Monthly Archives: April 2012

VANITY UNFAIR

 When you’re working in the comms dept and a senior executive you don’t know terribly well walks unexpected into your office, sits down and starts by asking how the family is, there’s a strong likelihood the conversation will turn to…

LIVING THE LEGACY

There comes a time when the thoughts of every successful businessman turn to how history will remember them. That is usually the point when most would happily exchange all their worldly wealth for a reputation and legacy that won’t have…

TELCO RINGING OFF IN PAIN?

While still with the company a few years ago, John Pluthero, former CEO and chairman of Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW), was the guest speaker at a telecoms industry dinner in London.  Pluthero, who can charm the birds from the…

ADVOCATING ADVOCACY

I have yet to come across a training course designed to help public relations and communications people develop the most important skill they need for success: self-confidence. There is any number of courses that will help you better manage the…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, please contact  editor@thecommsdept.co.uk TIME TO DEFEND THE PRESS RELEASE 18 April 2012 – The comms dept today called on the public relations industry to call time on the bullying and harassment of its oldest and hardest working…

BUILDING DIGITAL CLOUT

You know you’re getting older when you think you’re discussing current affairs and the other person thinks you’re talking history. For the first time ever, we have an economically active generation that knows life only with the Internet.  The net…

DIVINE INSPIRATION

With God on your side, you can miss the target and still win the game. Core Issues Trust, a little known ‘Christian’ organisation, believes in the power of prayer and what it calls ‘reparative therapy’ to convert gay people to…

A TAXING PRIVACY PROBLEM

“Those with nothing to hide have nothing to fear.”  That’s the view of those who want more people in the UK, particularly those paid from the public purse, to publish their tax returns to show which side of the ‘we’re…

INSTAGRATIFICATION

It used to be said that to make a small fortune all one had to do was to start with a large fortune and buy a newspaper publishing business.  That was in the days before the Internet had begun to…

REFLECTING ON AUSTERITY

Long before anyone thought of fashioning chocolate into the shape of an egg, Easter signified the end of Lent, an austere 40 days of fasting, self-denial and reflection that Christians observe before celebrating the resurrection of Christ. Religious our not,…