Being successful in my own right – The PR Hub Podcast

I was recently invited on to The PR Hub podcast, hosted by Adam Tuckwell and Jon Wilcox. PR Hub is a PR & marcoms podcast which spotlights special guests discussing the world of communications and the role it has to play across business and society as a whole.

In this episode I shared my business journey and how I became a “PR entrepreneur” – starting my PR consultancy with no agency experience and being successful in my own right. Although I always wanted to start a business as a child, PR was never really on the agenda for me when I first graduated from university, I actually wanted to be in Investment banking or advertising but had  never managed to enter those industries and had no idea how to break into those industries without following formal channels. Interestingly enough it took a while before I streamlined my business into a dedicated PR and Comms consultancy.  As a proud advocate for mentoring it was good to cover the importance of mentoring and I also addressed other ways to cultivate talent within the PR industry including sponsorship.  While I believe that mentoring works it is not enough when it comes to developing new talent unless institutional changes are made and environments of real inclusion are fostered.  We also talked about the ways in which the industry is falling short when it comes to diversity and inclusion and the very real issue of racism in PR. There are some great initiatives that exist in the industry to address ethnic diversity including; Ignite, Black women in PR, The UK Black Comms Network, BME PR Pros and The Blueprint but more needs to be done to address inequalities in the industry. It was refreshing to have such a frank and open conversation on this podcast – hopefully our discussion will motivate listeners and encourage those in the industry to actively seek change.

The PR Hub Podcast

A Conversation on The Let’s Chat Comms Podcast

I really enjoyed this conversation with Phillipa Chikwedze on her Let’s Chat Comms podcast series. Aside from getting the chance to discuss my business journey we talked about all things PR, Communications, Crisis and social media. What I particularly enjoyed about recording this interview was the authentic energy between Phillipa and I. Whilst we have had different journeys within public relations we have had some similar experiences and perspectives particularly as Black women in the industry so it was really good to be able to have an open and honest conversation on this dynamic new platform. I am really passionate about encouraging more Black women to be visible in the industry and whilst this isn’t a conversation specifically about our experience as Black women it indicates how much we bring to the proverbial table and how much we can offer each other and the wider industry.

Let’s Chat Comms is a communications focused podcast platform on which Phillipa interviews individuals in public relations, working in a variety of sectors for an insight into their roles and their career journeys. I hope this podcast series makes an impact across the industry and gives listeners an insight into the PR industry in a relevant and relatable way.