Tag Archive for communications

Bridging the Language Divide

A successful American businessman generated news headlines this week when he delivered a 30 minute speech and then took questions from an audience. The speech took place at Tsinghua University, one of China’s foremost seats of learning in Beijing. Reporters…

PLANNING TO SAY NO

Oscar Wilde would have struggled had he chosen a career in public relations. Few professions offer the range of daily temptations to do ‘just one more thing’. We can always write another press release, sell-in to another reporter, post another…

THE COMMS HAND OF THE LAW

The Metropolitan Police is on the trail of a new director of media and communications.  The vacancy has arisen after the previous incumbent resigned rather than face a gross misconduct charge. He was accused of hiring a former News of…

TIME FOR A NEW MESSAGE

The Government and its communications team likes to tell us every day that we face a choice between the awfulness of austerity on the one hand, and the dreadfulness of austerity on the other.  There is no alternative because growth…

OUTSOURCING YOUR REPUTATION

Lots of businesses consciously, happily and successfully outsource their reputation management to external PR agencies. That is not the subject of this post. But a company’s words, easily written and effortlessly spoken, can become a major threat to its reputation. …

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…

DROWNING ST PRESS OFFICE

The formative years of my PR career were spent in a trade’n’tech agency supporting clients such as an industrial food pump manufacturer, an electronic components distributor and a business that produced plastic bags to protect microchips from electrostatic damage.  Not…

ARE YOU CLOSE ENOUGH?

The untimely death of Remi Ochlik, the award-winning French freelance photojournalist who died on duty in Syria last week, led me to re-read “In Our Time – the World as Seen by Magnum Photographers”. Robert Capa, the Hungarian photographer and…

MORE HEAT THAN LIGHT

People with long-awaited hospital appointments tomorrow risk being disappointed.  Museum and library doors will remain firmly shut.  Bus and train engines in Northern Ireland, where public transport hasn’t yet been privatised, will stay cold while those that choose to drive…

INVESTIGATED JOURNALISM

For many years, conventional wisdom held than only a fool would pick a fight with someone who bought ink by the barrel. Like the underworld gangster with a reputation for violence, the threat of enthusiastic press attention was enough to…