PR & Communications Power Hour

You'll be amazed how much progress you can make in just an hour with expert guidance!

"An hour doesn't feel like very long, and yet I got so much value from spending one hour with Mel, as we discussed Ducky Zebra's launch plan and PR possibilities. Mel came to the session really well prepared, which meant we were able to jump straight into the detail. She was fully armed with ideas, advice and recommendations. But also asked great questions, which helped to steer the conversation.

What I really liked was that it felt concise (no waffle), actionable and supportive. I came away from the session with a clear idea of what I needed to do next, and I felt confident that I could do it. Thanks so much Mel!"


Sally Dear

Founder

Ducky Zebra

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Ever wish you could turn to a communications professional for some advice and guidance without having to be locked into contracts? Now you can…

Stuck in a rut with your comms and need some advice? These 121 sessions can help if you:

  • Are new to communications and have questions about best practice
  • Don't know where to start when it comes to getting press coverage
  • Are in need of a communications expert to act as a sounding board
  • Want help brainstorming your communications campaign or strategy
  • Need tips on how to make your story more media-worthy
  • Would benefit from guidance on who to target with your story / campaign
  • Would value the chance to pick the brains of a communications expert
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Whatever you need, just an hour's consultancy can make a huge difference.

Book a 60-minute PR Power Hour for expert guidance dedicated to the issue you're facing. This is an affordable, effective way to overcome your roadblocks so you can move forward with a hard-hitting comms campaign. No further commitment required.

Don't need the full Power Hour?

My Ask Me Anything sessions are great for those new to PR. Unlike the Power Hour strategy sessions, there's no prep, no pre-session homework and you won't get in-depth notes after the session. We'll dive straight into a 45-minute Q&A to help to get you on the right track.

No further commitment required.

How does a PR Power Hour work?

Book your slot

Use my Calendly link to book and pay for your Power Hour. Payment is taken in full in advance.

Receive email confirmation

You will then receive email confirmation of your booking and, if you're taking part in the Power Hour, a pre-session questionnaire to fill out.

Fill out the pre-session questionnaire (Power Hour only)

Next, fill out the pre-session questionnaire. It's very simple and won't take long to fill out but helps me plan our session so we can make the most of our time together. This is also where you can let me know of any ways I can make the session more accessible for you (e.g. choosing whether you'd like cameras on or off). Please don't skip this step!

Optional: complete any homework ahead of our chat (Power Hour only)

I can also suggest some homework for you before our call – you will be able to opt in when you fill in the pre-session questionnaire. This 'homework' is totally optional but can help you get even more value from the consultancy session.

Let's Meet

Once you've done your prep, it's time for our Power Hour. The 60-minute session will take place over Google Meet (camera on or off depending on your preference). Thanks to the info provided in your pre-session questionnaire, I'll already be fully briefed on your objectives for the call so we can dive straight in.

Follow up (Power Hour only)

After the call, I will email you a Word document with a concise overview of the key takeouts from our session and any next steps for you to move forward with. If there's anything you're not sure about or would like to clarify, you're welcome to drop me an email after our session. And while many people find we can come up with a solution to their challenge during our hour-long chat, repeat customers are more than welcome too. If you'd like another Power Hour, just go back to the 'book a slot' step and we can work through your next issue together.

Testimonials, referrals and case studies

This step is totally optional but if you found our PR Power Hour useful, I'd be so grateful if you're happy to provide a testimonial or recommend my services to other business owners who might benefit. I also offer the opportunity for Power Hour clients to be featured in a blog post giving a sneak peek into their session – if you choose to be showcased in this way, you'll have approval of the copy before anything goes live.

Testimonials

FAQs

I've never done PR before – can I still book a PR Power Hour?

Yes. I believe that anyone can learn to do brilliant PR and, during our session, we'll discuss how you can get stellar results in a way that works for your business. It doesn't matter if you've never done PR before or you have extensive comms experience, my PR Power Hour is tailored specifically to your needs.

Will I need to do anything before the session?

Yes. When you book your PR Power Hour, you'll receive a link with a pre-session questionnaire. It's very simple and won't take long to fill out but will give me all the information I need to plan our session. Please don't skip this step as it will help us maximise the time we have together. I can also suggest some homework for you before our call – this is optional but, again, putting in that additional bit of prep will help you get more from the consultancy.

Can you guarantee you'll solve my problem?

I'll do my best but there's no guarantee of a complete solution during your one-hour session (particularly if you have a large, complex issue or need more in-depth support). You're welcome to book more than one Power Hour or organise regular sessions to support you through an ongoing campaign.

I don't want to use any of your other services. Is it still OK for me to book a Power Hour?

Of course. My PR Power Hour is a standalone services and there's no obligation to book another session or any of my other services if you don't want to. That said, I'm delighted to welcome back repeat clients too!

Do you charge VAT?

No. I do not currently charge VAT on my services.

Will you implement the PR tactics we discussed in our Power Hour?

No. During our Power Hour, we'll discuss your PR and communications goals and come up with a plan to help you achieve them. However, the implementation itself will be up to you and your team if you have one. During our call, we'll focus on making any actions manageable for you and you'll receive notes afterwards for you to refer back to.

Ready to chat?

Hello! So great to hear you're interested in talking about how I can help you with your PR strategy or messaging project.

Depending what works best for you, you're welcome to book a call or send me an email.

I usually have a waiting time of at least six weeks for new clients so please give as much notice as possible.

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Please be aware, I do not work with the fossil fuel industry or PR agencies that retain fossil fuel clients.

If that's you, please look for support elsewhere. Thank you.