I was surprised when I was contacted recently regarding a nomination to be a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). FCIPR is the highest possible membership grade and to be awarded a Fellowship is therefore, apparently, an exceptional achievement. And today, it was officially announced that I am, indeed, now an FCIPR.
The CIPR helpfully provided a news release template for me to send out to my local or regional press, but as my client base is focused in niche sectors of business-to-business PR, marketing and technology consultancy, I won’t bother sending it out. But the words from Jane Wilson, CEO of CIPR, make pleasant reading:
The CIPR Fellowship is the most august group within the profession. Our Fellows hold invaluable experience of public relations, communications and business practice and are able to provide a unique insight into the profession and the issues facing communicators around the UK. CIPR Fellows help the Institute develop best practice standards and policies, sharing their experience and knowledge through contributing to the Institute’s working groups, panels and consultations. Congratulations to all those who have been awarded a Fellowship.
I may now have to update my business cards (latest batch only a month old! – post) and make a few tweaks to my various online profiles (changing one letter on my Twitter profile was my first acknowledgement). As I tweeted earlier: very chuffed!