Stories by Diane Schwartz

J.K. Rowling: Publicity Wizard or Mere Muggle?

July 15th, 2013 by

Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or not, you know who J.K. Rowling is. I bet you never heard of Robert Galbraith or “The Cuckoo’s Calling” until it was revealed on Monday that Robert is Rowling and that “Cuckoo” is about…. Forget what the book is about – the news here is that Rowling penned […]

J.K. Rowling: Publicity Wizard or Mere Muggle?

July 15th, 2013 by

Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or not, you know who J.K. Rowling is. I bet you never heard of Robert Galbraith or “The Cuckoo’s Calling” until it was revealed on Monday that Robert is Rowling and that “Cuckoo” is about…. Forget…

Paula Deen, J.Lo, Next Crisis: What is PR’s Role in a Hot Mess?

July 1st, 2013 by

There are countless communications takeaways from the recent celebrity gaffes. Whether it’s Paula Deen dealing with allegations of being a racist and then dropped like a buttered sweet potato by every brand partner, or Jennifer Lopez singing “H…

How to Avoid the Stink in Your Storytelling

June 20th, 2013 by

My son Max tells very long stories that veer in curious directions. By the time he’s nearing the point, he forgets the ending. It’s rather cute and endearing – he is, after all, only 12 years old. He will sometimes exclaim frustrating…

PR Takeaways to Die For from ‘Game of Thrones’

June 4th, 2013 by

The beloved Starks could really benefit from communications counsel.

What Should Adam Levine Do? The Voice of Reason…

May 30th, 2013 by

By now you’ve heard the news that Adam Levine hates his country. No, he loves his country. Wait a minute: what does he really feel and why do we care?  If “The Voice” coach and Maroon Five singer truly hated America, the worst that could…

To Write Well is to Advance in Your Career: 7 Tips for Aspiring Writers

May 17th, 2013 by

Has writing become a lost art, a nice-to-have skill but not a necessary one? I sure hope not. For those of us who cherish the written word and are prone to find typos on cereal boxes or wine bottles, we appreciate a well-constructed sentence that conci…

Your Company is Not Innovative! How to Be a Better, More Believable Writer

May 14th, 2013 by

The techniques you need to hone your writing skills so that the media or your customers take notice.

7 Key Communications Takeaways from Iron Man 3

May 6th, 2013 by

Like many CEOs, Iron Man alter-ego Tony Stark could use some media training.

7 Key Communications Takeaways from ‘Iron Man 3’

May 6th, 2013 by

In ‘Iron Man 3,’ there’s a scene featuring a reporter shoving his iphone in Tony Stark’s face asking him to make a public statement to his enemies.  Stark stares into the iphone, makes his superhero threat, then throws the reporter’s…