Crisis Management

‘I Think I Can’t, I Think I Can’t’: A New Train of Thought

March 2nd, 2015 by

The story about the little engine that could is a familiar and heart-warming one, a tale of a determined underdog fulfilling a difficult task against all odds. “I think I can, I think I can” is a commonly used refrain at challenging moments. Sometimes, though, we might be stronger to think we can’t.  To admit,… Continued

15 Easy Changes to Transform Your Career this Year

January 5th, 2015 by

Forget new year’s resolutions about losing weight, completing your first novel, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail while learning how to play guitar. Those sorts of resolutions just set you up for disappointment. It’s time to get realistic. As far as career resolutions go, there’s no shortage of things we can do better. As communicators, we… Continued

Controlling the Message: 3 Lessons from the Janay Rice Interviews

December 2nd, 2014 by

We’ve seen the video and we’ve read countless articles about Ray Rice’s behavior back in February of this year at an Atlantic City casino when he was caught on tape assaulting his fiancee Janay Palmer and then dragging her limp body out of the elevator. We’ve read with fascination the NFL’s multiple reactions to the… Continued

The Epic List of Useless PR Tactics

November 11th, 2014 by

A while back I compiled a list of annoying phrases and words we utter as communicators (and human beings), from “at the end of the day” to “guru” and “epic”. The list, via my blog post, grew as you added your own phrases that annoy (“I don’t hate that” and “synergy,” to name a few).… Continued

Will PR and Marketing Get Married One Day?

October 13th, 2014 by

Inevitably the question arises when you’re in a room full of communicators: how do we break down the silos between PR and Marketing? I recently moderated a panel with Andrew Bowins of Mastercard and Jay Bartlett of Pitney Bowes on the topic of marketing-PR collaboration, or lack thereof in many organizations. We agreed that a… Continued

Measure Twice, Cut Once? How About We Just Measure!

September 15th, 2014 by

Measurement is one of those irrefutable initiatives in the PR and marketing world.  You cannot argue with the idea that what can’t be measured can’t be managed. Nor can you dispute the reality that many practitioners do not take measurement seriously. Is PR Measurement like hand washing at the restroom? Let’s face it: there are… Continued

‘Meet the Team,’ Ferguson and PR’s Diversity Problem

September 2nd, 2014 by

Take a look at your “Meet the Team” and “About Us” pages on your web site. Do these pages reflect a multifaceted workforce? Do the photos of your team and their bios underscore an understanding of your many stakeholders? In other words, can visitors relate to you? You might not think these questions are worth… 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

4 Ways to Get a Reporter to Pay Attention to You

August 4th, 2014 by

Back in my reporting days, I spent a good amount of time doing something that might strike many as nostalgic: interviewing sources and talking to PR people on the phone.  If only today’s reporters had time for telephonic activities. Surprise: they do! And they will take your call if you lay the groundwork first. They… Continued