Every day we are bombarded with false messages that try to capture our attention and get into our wallets or our hearts. Creative scammers armed with sophisticated technology manipulate audio and video and make it harder and harder to determine what’s authentic. What’s real?
No matter what our endeavor, we all seek to create value for those we serve. And yet, so many worthy ventures and causes don't get traction because the people behind them struggle to communicate what matters most to their audience: why are you valuable to me?
Before the pandemic, when I shared meals with others, I had lunch with a client. She let slip that she was unhappy with her job.
Getting C-Suite decision makers to appreciate and value the PR and Communications team and what they can do for the organization is an ongoing challenge. Here are some ways to change that.
The communications patterns we learn from our families, and later interactions at school or university, on sports teams, at our first job, and from mass media, shape the way we see and react to the world. It’s within our families or our grade-school interactions that we develop patterns of communication that drive how we connect or don't with others. Understanding these patterns can prevent communications crashes.
As more and people companies turn to video to tell their stories, they waste their viewer's time with boring and irrelevant content. Get your audiences to tune in by following these three simple tips.
When Jessica Curry took her daughter Parker to the National Portrait Gallery to see the recently installed portrait of Michelle Obama, a fellow museumgoer was struck by the little girl’s expression. Ben Hines snapped a photo with his cell phone and later posted the photo on Facebook.
It’s that time of year again. Communications planning time! Don’t have one? Maybe this is the year to create one. And if you do have one, it’s time to examine how well you did against this past year’s efforts and what adjustments you would make for the coming 12 months.
Several years ago, a colleague asked me to do an informational interview with a young woman who was thinking about getting into public relations. Happy to do this as a favor to a helpful colleague, I met with the young woman on a Saturday, answered her questions, and gave her the names of a few others to contact. I never heard from her again.
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.