Media Training

A Yearly List That Can Help You Communicate with Millennials

September 3rd, 2015 by

Signs of the times: Jeb Bush goes on the offensive, attacking Donald Trump, but does so with a video on the Internet. Trump returns serve via Twitter and Instagram. Blue Bell Creameries, founded in 1907, goes all-out on social media to hail the return of Blue Bell Ice Cream to shelves in select markets after… Continued

We Need to Dispel These 5 PR Myths

August 24th, 2015 by

Search the term “hires a PR firm” on any given day and you’ll find a fresh news story about a company hiring a PR firm to handle a crisis. Shocking news! Stop the presses! How dare they revert to PR! Why is it still newsworthy when PR is called to the rescue or joins a… Continued

PR is Sales is Marketing is Advertising

July 23rd, 2015 by

The lines are blurry. As a communicator you are usually selling something – an idea, a story, an interview to the media, a budget, a campaign. To close on that effort – to get the story, win the account, score a larger budget – is a similar feeling your Marketing counterpart has when her campaign… Continued

This One Simple Question Can Transform Your Business Relationships

July 9th, 2015 by

The moving company that assisted with our house move last week sent us a hard-working crew. Hauling boxes and furniture to and fro, they didn’t spend much time chatting, but when they did they usually framed it in a question: “How am I doing?” When Danny, the head mover, first asked me that question I… Continued

‘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

It’s Not Over ‘Til It’s Over, and 4 Other Takeaways From Super Bowl XLIX

February 2nd, 2015 by

This year’s Super Bowl lived up to its hype, and it was one of the first times in recent memory that I found the game to be more exciting than the commercials. This year’s array of $4.5m spots struck a more somber and heart-warming note than years past. Considering what’s happening on the world stage… 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

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

‘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

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