapping into your niche, creating lists, joining conversations, and exploring the benefits of community;
  5. Content creation: Finding your “thing”, why creating content and getting “out there” matters, where to begin and how to keep getting inspired;
  6. Finding job and getting ahead: Summary of top lessons from the series, how to find the right role and how to succeed in it.

Make sure to follow @wadds and @marcelkl on Twitter for the updates. Lessons will start in early March. You will be set with homework. Do let us know if you’ve any feedback or suggestions.

Please join our Facebook community here: facebook.com/groups/CommsSchool

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