Tag Archive for public relations

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

As the late Margaret Thatcher (almost) said: “Being powerful is like being a thought leader. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”  I’ve lost track since leaving PR consultancy over 15 years ago how many times PR…

THE ART OF SELF DECEPTION

If you aim for nothing, the chances are that that’s what you’ll hit. I’ve just read the latest ‘Business Panel Research’ report from Richmond Events, the company that organises directors forums that bring ‘sellers’ and ‘buyers’ together to do business…

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

My friend, an account director at a provincial advertising and public relations agency, wasn’t happy.  The sun was shining, he’d not long returned from holiday and had no client meetings that day.  So I asked what could possibly be ailing…

A NEW DAWN

Sometimes, things are so badly broken that it’s easier to replace or rebuild them than to attempt a repair. This, I think, is where the reputations or brands of many of our major institutions are today.  From banking and big…

WOULD I LIE TO YOU?

Maybe it’s the residue of guilt that comes from growing up in a catholic household but I’ve always struggled with lying. I’m ok with little white lie responses to questions like “do gruffalos really exist,” or “is everything ok with…

IN PRAISE OF PROCESS

You could have heard the wailing and gnashing of PR teeth from here.  Off they’d gone to the South of France in search of awards and recognition.  They schlepped back with little more than a hangover and hurt in their…

DO PRs MAKE GOOD PMs?

Before his elevation to the highest office in the land, David Cameron plied his trade in PR.  He was director of corporate affairs for Carlton, the broadcaster and television production company, between 1994 and 2001. He left to become Member…

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…

SOCIAL MEDIUM WAVES

It’s a struggle these days to find a traditional PR agency that offers, or admits to offering, old school media relations as its core service.  The traditional agencies have adopted, acquired or built digital teams and repositioned themselves. Across the…

SPIN CITY

When your job is to manage the media and you resort to issuing direct threats – of the ‘my dad’s bigger than yours’ variety – because things aren’t going your way, you’ve already lost the argument.  Intellectually.  Ethically. Practically. Emails…