Tag Archive for public relations

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…

BAD RECESSION RECRUITMENT POLICIES

He hasn’t worked for over 12 months since being made redundant for the second time in three years. He was starting to lose faith, both in himself and his future.  I was there to buy the beers, to cheer him…

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…

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The birth of the internet improved much about life in the average communications department.  ‘Gum tongue’, an affliction caused by licking too many press release envelopes sealed, became a thing of the past. Out too went the hours crouched over…

AWKWARD CONVERSATIONS

I had lunch recently with an old friend from overseas. She is director of communications at a company that has been in the corporate wars of late. She’d been learning, she explained, through practice and repetition, the art of managing…

A VERY CIVIL DISTURBANCE

The middle class is revolting.  They’re polite, civilised, peaceful and hygienic, but revolting. They’re mixing it with bankers on the sidewalks of Wall Street and with tourists on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. But their global message…

THE WRITE SPEECH

In the hands of the right performer, there are few more powerful tools in the communicator’s arsenal than the set piece or keynote speech. The house lights dim and the spotlight shines raw credibility and status on the speaker, while…

COMMUNICATIONS AND EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

Most communications folk have wrestled at some point in their careers with the distinction between internal communications and employee engagement.  Some see the disciplines having shared DNA, while others believe that every so often, one needs to sit down for…

BAD LANGUAGE

Communications and marketing people are often accused of performing some of the most heinous crimes against language. Management consultants carry some of the blame too, but can be forgiven because they are cleverer than the rest of us. But communicators…

HONESTY? HONESTLY!

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” – Spencer Johnson When Carol Bartz was relieved of the big swivel chair in the Yahoo boardroom recently, many commentators applauded the refreshing frankness of…