Tillerson, United, the SEC, Bozoma Saint John—Your Week (so far) in Messaging

March 14th, 2018 by

What a couple of days of news for communicators and brands. It’s difficult to know where to start. It’s hard to ignore the implications for messaging from the ousting of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Monday. While a burning question is why did a secretary of state who allegedly called his boss a “f*^&#%$ moron!” during… Continued

From PESO to Instagrammable Moments: 9 Trends Communicators Need to Own

February 26th, 2018 by

As a communicator, you can have a powerful impact on just about every corner of your organization by using the platforms, relationships and knowledge that you and your PR team are uniquely positioned to leverage. It’s on you to get your head around these trends and make something of them. Two influential communicators shared their… Continued

The F Word: It’s Time to Make Your Move

January 29th, 2018 by

Failure, my friends, is the F word I am referring to and the word that so many business leaders tout as the holy grail to get ahead. You’ve heard it so many times: fail fast, learn and grow. If only it were easy to fail successfully. At the PR News Top Women in PR Luncheon on… Continued

Things Are Looking Up for Communicators (A Note to PR News Readers)

January 8th, 2018 by

There’s a line in the movie “Molly’s Game” I think you’ll appreciate. As the young and future Olympic-level skier Molly Bloom was learning the sport from her father, he gave her this advice on the slopes: “If you look down, that’s where you go.” He probably should have also given the future “Poker Princess” advice… Continued

Communicators Need to Find Their Voice to Better Define Their Value

December 4th, 2017 by

Communications executives have begun in earnest to make their way into boardrooms, C-suite meetings and the critical business conversations at their organizations. But the pace is not fast enough and the courage of their convictions not always on display. You could even say: “PR people need to get a spine.” That, at least, is what… Continued

What Do Two Pizzas, Blue Cars and a Dented Universe Have in Common? You Know If You’re an Innovator

October 30th, 2017 by

That idea you have, which everyone is calling crazy and couldn’t possibly work: well, it probably won’t work. But you should try it anyway. Such was the advice of Guy Kawasaki (pictured), venture capitalist and former chief evangelist at Apple: “If someone says you will fail, it doesn’t always mean you will succeed. But if… Continued

Does PR Have a Reputation Problem with the Media?

October 16th, 2017 by

When Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg took a trip to DC last week to assure politicians that Facebook was taking serious the claims about Russian meddling in our elections, it was referred to as a “PR Blitz” by The New York Times, which also mentioned in the NY Times article that the social network hired three crisis… Continued

Is Integrated Communications the Holy Grail or Just Cheap Talk?

September 17th, 2017 by

Growing up, most of us were encouraged by our parents and teachers to play well in the sandbox, to share our toys and pay attention in class. Fast forward to now, and imagine your boss telling you to do the same. It would feel patronizing, right? Truth is, we could benefit from those childhood reminders.… Continued

PR Pros as Strategic Advisers, and Where It Goes From Here

August 23rd, 2017 by

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” In French, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” In a rough sense, that aphorism sums up what 24 senior communicators told us in response to the following question: “How can public relations leaders become stronger strategic business advisers as the lines between PR,… Continued

PR Lessons From the Trump Letter and the Chrysler-UAW Case

August 1st, 2017 by

Mistakes of all sizes happen. We know that. PR pros often are called in after those mistakes occur. They usually attempt to mollify things. Sometimes they goof and fan the flames. At times, communicators can do very little to make things better. Mistake By The Lake Look at what happened last week and this week in Michigan.… Continued