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Very refreshing, Holly, and mirroring much of what I "preach" both to my students and to folks who attend sessions I present on cultivating an online presence. I refer to it as "getting comfortable in your own skin." Once you achieve that, your online presence will represent the real you...all sides...all "shapes." Thanks for validating my thoughts!
1 week, 4 days ago on Would the Real Holly Dawson Please Stand Up?
@Howie Goldfarb Very good points, Howie. And, as you so rightly conclude, you've done YOUR duty as counsel...it's up to the client to decide how he or she will act based on that guidance. While I've never said "I told you so" to a client or employer, I have had more than one say to ME..."You advised us not to do XXX. You were right." Gott love our profession! :-)
1 week, 6 days ago on Public Relations: The Two Sides of Information Access
Terrific post as always, @Shonali . It truly is up to us as individuals to make good things happen. I know from personal experience how tiring and frustrating slumps can be, but I also know that a good swift kick in the mental rear-end can get me re-motivated and lead to positive outcomes. Thanks for a wonderfully-voiced reminder! :-)
2 weeks, 5 days ago on We Make Our Own Fairy Dust
Very interesting read, Shonali, that highlights some of the very real dilemmas that we find ourselves facing. The beauty of the public relations profession is that it truly does encompass a vast array of techniques, technologies, and tactics. But it sometimes is more "comfortable" for others to brand us as this...or that...or the other. I think the secret, if there be a secret, is to be comfortable yourself and to be able to describe for others your capabilities. Whether it's "traditional" or "social" or an amalgamation of the two...it's all public relations.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Breaking Out of The Box Only To Be Put in Another
@Shonali @margieclayman The reader was in his early 40s, Shonali...not too old...not too young. Perhaps in that "uncertain" period of his life??
1 month ago on Person-to-Person Communication: The Human Side of Public Relations
@margieclayman Thanks, Margie! It IS the humans who gum up things, isn't it?!? Thanks so much for reading and commenting! :-)
@HowieG Thanks, Howie. I've always been about the "personal" touch, and have never been disappointed in the ultimate results. It's how I finally realized that my calling was public relations and not some other profession...long story there, but got me where I am today.
I really appreciate your reading, sharing, and commenting!
@PattiRoseKnight @KirkHazlett @yvettepistorio Very true on that one, Patti, although Yvette and the gang might claim that *we* need *them* ore! ;-)
1 month, 1 week ago on Corporate to Agency Life: Differences Between the Two
I completely agree with the description of corporate PR benefits...I've always been more comfortable in a corporate setting because I've been able to be a part of the "Mother Ship" and can more fully provide advice and counsel based on my in-depth knowledge of "how the sausage is made." Agency life didn't do that for me. Great post!
@ginidietrich @KirkHazlett Loved it, Gini. Just showed all the segments to my Mass Communication class.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: The Truth Fairy and a Dump Truck
Best laughs I've had in a long, long time...and a lot of underlying truths in the various videos. Thanks for sharing on a *Good* Friday!
Late to the conversation on this excellent post, @Shonali . This is very valuable information that I will share with my students and others who are trying to wrap their social heads around social media, especially Twitter. Thanks for simplifying my so-called *life*!
2 months ago on 18 Tweetable Twitter Tips for Newbies
Awesome, @shonali! Mr. Bill and I never really got along too well...I was more focused on roughly 300 years after him. But you have absolutely and totally captured the essence of the messages that can be found in his writings. I also can still hear my Shakespeare prof at UGA saying, and I quote, "Shakespeare is lying in his grave laughing his a** off at the 'interpretations' we do of his writing." She was right, of course, but you have piqued my interest once again in the Bard's work and I'll probably...with an emphasis on "probably"...revisit his works. Thanks for making my day!!
2 months ago on 15 Quotes from Shakespeare for Public Relations Pros
Excellent continuation of the conversation, Starr. Your suggestions for setting and enforcing rules are just what we need to help wrap our heads around the rapidly-evolving/changing communication channels that exist between teachers and students. Thanks again for some great insights!
2 months, 1 week ago on Successful Social Media Disengagement for Teachers
This sounds like an amazing opportunity, @Shonali ! Wish I could get down for it...one of these days. Looking forward to your updates/recap, though!
2 months, 1 week ago on Gearing Up For Social Slam 2013
@HowieG @KirkHazlett Thanks, Howie. It can be a tough path to follow, but, in the end...
Thanks for reading and commenting!
2 months, 1 week ago on Ethics and Accountability in Public Relations are Non-Negotiable
@CarrieHillPR @shonali @KirkHazlett As one of my favorite lines from "The Kind and I" goes, "It is a puzzlement," Carrie. I tell my students that one of my saving graces as a PR professional has always been that my face turns beet red when I "bend" the truth. Therefore, I don't! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!
Thanks very much, Matt. It IS an intersting show in that I can always find something to rant about the next day in my public relations classes! And, sadly, it DOES show the seamier side of our profession...or ANY profession, for that matter. As long as human beings are "human," there will always be someone somewhere who will be tempted to take the "easy" way out of a situation. All we can do is continue waving the flag of ethical, responsible business practice. I really appreciate your reading and commenting!
Some good questions in this post, @arikhanson , but I also have to agree with what @ValerieSimon says. Social media, although it has been with us for what seems like forever, is still an evolving piece of the total planning process. Those of us who are have been around longer (my students say "old"; I say "experienced") are still to some extent wrapping our collective heads around effective incorporation of social media into our corporate/client planning processes. While the Gen-Xers want things to move more quickly, we (Boomers) are still, to a great extent, in the driver's seat. As we move on to greener retirement pastures, the younger, more social media savvy pros will step in and step up. I believe that is when you will start seeing more calls for senior, "experienced" social media pros for leadership positions. The next five years will be very interesting...just be patient!! :-)
2 months, 1 week ago on The Gen X social media talent gap--and what it means for corporate America
@Shonali I have a great relationship with my troops, Shonali. They really DO show me a huge amount of respect, but they're not above "poking the tiger" once in a while just to see what happens! This student actually got verbally beat up by a couple of folks sitting beside him! We all had a good laugh!!
I appreciate your kind observation regarding my "experience"! It's nice to know that some of my friends haven't given up on me yet! :-)
2 months, 1 week ago on How Social Media Blurs the Black and White in Education