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@yvettepistorio I would except I drive a motorbike now! Maybe I'll see if I can mount my hubbie's GoPro on the handle bars and give it a try :) What song would you suggest?

9 months, 1 week ago on Gin and Topics: Mumford & Sons Impersonators and Potty Talk

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Great collection for this week! I was doing the highway sing-along 10 years ago in Florida driving I-95 :) I hope it catches on this time. Love Miley Cyrus' music, don't love the tongue, but hey, it's her 'thing' now I guess (just like Gene Simmons).

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Mumford & Sons Impersonators and Potty Talk

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Pug bowling and Asian rant! My weekend is complete now :) The pug looked like he was having a ball. And, hell yeah... would love to see Gini read mean tweets!

1 year, 1 month ago on Gin and Topics: Mean Tweets and Our Preconceived Notions

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This is an age old discussion that never gets tired as the industry morphs and new people enter. I 'practiced' PR for 17 years before going freelance and only 4 of those years were on the agency side. My first PR job right out of university was with Burson-Marsteller and I always say I got my training in the trenches! As everyone is saying, there are always pros and cons to both but I personally preferred the corporate side vs. agency side. I found that the pace didn't depend on corporate vs. agency but the leadership of the organization. When I worked for a newspaper where there were deadlines constantly looming, the PR/marketing/communications people were expected to react at lightening speed and projects had very tight timelines with high expectations.

I'm working independently now which is more like an agency, but I have the reins rather than being an entry level account executive as I was at the beginning of my career!

1 year, 3 months ago on Corporate to Agency Life: Differences Between the Two

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 @magriebler Amen to that!  I am actually working with a client to promote a new leadership change model called 'embers of the world' that focuses on exactly that!  It's reassuring to see others embracing a more gentle philosophy which will hopefully replace the authoritative dictatorships that will be passé once more and more employees decide they're just not going to take it anymore!

 

2 years ago on Caught in the Busy Trap: Is it Making Us Less Productive?

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 @magriebler  @ginidietrich Great addition to the discussion!  I believe that the most effective corporate leaders of the future will recognize the value of happy, balanced (and thereby productive) employees, contractors and consultants and will accept and even reward such behavior. My approach is to make sure that clients know that if I do pull those extra hours on evenings and weekends that I will most likely be taking a break on Monday or mid-week. 

Now... back to that proposal!

Anne :)

(yes, I did take that yoga break on the dock and it was fabulous)!

2 years ago on Caught in the Busy Trap: Is it Making Us Less Productive?

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Thanks for the reminder Gini!  Time to go do some yoga on the dock.  The proposal I'm working on will still be here an hour from now.  :)

Anne

2 years ago on Caught in the Busy Trap: Is it Making Us Less Productive?

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 @Shonali Absolutely! If you know your industry you can be a very valuable source and it doesn't go unnoticed if you do it selflessly once in a while.

2 years, 4 months ago on The Anatomy of the Perfect Pitch

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Great advice!  It's reassuring to see that some things really haven't changed since I started in PR over 20 years ago. Clear, concise, upfront and honest always wins hands-down, even if you don't get the placement. You've established a positive relationship (and reinforced your reputation as a savvy PR professional) and next time around you may just have something that the blogger/reporter/editor will pick up.

Thanks Shonali!

Anne

2 years, 4 months ago on The Anatomy of the Perfect Pitch

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@MimiMeredith Ha ha! Well, you've inspired me...had to put on some Jimmy Buffet for some more happy tunes!

2 years, 9 months ago on Watch For It...

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Not a bad song to have stuck in your head :) And, my apologies to Bobby McFerrin (the other Bob) who was the artist who did "Don't Worry be Happy." Another great song (that I was just listening to yesterday) is from Bob Marley - "Don't worry...About a Thing...'cause every little thing, is gonna be alright." @MimiMeredith

2 years, 9 months ago on Watch For It...

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Mimi, What a wonderful message...and gorgeous sunrise photo! Thanks for the beautifully stated reminder.

Anne

(oh...and, LOVE Bob Marley)

2 years, 9 months ago on Watch For It...

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Thanks for the effort in getting the Kevin Bacon video. I loved that movie! While I watched the clip I was hoping it would cut to a dance scene from the movie. No such luck. But, thanks to Kevin for the message from the heart.

Oh, and thanks for all the great stuff you send out on a regular basis too! Love your blog.

Anne

2 years, 9 months ago on Gin and Topics: Kevin Bacon and Men In Heels

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Congratulations! I feel your pain as I am in the final edits of my first book which will hopefully be launched this fall. Good luck with the process. You've won half the battle already...getting the publisher and an editor you love! I thoroughly enjoy your blogs so will wait with bated breath for the book.

Anne :)

2 years, 11 months ago on We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming

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