Taking hold of the narrative is one way of trying to manage a crisis. However, in an increasingly fragmented media universe, communicators need multiple tools to manage and communicate about crises.
The task of writing internal memos about layoffs or “restructuring” and similar crises that threaten livelihoods usually falls to PR and HR professionals. It’s a painful, difficult task, but it’s part of what they signed up to do.
The New England Patriots could not make ‘Deflategate,’ the still-developing story about the team using deflated footballs during Sunday’s AFC Championship Game go away. Watching how the Patriots handle full-on damage control mode should provide professional communicators with some key crisis communications lessons.