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I pause for a few minutes to comment on this blog before I head over to Office Max to pick up the 4 copies, one original, spiral bound, tabbed RFP that must be in a sealed envelope and timestamped by 2 p.m. today or it is considered non-responsive.
They are a pain in the neck to do, but when you are successful and win the business, we have found that they can be some of the best clients. Budgets are already approved, money is available and you know what is expected of you. And if you become a valuable part of the team, you are often the first to receive the opportunity to handle additional work.
We will not respond if spec work is required and we think long and hard about responding if there is no budget outlined.
1 day ago on Why I’m done with RFPs (for now)
If you establish an open-door policy and regularly share with your team, than the occasional closed door shouldn't create that much of an issue. To me a door that is always closed generates a lot more chatter.
Sometimes as managers, we need the private time. Perhaps a quick "I'm shutting the door to get a little work done, knock if you need me" will change the chatter and assumptions that something is wrong.
And since you got a voice mail, text message, email, Facebook and Twitter birthday shout-out from me already-- add this to the list! Happy Birthday my friend.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Over-Communicate to Be a Better Leader
We generally lead the effort when it comes to submitting awards. We submit with our name and theirs as the nominee. when we win, we order two awards so both of us can proudly display the honor on our mantle.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Who do PR awards really belong to: Agencies or clients?
I am a huge Scandal fan for all the reasons you describe... but does she represent the industry? Heck no! The Gladiators certainly get it done for their clients, but at what costs. Lying, stealing, sleeping with the enemy, and all sorts of other behaviors that I are not part of the daily PR person's routine (or at least none that I associate with).
And as you continue to watch it, you'll see the show is less and less about her being a "fixer" and more about who Olivia Pope was before she was the President's mistress.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Does Scandal’s Olivia Pope represent the PR industry well?
@arikhanson@AbbieF Good question. All things being equal, I think I would. I did it for personal knowledge and the satisfaction of knowing I did it.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Is an MBA worth it for PR professionals?
Arik - I have a master's in mass communications (MMC). I went back to school two years after receiving my undergrad and took one class at a time for six years. The reason I went back was to gain some additional knowledge. I was working for a small agency when I started and had two other jobs before I finished the degree. Some helped pay for it, other times I was on my own.
It was never about getting a better job or being bored or not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. It was about pursuing something for me. At the time, I wasn't eligible to sit for the APR so if I wanted to continue my education, a master's was the way to go.
Sure, some jobs become available to you if you have an advanced degree. All things being equal, if I am interviewing two candidates for a position with my firm and one has a master's I certainly take that into consideration. Is it the deciding factor, no. But it is a consideration.
As you say, education is a good thing. Whether you get an advanced degree or not, we should continue to find opportunities to learn new things.
Thanks to your mom for taking the time to put this in writing and to you for sharing.
3 months, 1 week ago on “Grandma Had the TV On and Was Quietly Crying”
I agree, there is a double-standard. But please explain to me why it was necessary to have her sprawled across a lawn chair? I doubt Branson or Cuban have been photographed that way. Yes, this is a fashion magazine so I would expect the story to cover what powerful women wear to work. And I get that she didn't want her standard corporate headshot. But there were plenty of other ways to demonstrate that smart is sexy (thank you Ashton Kutcher) than this type of photo.
Connie Britton (American Horror Story, Nashville, Friday Night Lights) was the cover story in a recent issue of More Magazine with the caption "Smartest Woman in Hollywood." I'm a big fan and was eager to read the story. And sure enough, the first three paragraphs are about her hair and showed her pictured in what apparently is the obligatory sprawling-over-furniture photo.
Don't get me wrong. These women (and others) are beautiful AND successful. And they should be able to be both without it being a big deal.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on The Double Standard in Women’s Equality is Alive and Well
@lizreusswig thank you!
8 months ago on Ignite Presentation: Six Tips to Give the One of Your Lifetime
@CarrieMorgan Thanks Carrie. Really took me out of my comfort zone, so glad I did.
@mickeygomez @ginidietrich Glad you liked it. It was a tough one -- both as a subject and as a concept, but I am so glad I did it.
@yvettepistorio @ginidietrich @lizreusswig Thank you all -- my little Hildy gives me all sorts of puppy kisses.
@lizreusswig thank you!
@susancellura @ginidietrich Thank you!
@TonyBennett Thanks -- this was an incredible experience, took me out of my comfort zone. The feedback from the audience was quite overwhelming.
Busy morning so missed this chat. Have my copy of the book already, just waiting for Danny to make a visit to Phoenix to sign it for me.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Join Danny Brown for a Special Livefyre Q&A Today
@Dana Hughens there is still time....
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Social Media Barometer comes to PRSA Western District Conference
@KensViews you, too, Ken!!!
Martin -- can't wait for you to get here. Gonna be a mini-CAPRSA!
@AnneReuss - so nice to meet you. I work quite a bit with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community here in Arizona. In addition to the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing and the Arizona Relay Service, we also do some project work for the Arizona School for the Deaf and the Blind. Like @ginidietrich, my ASL skills are elementary at best, but thanks to my very patient clients and some awesome interpreters, we are able to make great things happen to raise awareness of the deaf community on such issues as education, healthcare, transportation, etc.
If your travels find you in Phoenix, I certainly hope we can get together for a "wine glass big" as my client likes to say :)
1 year, 6 months ago on #FollowFriday: Anne Reuss