Staffing and Management

14 Pieces of PR Advice to Read and Heed

April 21st, 2014 by

Dispensing advice is a centuries-old activity and it never gets old. When the PR News team decided to produce a Best PR Advice Book, it looked to the smartest people in the room to write it: the speakers and attendees of our PR News conferences. Over the past two years, we’ve disseminated the little black… Continued

9 Tempting Activities You Should Avoid When Attending That Next Conference

March 31st, 2014 by

We are well into “conference season” when us avid learners hit the streets and land in a semi-comfortable chair in a meeting room or ballroom to do what we love to do most when attending an event: stare at our phones. It’s so tempting, right? You have the choice of listening to a panel of… 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

What We’ve Got Here Is Failure to Communicate—With Millennials

January 31st, 2014 by

Maybe you recall Strother Martin’s pained, twisted line of dialogue spoken to Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, delivered after Martin has struck chain-gang prisoner Newman with a blackjack: “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” I thought of this line after seeing the story making the rounds yesterday that British millennials check their… Continued

Why Smart Communicators Use the Phone

January 17th, 2014 by

You can feel yourself age when you use such antiquated words like “telephone” in front of your 12-year-old son. “Mom, who says ‘telephone’ anymore?” He has a point. Every now and then “telephone” creeps into my language, as do other throwbacks like Rolodex and VCR.  Just as we don’t say “telephone” very often, we also… Continued

New Year’s Resolutions for the PR-Minded

December 31st, 2013 by

The good thing about New Year’s resolutions is that no one is really listening closely to what you are resolving to do.  But resolutions do crystallize our goals and make the month of January, at least, a little more interesting. For communicators the world over, you should expect 2014 to bring the following: > Crises,… Continued

The Hunger Games at Work: How to Sound Very Fantastic This Week

December 2nd, 2013 by

It’s said that we speak an average of 16,000 words each day. That’s a lot of talking. As communicators, we appreciate fine words and clever turns of phrases.  But on this day after a long holiday, still recovering from a turkey and pumpkin pie stupor and constant conversation with distant relatives, I challenge you to… Continued

What’s First, Technology or Content?

November 7th, 2013 by

I’ve been thinking lately about how media is moving increasingly toward a greater technology dependence. I’ve read about how investment dollars, especially in Silicon Valley, where so much media-related innovation is occurring, steer towards technology solutions for media consumers. New utilities—new ways to interact with content—seems to be more important than the content itself. Think… Continued

The 10 Tough Questions to Ask Yourself Now

November 4th, 2013 by

“Anything bothering you?” That was the question posed by my physician during a recent annual check-up. As he peered at my chart which was looking pretty boring in a good way, I wondered whether I should share something small, like “I get headaches every now and then.” Or should I tell him I’m feeling great,… Continued

9 Tips for Public Speakers Who Hate Public Speaking

October 21st, 2013 by

Butterflies in your stomach. Dry mouth. Fantasy of escaping through the back door. It’s inevitable: at some point in your career, you’ll need to speak in front of an audience. Whether at a small meeting, a conference, a general session, on a panel, or on your own. For most of us, it’s about getting out… Continued