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@annelizhannan Thanks! Great point about having your story build. You're so right about that. It seems like a lot of content is a bit one-note, or maybe it's the delivery that is. And brands could do more by looking at how a story builds over time and adding a bit of drama or a story arc to what they're doing. 

3 weeks ago on What Standup Comedians Can Teach Us About Visual Storytelling

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@dbvickery Maybe you're giving us a little bit of a date-stamp :). They comics you mention all so different and amazing and you don't hear too many people talk about Sam Kinison these days. I was fortunate enough to see him perform at a club in Toronto and...wow... 


You're so right about finding out your own voice because not every joke (piece of content) works for the same for various people. I know that from experience. Thanks!

3 weeks ago on What Standup Comedians Can Teach Us About Visual Storytelling

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@Eleanor Pierce Thanks Eleanor! That's something I learned early on - great material (stories) can only take you so far. And a story well told (delivered) - sometimes with less than stellar writing - can sometimes get more interest than it maybe should... I can think of a few speakers who fall into this category :).

3 weeks ago on What Standup Comedians Can Teach Us About Visual Storytelling

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@biggreenpen Thanks Paula! I always appreciate your comments and insights. You are so right about needing to read an audience - as they are all different. Thinking like an audience is another thing we can learn for all storytelling or storymaking...


Funny about the two speeches - I find I sometimes never know how a talk is going to be received till after it's done...

3 weeks, 1 day ago on What Standup Comedians Can Teach Us About Visual Storytelling

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@LauraPetrolino Thanks Laura! I guess that would be the equivalent of clapping extra loudly - rather than booing...And that reminds me... (couldn't resist throwing in an extra segue here...)

3 weeks, 1 day ago on What Standup Comedians Can Teach Us About Visual Storytelling

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@ClayMorgan Thanks Clay. I usually try to shy away from those too - but in this case I couldn't resist. Also - because there were so many great visual storytelling posts this month - I wanted to try something a bit off kilter...

3 weeks, 1 day ago on What Standup Comedians Can Teach Us About Visual Storytelling

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@biggreenpen @Howie Goldfarb @martinwaxman That's true! In this case, since it's all about crisis communications, we may need a virtual frying pan, too!

1 month ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Melissa Agnes

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@Howie Goldfarb Thanks Howie! You are so right!! Oh - and nerd is another thing that's on there... @ginidietrich @Digital_DRK

1 month ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Melissa Agnes

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@Jen Novotny Thanks! I think the key is to keep it a concentrated time - similar to what happens during a real crisis - to get the adrenalin flowing and ensure people get an idea of the pressure and learn how to stay cool and keep their good judgment.

2 months ago on Crisis Simulation: The Next Best Thing to Being There

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Glad you enjoyed it. Maybe I've just got a good ear for dialogue ... And yes, we should!

2 months, 1 week ago on Crisis Simulation: The Next Best Thing to Being There

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Great point, Paula. Its good to have dress rehearsals. Thanks!

2 months, 1 week ago on Crisis Simulation: The Next Best Thing to Being There

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@Eleanor Pierce Thanks Eleanor! It's also really interested seeing how people react and if they can stay calm. I try to keep the adrenalin going throughout by announcing how much time has passed on a regular basis :).

2 months, 1 week ago on Crisis Simulation: The Next Best Thing to Being There

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@LauraPetrolino Thanks! It's something I've done in a lab setting (aka my class) and it really works well and keeps people on their toes. You can also see what opportunities or issues people may be missing in real time. Plus the candy/snacks are important!

2 months, 1 week ago on Crisis Simulation: The Next Best Thing to Being There

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@ShingiPReaction Thanks @ShingiPReaction. Interesting observation. When you say other media, are you referring to print and direct mail, that is more traditional sources? Any ideas why you're seeing that?

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Did Gallup get it wrong about social media?

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@andreahayes1 Thanks Andrea. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Did Gallup get it wrong about social media?

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First of all, thanks for the history lesson, @LauraPetrolino! For some reason, I always believed everything happened magically on that one day. And what a perfect description of what could have happened on social media. Of course, being a Canuck, we would likely have had a lot of angry and cynical updates (I'm thinking of you, @belllindsay :) ). And probably a bunch of sad faces...


But back to the post - you're so right that on and offline are reciprocals and we need to figure out how to tie the experiences together for customers. That's the challenge and opportunity for those who can navigate both worlds like they belong.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on How to Integrate Online and Offline Communities

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Thanks @maureenjudge - that's a good reminder!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Did Gallup get it wrong about social media?

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@sherrilynne  That's for sure! Thanks Sherrilynne!

5 months, 2 weeks ago on From Optimist to Optimize: The Future of PR?

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@ginidietrich  It's been a good conference. We miss not having you here this year! As for Mr. Gladwell, I like how he takes research on various topics, simplifies and explains them with stories. 

5 months, 2 weeks ago on From Optimist to Optimize: The Future of PR?

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@biggreenpen  Thanks Paula. I guess that's why I had such an affinity to your virtual ones...


You're so right because all of those things you suggest mean you're thinking about the recipient and starting a relationship... Of course, that takes time to build, but it's worth it.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on From Optimist to Optimize: The Future of PR?

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@LauraPetrolino  Thanks Laura! One of mine, too. I also go back to it because the principles of how to amplify stories sure apply.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on From Optimist to Optimize: The Future of PR?

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@RobBiesenbach  What do they say about comedy? Timing... Thanks Rob. I really enjoyed your talk yesterday and enjoyed that we're recommending a similar reading list.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on From Optimist to Optimize: The Future of PR?

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Glad you liked that! I'm happy to tell you over drinks :).

5 months, 2 weeks ago on From Optimist to Optimize: The Future of PR?

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Thanks. Thanks. Thanks :).

5 months, 2 weeks ago on From Optimist to Optimize: The Future of PR?

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@BillSmith3 Thanks Bill. It is a complex and multi-faceted issue, Great point about the digital divide. Hopefully we can find a way to bridge that. I guess that's where millennials can help guide the older generations along - and the older ones will need to keep an open mind...

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Social Media, Boomers, and Rock and Roll

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@LauraPetrolino Of course, of course. That's what I meant :). @RebeccaTodd  

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Social Media, Boomers, and Rock and Roll

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@RobBiesenbach I think it was... That's why the Seinfeld shows still work, IMHO...

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Social Media, Boomers, and Rock and Roll

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@AmyMccTobin @shellykramer  I'm with both of you on that! Thanks Amy!

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Social Media, Boomers, and Rock and Roll

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@RebeccaTodd  Thanks Rebecca! I like EFF a lot. 


You're so right about it coming down to attitude - and the important thing is keeping an open mind about everything regardless of age. And sometimes, it's too easy to fall into the 'I do things this way' mentality. We all have to fight against that!

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Social Media, Boomers, and Rock and Roll

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@rdopping I am older than you. And I apologize for my generation - or parts of it :).


I don't think you're ever too old to try new things - it might take longer to get the hang of them, but that's OK.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Social Media, Boomers, and Rock and Roll

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@RobBiesenbach  Thanks Rob. You know - I wonder if Louis CK has taken that role as cultural observer. He's critically funny, not borderline out of touch funny. And that's why he can appeal to a wide age range - the way Seinfeld used to. 

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Social Media, Boomers, and Rock and Roll

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@belllindsay  It's great to be back. Oh - Thanks and sorry, Lindsay! A typical Canadian greeting! 

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Social Media, Boomers, and Rock and Roll

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@annelizhannan That's great to hear. And it's important to keep trying! I know I stumble around new platform a lot more than my kids - but then it levels off and we start to learn from each other. Thanks!

7 months ago on Social Media, Boomers, and Rock and Roll

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@JRHalloran  Thanks JR. I think the important thing is to keep an open mind and try new things - no matter how old you are. And, sometimes you need to accept that it may take some time till you catch on.


And regarding cars that drive themselves? I'm ready now!

7 months ago on Social Media, Boomers, and Rock and Roll

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Great story, Eden. And maybe you've come up with the answer to the question can you make me a viral video? That depends on how lucky you are...


And you and Hilary have set a record for #digitaledu, not sure we'll ever top two viral videos in one week!

7 months, 1 week ago on How does a video go viral?

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@RobBiesenbach You weren't kidding about making time!!

7 months, 1 week ago on Seven Lame Excuses for Mediocre Presentations

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All great points, Rob. I especially like the one about the person who says they're better winging it... I'm sure that attitude got them 100% on college exams. This is a great example for communicators who sometimes use words as a crutch - as in those words written on a slide that have to be read verbatim. When I'm in a presentation and someone starts to do that, I automatically drift off and it's hard to bring yourself back. Look forward to your Counselors Academy talk and to meeting in person!

7 months, 1 week ago on Seven Lame Excuses for Mediocre Presentations

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@e_sahadeo  Let me know what you think. The magazine has lots of other things to offer too - a tradition of amazing writing...

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Visual storytelling lessons from New Yorker cartoons

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@maureenjudge  Thanks Maureen!

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Visual storytelling lessons from New Yorker cartoons

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@Howie Goldfarb Thanks Howie! I'm sure you did. There's nothing more frustrating than a client - or a collaborator - who just can't make a decision. When I used to do media pitching, I always hated the I'll consider it answer from media. I wanted a yes or no because then I knew where I stood. 


I wonder - did you draw them a picture of a door to show them it was over? :)

9 months, 1 week ago on Communications Perspectives from Classic Board Games

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@LauraPetrolino Thanks so much, Laura! I know what you mean about reaching the finish line first - or building the most hotels in Monopoly.


Trivial Pursuit is a great example of playing to your strengths and stretching yourself. And like you said, it shows the importance of teamwork. I know you challenged me to a game one of these days. I'm good in pop culture and literatur. So seeing what you're good in makes me think we should be on the same team!

9 months, 1 week ago on Communications Perspectives from Classic Board Games

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@RobBiesenbach Thanks Rob! Great analogy. I was hoping someone would invoke Stratego and I really like your example!

9 months, 1 week ago on Communications Perspectives from Classic Board Games

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@CommProSuzi Interesting way to look at it. I think 'I'm sorry' can certainly be used as a crutch - or even an excuse. The people who do that devalue the sentiment and, as you said, don't learn anything. We want to encourage clients to avoid that and hopefully be able to pick out the insincere ones. Thanks!

9 months, 1 week ago on Communications Perspectives from Classic Board Games

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@JRHalloran Great analogy! And really a good reminder to keep focused on strategy, but know when to adapt. I only wish I was a better chess player. I'm more of a chess guy...

9 months, 1 week ago on Communications Perspectives from Classic Board Games

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@AnneReuss Excellent point :). Perhaps I'll challenge you to play that game one of these days.

9 months, 1 week ago on Communications Perspectives from Classic Board Games

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@AnneReuss Thanks Anne. I'll have to check both of those out. And... appreciate the pre-game coaching.

9 months, 1 week ago on Communications Perspectives from Classic Board Games

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@jdrobertson I don't think that's cynicism at all. The apology is just a first step in the process and, as the Mayor of Toronto has demonstrated, can be full of empty words and not amounting to a hill of beans. Good point about that double standard. Hopefully transparency can lead to a more fair landscape. Thanks.

9 months, 1 week ago on Communications Perspectives from Classic Board Games

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@EleanorPie I love that analogy. Matching your visual story to what your audience wants. Thanks so much!

9 months, 1 week ago on Communications Perspectives from Classic Board Games

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