How PR pros can find niche groups for support and networking

Your workday is fraught with stress and challenges, but help and empathy can be found in online communities. Check out these options for sage advice—and a shoulder to kvetch on.

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Whichever area you specialize in—investor relations, community relations, media relations, executive communications—the days are long and can require putting out a fire or two.

All this can get stressful. Being part of a community can help pros cope, but where exactly should you turn to ask questions, learn something new or get a little support?

Sometimes, communities originate on Twitter. Ragan Communications hosts its weekly #RaganChat, and many participants ask each other questions or bounce ideas around. There’s a related Facebook group, as well as a LinkedIn group for PR Daily.

SpinSucks provides a free Slack channel for community members to congregate. On the welcome page, it says it’s for those in “modern PR” to share ideas and learn from like-minded pros.

For those going it on their own, SoloPR is a thriving community. It hosts bi-weekly Twitter chats and offers a LinkedIn group with more than 5,700 members. The community also offers options for paid members such as professional development, support for managing proposals and clients, and a directory where you can list yourself and find new opportunities.

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