As part of a new series of blog posts, I’m taking a closer look at recently trending hashtags on Twitter in an effort to better understand what goes viral, what it says about the Twitterverse, and how professional communicators can apply what we’ve learned. Continue reading #HashtagTuesday: Episode 2
Kellyanne Conway has been thrust into the spotlight during this seemingly endless presidential campaign cycle. Less for her adroit media skills, and more for who she currently represents, the increasingly unshackled Donald J Trump, Republican candidate for President of the United States of America.
It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016
We don’t often connect Albert Einstein [pictured above] with insights about communications, but as one of the most brilliant minds in the last century, I think it’s fair that we at least hear him out. I often draw on minds greater than my own to help me get a point across, for if there is one truism in this world, it’s that it has all been said and done before.
So, whether you’re looking for guidance, inspiration or validation, quotes from notable communicators can be just the thing to remind you why you got into public relations and communications in the first place. Continue reading 10 quotable quotes on communication
People have been trying to figure out other people for millennia. Some attribute your personality traits to the year you were born [see: Chinese zodiac], the day you were born [see: Western astrology], or right down to the minute you were born [see: Hindu astrology]. In any of these examples, it seems to have nothing to do with your upbringing or cultural influences. It has all been pre-ordained.
I don’t believe that we have a specific destiny, but without getting too metaphysical, I think we can work backwards a bit from your chosen profession to determine what sort of person you are. Continue reading 3 types of PR pros: What’s your sign?
Not sure if this is just the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon wreaking havoc with my mind, but I’ve been in crisis mode of late, helping others navigate the uncertain waters of unfortunate events in their business, projects and personal lives, and it seems that every day my eyes are drawn to the headlines surrounding PR gaffes, scandals and crises.
Whether it reflects an editorial shift for media, or just my own sharpened awareness, I feel that 2015 has been a bonanza of blunders, and we’re only just halfway through!
But the half-year mark is a good time to reflect on what has transpired and take a look at some of the potential crises that are lying in wait. Continue reading Crisis Roundup for 2015 (so far)
If you haven’t heard the news, Greece’s financial house is in chaos right now. Like a bad roommate, it’s been a mess for quite some time, and only now, when the rest of the European Union puts up eviction notices, do they realize the folly of their ways. In case you didn’t know, Greece is likely to miss its portion of the rent this month, be dropped from the Euro Zone, and revert to the drachma. Faced with the prospect of losing all their money, Greek citizens have taken to the banks to pull every last Euro in fear that the drachma will be worthless within minutes of being issued, prompting the banks and local stock exchange to shut down today. Suffice it to say, hard times are ahead.
So what can we, as professionals with a responsibility for crises communications, take away from this debacle? Continue reading 3 Comms lessons from the Greek economic crisis
The distinction between strategic partner and tactician is key. The best way to make sure that alternative opinions are heard is to ensure the one delivering the message (often the communications head) must have the full confidence and trust of the leadership team.
All too often, communications directors face management teams which regard communications people as add-ons, nice-to-have but non-essential parts of the business. Now there’s proof that the right kind of communications can help a company achieve its business goals.