Stories by Diane Schwartz

Do This One Simple Thing Every Day for a Picture-Perfect PR Life

January 13th, 2019 by

On the tranquil island of Santorini, Greece, hugging the cliffs overlooking the azure blue Aegean Sea, it’s one person’s job to touch-up a boutique hotel’s white exterior. Every day; and it’s a full-time job. The hotel spends $29,000 annually on white paint. The hotel’s pristine exterior makes guests feel special, part of something luxurious. Does your brand’s image need a fresh coat of paint?

Top 10 Public Relations Trends for Those Paying Attention (Plus, One Call to Action)

December 3rd, 2018 by

It comes up in most conversations and lingers, unresolved: how can I find and retain great talent? Underlying this question is a decades-old trope about what PR really is. Will it be called PR 10 years from now? The question is irrelevant. More important is what do PR professionals need to master to move forward and insure that PR’s role is strengthened within an organization?

Here’s Where Communicators are Hoping to Invest More Resources

October 24th, 2018 by

Money can’t buy you love and it can’t buy you passionate employees, but it surely can buy you more resources. When posed with the question of “What would you do with a 15% increase in your budget?,” executives participating in a recent PR News/Crisp leadership roundtable shared an interesting wish list.

Trashy Thoughts for Clear-Minded Communicators

September 10th, 2018 by

Every day we throw something out, tossing it into the garbage or recycling bin without much thought. At home, we cart the trash can up to the curb (or have our kids do it) and go on with our lives. Meanwhile, back at the office, we are letting a lot of work garbage pile up.… Continued

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The Meat of the Story for Communicators in WeWork’s Bold Vegetarian Policy

July 23rd, 2018 by

“First we eat, then we do everything else,” the preeminent American food writer M.F.K. Fisher once proclaimed. We can all agree that food is an important part of our lives. So when the CEO of one of the fastest-growing startups issues a memo proclaiming that it will no longer serve meat at corporate functions or… Continued

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The Meat of the Story for Communicators in WeWork’s Bold Vegetarian Policy

July 23rd, 2018 by

“First we eat, then we do everything else,” the preeminent American food writer M.F.K. Fisher once proclaimed. We can all agree that food is an important part of our lives. So when the CEO of one of the fastest-growing startups issues a memo proclaiming that it will no longer serve meat at corporate functions or… Continued

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The Meat of the Story for Communicators in WeWork’s Bold Vegetarian Policy

July 23rd, 2018 by

We can all agree that food is an important part of our lives. So when the CEO of one of the fastest-growing startups issues a memo proclaiming that it will no longer serve meat at corporate functions or reimburse employees on expense accounts for meaty meals, the business world took note. Stomachs growled and the haters started to hate.

The Big Rethink for Communicators Ready for Real Change

June 11th, 2018 by

How many assumptions would you find you were tied to at work if you were to take the time to question your own strategic thinking? It is time rethink your communications approach. To get you started on the Big Rethink, here’s a list of 7 assumptions to turn upside down.

The Big Rethink for Communicators Ready for Real Change

June 11th, 2018 by

You could feel the tension rising in the air, knocking out the aroma of coffee beans and herbal tea. Nancy had ordered a decaf-caf skim latte and the barista seemingly got it wrong. She stormed back to the counter and told the staff in no uncertain terms that her coffee order was wrong. The customer… Continued

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Chart Porn and the PR Condition

April 23rd, 2018 by

There is a growing tendency to overuse data and graphics to prove a point that might not even be worth proving, and to underuse good old-fashioned human thinking and storytelling. The data we get from myriad sources can give a false sense that getting from Point A to Point B is a straight line. All too often, communicators in their reporting to senior management, clients and other stakeholders, will let the data speak for itself.