Stories by Tony Silber

The NFL, the Ravens, and Ray Rice: Does it Really All Come Down to a Video?

September 8th, 2014 by

Today, the Baltimore Ravens cut Ray Rice, the running back who was involved in an ugly altercation in February with his then fiancé, and now wife, Janay Palmer. The NFL followed the Ravens’ action by suspending Rice indefinitely. What a difference a video makes. The contract cancellation and the suspension come just a month and… Continued

Ferguson, Missouri: When You’ve Lost Control of the Story, and the Situation Itself

August 14th, 2014 by

I’ve been riveted by the fast-moving situation in Ferguson, Missouri. It seems like an event from the sixties, a dark reflection of an ugly period long past, when cities burned and communities writhed in confrontations with law enforcement. I paid oblique attention for the first few days, but was shocked this morning (Thursday, August 14)… Continued

6 Things to Learn From “Band of Brothers” and a Week at the Beach

August 11th, 2014 by

I have a stack of business books that I’ve either started reading or plan to start reading soon. I’m looking forward to getting into them, and I took three of them with me for a vacation last week on the beach in North Carolina. As it turns out, I didn’t read any of my business… Continued

6 Business-Meeting Do’s, and 6 Absolute Don’ts

June 30th, 2014 by

So you have a major meeting this week. Let’s say it’s a really important client meeting. You just landed a big account, and now you’re working out the details of who’s going to manage what. Or maybe the corporate communications department is tasked with implementing a social media and earned media campaign for a new… Continued

Business Conversations That Make Me Lose Sleep

May 30th, 2014 by

Which workplace exchanges do you find to be most difficult? For most people, they’re centered on two things: Personnel and performance. Both of these things straddle the worlds of internal communications and HR, and both are also general managerial challenges. I recently read an interesting column in Business Insider about the toughest conversations you can… Continued

Beyoncé, The Time 100, and Leveraging the PR Value of the List

April 28th, 2014 by

When the Time 100 was released last week, our editorial team discussed how we might cover it. The context was its relation to PR, and how communicators could leverage the value of making the list. This list is a PR person’s dream. It’s eclectic and interesting, and it covers a wide variety of human endeavor.… Continued

Above the Fold, or Just Out of Date?

April 10th, 2014 by

I was editing a report the other day about a PR person who got into a spat with a news organization. And the report used the phrase, “Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.” Some of you might know that one. Many of you may not have heard it. But… Continued

5 Reasons You Should Focus Your Efforts on Social Media, Not Mainstream Media

March 3rd, 2014 by

Over the weekend, I repeatedly came across examples of the realities of the new media ecosystem. On Saturday, I saw on Facebook a hot conversation about an apparently serious car accident in my town. People were reporting what they saw. They were sharing second-hand accounts, and of course, opinions. I toggled over to the local… Continued

When an Old Crisis Resurfaces: 4 Principles for an Effective Response

February 13th, 2014 by

Yesterday, I was driving home with a friend, and the conversation turned, as it inevitably does, to Howard Dean’s famous scream in the 2004 presidential campaign. (Okay, it’s not really inevitable, it’s just funny to say that, and it goes to a point I’m about to make.) And that point, to borrow from an old… Continued

Richard Sherman and the Danger of Misinterpretation in Communications

January 26th, 2014 by

You know how athletes celebrate by jumping in the air and banging into each other? Or develop ritual dances and other showboat-y gestures? This is especially true in football. I noticed in the Seahawks-49ers game a week ago how when the Seahawks scored, they eschewed the dances. They just shook hands. I thought that was… Continued