Stories by Diane Schwartz

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.

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.

Chart Porn and the PR Condition

April 23rd, 2018 by

When you bring hundreds of communicators together over two days for a conference on PR Measurement in Philadelphia, it gets interesting in a way the founding fathers never anticipated. “It’s like one big therapy session here,” noted measurement expert Katie Paine, in reference to the discourse among PR News Measurement Conference attendees of the many… Continued

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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.

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

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

January 29th, 2018 by

At the PR News Top Women in PR Luncheon on January 23 keynoter Melissa Bernstein of toy company Melissa & Doug shared all the misses among the hits of puzzles, toys and stuffed animals over the company’s 30 years. At their headquarters in Wilton, CT, there’s a whole room dedicated to failure—toys that seemed like such a good idea until they weren’t. As Melissa pointed out, it’s only through repeated failure that she’s found great success.

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

January 5th, 2018 by

As communicators you know you are as good as the last story told, the last campaign launched, the next initiative approved. The business world equivalent of moguls, black diamonds, avalanches – you’ll confront all these challenges this year if you are putting yourself out there. And if you are looking down, that is where you’ll go.

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.”

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, one of a dozen powerhouse speakers at the Synergy Global Forum, a blockbuster event that inspired entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to go big.

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

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