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Rand Paul Shushes CNBC Anchor, Provides Example of How Not to Communicate

During an interview with CNBC’s Kelly Evans, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul shushed Evans and told her to “calm down” while he answered a question. Use this interview as Exhibit A when prepping top executives on what not to do when talking with the media.

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Infographic: 8 TED Talks That Teach Public Speaking

If you’re nervous about public speaking, you’re not alone. A StatisticBrain survey found that 74 percent of adults have anxiety about speaking in public. But help is on the way. Here are some constructive public speaking tips culled from successful TED talks.

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After Facebook, Instagram Tops Social Media Use Among African-Americans and Latinos

The Pew study found that 38 percent of African-American adults and 34 percent of Latino adults on the Internet use Facebook’s photo sharing service, as opposed to only 21 percent of white adult Internet users.

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PR Insider: Squeezing Your 2015 PR Necessities into a Carry-on

The measure of a good traveler is how lightly he or she travels. Forget the excess baggage of 2014. Here is a notable short list for PR pros to keep in mind for 2015.

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3 Content Marketing Tips to Help You Reach Wider Audiences

While still early days, the track record among brands trying to develop content marketing programs has been decidedly dicey.

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Nationwide Defends #MakeSafeHappen Super Bowl Ad About Child Deaths

Nationwide Insurance’s Super Bowl ad featured the ghost of a young boy narrating scenes in a life he didn’t get to live because of an accident, and critics didn’t take kindly to it. Still, if you subscribe to the “no such thing as bad publicity” dictum, the spot was a win for the insurer.

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Adopting the ‘Public Relations as Publisher’ Model

Today’s communicators follow trends that lend themselves to stories about their brand or organization. Getting the media to bite is another matter, however. To increase your chance of landing a story with a reporter or editor is to think like one.

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Feel Me, Touch Me, Read Me: Print Remains Valuable

JCPenney’s decision to revive its print catalog is a stark reminder to PR pros that—despite the digital lurch throughout most business sectors—print remains a viable marketing tool.

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Trust But Verify: Ensuring Strong Partnerships

Having a thorough understanding of an agency’s capabilities, approach, and methodology contributes to how expectations are set from the start. It’s critical to deliver on your promises and be direct if you think something won’t work as planned.

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A New (and More Cohesive) Identity

Lisa Joy Rosner, CMO of Neustar, doesn’t mince words when describing the state of PR at the company when she took charge in May 2014.

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