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@Howie Goldfarb @KirkHazlett @ginidietrich @Shonali Economies of scale, Howie! Why re-create the wheel when the experts have already built it! :-D
2 days, 17 hours ago on Journalistic Ethics: What Every PR Pro Needs to Know
@ginidietrich @KirkHazlett You just might hear from one of my "troops" one of these days, Gini!
And come on down to sunny suburban Milton, MA! Would love to have you talk to one of my classes! :-)
2 days, 19 hours ago on Journalistic Ethics: What Every PR Pro Needs to Know
Gini ~ To put it mildly, this is fantabulous! You validate everything that I "preach" to my PR classes practically every day regardless of whether or not that's actually the topic for the day's discussion.
Ethics in public relations...or ANY profession, for that matter...is non-negotiable. At the end of the day, we, as PR pros, have to be able to look ourselves in the mirror and be proud of what we see. And we have to be proud of how we achieve coverage on behalf of our clients or employers.
At the same time, we have to continue our mission of educating those same clients or employers on the realities of our craft...it's called "earned media" for a reason...there has to be something of value in what we are asking the media to communicate.
Is there a "silver bullet"? No. Is there hope? I'm an optimist...I say "yes."
We...my colleagues and I on the academic side...have to step up the educational aspect of ethical behavior., We have to help our young disciples...the up-and-coming PR professionals and journalism professionals...truly understand the importance of ethical practice.
PRSA and other organizations are doing a decent job of educating/informing current professionals, but more could be done. It really circles back to us as individuals to carry the torch. If others see us conducting our business ethically...and successfully...my hope is they will choose to do likewise.
Onward and upward!
Excellent reference resource, Mike. Thanks!
1 month, 1 week ago on 19 Must-Read PR & Social Media Websites
Very useful and realistic guidance here. I emphasize to my PR students day-in-and-day-out the imperative that what you say or "do" online can and will have an immediate effect on your organization's reputation as well as your own. So tread wisely, but do NOT shy away from the online opportunities to engage with stakeholders and potential clients/customers. As the old saying goes, "Be sure brain is engaged before putting mouth (keyboard) into motion."
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Online Reputation Management: Use the Internet with Confidence
Thoughts, prayers, and cyber-hugs flowing your way in waves. Be strong, my friend.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on When Life and S**t Happens
@Howie Goldfarb @KirkHazlett @Mark_Harai Thanks, Howie and Mark, for some insightful comments. It's ironic that *listening* can be such a misunderstand and badly-practiced concept! Let's hope we seen some positive changes in our lifetimes!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Power of Listening
@Mark_Harai Very, very true, Mark. It's a tough art to master for some of us, but definitely worth the effort.
Thanks for reading and commenting!
@sgm3444 There's a reason why there are twice as many of the one! :-)
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!
7 months 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! :-)
7 months 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! :-)
7 months, 1 week 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.
7 months, 2 weeks 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??
7 months, 3 weeks 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! ;-)
8 months 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.
8 months, 1 week 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!