5 Times To Stay Out of the Media

5 Times To Stay Out of the Media

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October 20, 2017 It seems like all clients ever want is their name in the news. Many PR flaks will do their darnedest to make it happen. But, sometimes, the very best strategy for your client is to stay OUT of the news. Here are 5 times that’s true. You

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Avoiding The Avocado Syndrome

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October 2, 2017 Throughout my career I have thought of myself (in terms of an employee) as a fine wine, getting better and better with age. But, with close to 25 years of experience, I sometimes worry that I am more of an avocado – you know, forever ripening and

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3 Ways My Workout Mimics My Work

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September 25, 2017 Every day I try to walk four miles. I usually aim for first thing in the morning, so I am at my desk by 9 am. But sometimes, due to deadlines, I take my walk at lunch or around dinner. Though I was a runner all through

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Clients to Run From

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September 15, 2017 After more than five years on my own consulting, I have had enough experiences with clients to know pretty quickly, who will be a keeper and who won’t. There are some tells from early on in the engagement that will portend whether they’ll be long-term clients or

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Communications Can’t Cure the Current Chaos

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August 4, 2017   I don’t know about you but as a communicator, my optimism is at an all-time low, and my cynicism is at an all-time high. Though fake news (or lies or propaganda or whatever phrase you prefer) is nothing new, it’s now being created and disseminated at

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Dogging Responsibility

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June, 2017 I don’t hate dogs. But ours is one of the 56% of American households without one. You’d never know we were in the majority, we non-dog-owners, as we are surrounded by dog homes in my neighborhood. I have nothing against dogs per se, it’s just that my husband

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A Day Without Women: We’re Doing Something Right.

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March 8, 2017 In celebration of a Day Without Women, I want to share with you a photo of my son from a few days ago. While it may seem antithetical to the day to celebrate a picture of a boy, let me explain: I think we’re doing something right.

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Managing Conflict With Courage

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January 5, 2017   It’s been said that public relations is one of the most stressful careers to have. And no wonder. Few professions are more fraught with impossible deadlines, higher stakes, faster speeds, and crazier conflicts. Nothing derails a job, a project, or even a career faster than conflict.

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Lessons From Flint: Where Crisis and Ethics Intersect

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March 11, 2016 In January, the nation watched in shock as news of a man-made public health crisis unfolded in Flint, Michigan. Authorities knew there were dangerous levels of lead in tap water, threatening the health and development of thousands of children, and they did nothing about it for more

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Work-Life Integration v. Balance – Panacea or Pandora’s Box?

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March 17, 2015 I have noticed a lot of business articles and social media posts lately touting the “new” way to achieve life nirvana through the newly coined “work-life integration,” as opposed to the work-life balance of the early 2000’s. Everyone from CEOs of large tech companies to my friends

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