How to Make Messages that Make Your Audience the Hero

Finding the right messages about ourselves and our companies is hard. We have to slow down and understand just how we benefit others. It requires a commitment and sometimes even a shift in perspective. Find out how to make more interesting messages.

Winning and Success with a Powerful Purpose

In our virtual world, there is no shortage of advice. But if you want success in business or in life for that matter, having a clearly defined purpose matters. Purpose isn’t about what we do but about the impact of what we do. This post offers some thoughts on how to find your purpose.

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5 Powerful Resolutions You Will Want to Keep in 2020

The New Year is a time for renewal, reset and getting our lives into shape. Now is a great time for your company or organization to tone its communication muscle. Make these resolutions to get you on your way.

The Amazing Cherry Blossoms and Growing a Business

As the cherry blossoms on my street hit their peak a few days ago, it made me think about how similar these beautiful trees are to the businesses we are growing every day.   For more than 50 years, thanks to the civic-minded spirit of my neighborhood’s first residents, these trees have shaded my street.

By |2018-06-13T09:32:26-04:00April 17th, 2018|Categories: Branding and Positioning|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Don’t Let Your Brand Collapse from Deferred Maintenance

In Marketing and Communications, it is easy to want to chase the shiny bright object--the newest social media platform, a new design for the logo, a new tagline. But the real magic of branding is making your brand live in the hearts and minds of your stakeholders.

Don’t Use the Word Strategic Unless You Mean It

It seems everyone and everything these days is strategic.  We have strategic plans, enter into strategic partnerships, undertake strategic marketing, make strategic hires, and even, according to one State Department official, practice “strategic patience” in the Middle East.

The Secret to Effective Communications: Dispel the Fog

If asked, most executives will say that clear, compelling and effective communications is essential to the success of their enterprise. The reality is that this is an area where so many organizations fall short.

4 Tips to Rebuilding a Tarnished Brand

As an avid runner and supporter of various nonprofit causes, springtime means deciding, which 5Ks and 10Ks?  Until 2012, the Komen 5K in Washington, DC, was always at the top of my list. It was a positive and powerful brand that I admired.  For more than 15 years, I ran that race until they so bitterly disappointed me with their decision to withhold funding from Planned Parenthood, which I wrote about in this post.

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