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And in the time it takes to say "I'm sorry, I've been busy" you probably could have answered the question. Sadly, it is a common response. I'm not sure it so much that I am busier than you, it has become the fall back position. Similar to "I have a call into him/her" or "I haven't gotten a response to my email yet."  It makes us feel better than "I forgot" or "I didn't get to it."

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The “I’m Busy” Badge of Pride

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@ginidietrich of course he did!

2 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Marcus Sheridan

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I've had the pleasure of hearing @Marcus_Sheridan keynote a couple times. And was at the session you describe above. Great on all fronts!

2 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Marcus Sheridan

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Arik -- I don't think there is an easy answer to this question. What it boils down to for me is a give-and-take relationship between the team and the employer.  We've had a variety of different scenarios here with our working moms (and yes, they've mostly been moms) including telecommuting, flex schedules, kids coming to the office, leaving early, coming late, etc. I trust my team to get the work done, their clients trust them to get the work done.  If we have to adjust schedules to make it work, then we'll figure something out.


I can't speak to whether agencies or corporate positions' stress levels are any different. I suspect both come with different expectations and different stress levels.  The answer for me is find the right environment for the work-life balance that makes sense to you and your employer.  Yes, there will be stress, but at least you'll have the option to work it through.

2 months, 1 week ago on Are PR agencies setting new parents up to fail?

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@CarrieMorgan  I don't know that I would go as far as calling it "horrendous." All organizations have opportunities to do better, be better.  Volunteer organizations, in particular, have to rely on its volunteers often times to make those improvements.  I believe our chapter does an excellent job when it comes to social as does our District.  Similarly, several of the SIGs on a national level do a tremendous job of keeping their members engaged through social.  Is there room for improvement? Of course.


I assume from some of your thoughts in your post, that you are not seeing all of the information that is produced by PRSA regarding issues - both industry and general business?  Be sure to update your profile online so that you are receiving these.  I can get daily blog posts, participate in online forum chats and see valuable white papers and content that I share with my team and clients when relevant.


As for chapter collaboration, what were you thinking?  I know in the past we have shared our programming with the Tucson chapter and vice versa.  And certainly at the District level, there is shared knowledge and best practices.  I see the camaraderie between chapters when I attend the national conference on a fairly regular basis. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Five Digital Tactics That Would Bring Fresh Life To PRSA

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Ken -- I am so sorry for your loss. One the hardest things we have to do is make that decision. A friend told me something when I was struggling with the decision about what to do for Viva when it was her time...she told me that our four-legged friends rely on us for absolutely everything for their entire lives, they need us just one more time to make this very important decision.  It wasn't easy, but it was right. 


I hope you'll find comfort in the memories of Shadow, your loving companion.



3 months, 2 weeks ago on Saying Goodbye to a Trusted Friend

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Thank you for sharing this story.  Be sure to keep a copy of it to share with her later. It is a pretty powerful story.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Moments We Do Not Take

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Carrie -- quite a lengthy blog post today :)  I am wondering if your frustration is with the local chapter, the District, the national office...or all of the above.


I have been a PRSA member since college, I have served the local chapter as a volunteer and a board member, co-chaired the Western District conference (in Scottsdale last year) and am currently chair-elect of Counselors Academy (for senior practitioners and agency owners). 


Your frustrations are valid. And I would strongly encourage you to share your thoughts with the local leadership here in Phoenix.  Our chapter is privileged to have two District officers (Paula Pedene and Doug McKenzie) who would gladly share your concerns with the national level.  And I would be happy to make some introductions to the national leadership as well.


The organization definitely needs members like you who take the time to express concerns and generate dialogue around how things can be done differently.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Five Digital Tactics That Would Bring Fresh Life To PRSA

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So what's next?  Will you reach back out to them to clarify the intent of your inquiry?

3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Social Media Mob

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We require the first month's fee upfront  before we get started. And the next month's invoice is sent at the same time. Then we invoice on the first of each month.  No payment by month's end, no work the following month.


It was an interesting shift when we went from end of month billing to first of month billing (majority of our clients now are that way). One day difference but switched the thinking from paying for work completed vs paying forward.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on New 120 Payment Terms from Big Brands Require Agencies Play Bank

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Danny, thanks for the recommendations.  Just downloaded Jaclyn's two books.  I've got a 14-day cruise coming up in July, these sound like perfect poolside reading.  Hope all is well.

4 months ago on Three Non-Business Books for Your Summer Reading

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We have a similar situation.  Longtime client is in desperate need of a website update - after months of discussing it with them, they've decided to go for it.  But need the public relations/media relations budget to do it.  Ugh. Several lengthy discussions about why they shouldn't go on hiatus with the work we've been doing has unfortunately not netted out a change in their budget. 


So we will move forward with the new website -- with the hopes that they will miss what we have been doing and give us the chance to keep working. 

4 months, 1 week ago on The Website Content Development Process

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@Howie Goldfarb @AbbieF @ginidietrich yes, that would explain it.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Abbie Fink

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@KateNolan @JoeCardillo  the administration was going to take away our sixth grade graduation dance because of a few kids' bad behavior. I thought it was unfair, so staged a picket line in front of the school and called the local TV stations, Did my first interview with the local station and we got our dance back. A PR career was born.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Abbie Fink

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@Howie Goldfarb @RobBiesenbach  this is very close to the truth :)

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Abbie Fink

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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes  You really don't realize how important culture can be until what you have it isn't what you want.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Abbie Fink

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@Howie Goldfarb @ginidietrich  I was more of a David Cassidy fan than Shawn. And later Rob Lowe adorned the walls.


I will protect the privacy of Gini's sleeping habits -- no cucumbers on the eyes, but there has been evidence of ear buds.


#GoDevils -- graduated in 1986, masters in 96 from the Cronkite School.  When were you there?


You mean Rio Salado -- hey, it's Arizona, we take waterways where we can them. I can recall at least 5 trips down the Salt River, there were likely more. And yes, Mill was way cooler back in the day -- heck you could hear the Gin Blossoms practicing in a garage just off 6th.


4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Abbie Fink

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@bdorman264  Nice to meet you, too.  And the best part is I am still in touch with PR Boss. In fact, I saw he and is wife last night.  We are now PR Friends and Colleagues.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Abbie Fink

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Job #3: Working as the assistant public relations director at the Fiesta Bowl. It was the last Thursday in July 1991 and the executive director spent the day firing all the assistant directors.  But on Monday he called and asked if I would freelance for them through the football season.  I said yes and decided I’d start my own business, which is what eventually led to me to HMA Public Relations.

thank you!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Abbie Fink

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Job #1: Hired to write restaurant reviews for a local magazine but wasn’t supposed to actually eat the food, just write something using the menu as a guide.  I was still a journalism student at the time and just knew that wasn’t right and told the owner that.  He fired me.

And here I was a college kid thinking I was going to get paid to eat... oh well.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Abbie Fink

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It used to be that I have a HUGE crush on Donny Osmond, but thanks to social media, that no longer applies.

I am devastated by the news.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Abbie Fink

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As devastating as it was at the time, I realized that culture fit is as important if not more so than the money and the new office.

And beauty of this is that I am still in touch with PR Boss, we are now PR Friends and Colleagues.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Abbie Fink

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She accepted and, along with Bob Reed, we enjoyed a dinner that set the course for a lifelong friendship.

Such a fun night.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Abbie Fink

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Taken out of context, maybe. But in this case, nah, sucks is ok with me.

5 months, 1 week ago on Sucks is a Bad Word

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Rob - as I said to you after the presentation, if stuff was going to go wrong it was fitting that it would happen to the guy talking about presentations.  Having done this type of talk at last year's conference, I know from which you speak.  There is something quite intimidating to do a 5-minute talk, with slides, in front of people you love and respect. Always easier for me when it is a room full of strangers.


You were masterful and although it may not have been your intention, perfectly demonstrated all your points. Kudos for a job well-done.

5 months, 1 week ago on How to Recover From Mistakes During a Speech

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I do remember Abbie Fink telling me his name is Jason Baer and, to this day, she can’t call him Jay.

I try but you'll always be Jason to me :)

5 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Jay Baer

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This comment is not intended as a response to Danny announcing he is shutting down his blog but rather a blanket statement that starting a blog, stopping a blog, getting on Twitter, deleting all your followers, etc. is not really news.  


I'm not so concerned about the number of PR bloggers, independent or not. I'm more concerned about the content the bloggers are producing and whether I have the time to read through it all.  Case in point, it is Friday, May 2 at 5:11 p.m. and I'm just getting around to reading this blog that was posted almost two weeks ago.


If you have the time and desire to write a blog, then do it and do it well. If you don't want to do it any more, that's ok, too. We'll be able to find plenty other things to read.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Is the age of the independent PR blogger over?

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Some fun new facts from DJ Kelly D!  And happy birthday. And here's to a dance party in the living room, very soon

5 months, 4 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kelly Dietrich (aka Mr. D.)

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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.



7 months, 2 weeks ago on Why I’m done with RFPs (for now)

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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.

8 months, 1 week ago on Over-Communicate to Be a Better Leader

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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.

9 months ago on Who do PR awards really belong to: Agencies or clients?

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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.


9 months, 1 week ago on Does Scandal’s Olivia Pope represent the PR industry well?

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@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.

9 months, 1 week ago on Is an MBA worth it for PR professionals?

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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.


9 months, 2 weeks ago on Is an MBA worth it for PR professionals?

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Thanks to your mom for taking the time to put this in writing and to you for sharing. 

10 months, 4 weeks ago on “Grandma Had the TV On and Was Quietly Crying”

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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.   

http://www.more.com/entertainment/celebrities-movies-tv-music/connie-britton-her-risky-path-happiness

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.


1 year, 2 months ago on The Double Standard in Women’s Equality is Alive and Well

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@CarrieMorgan Thanks Carrie.  Really took me out of my comfort zone, so glad I did.

1 year, 3 months ago on Ignite Presentation: Six Tips to Give the One of Your Lifetime

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@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.

1 year, 3 months ago on Ignite Presentation: Six Tips to Give the One of Your Lifetime

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@yvettepistorio @ginidietrich @lizreusswig Thank you all -- my little Hildy gives me all sorts of puppy kisses.

1 year, 3 months ago on Ignite Presentation: Six Tips to Give the One of Your Lifetime

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@TonyBennett Thanks -- this was an incredible experience, took me out of my comfort zone.  The feedback from the audience was quite overwhelming.

1 year, 3 months ago on Ignite Presentation: Six Tips to Give the One of Your Lifetime

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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.

1 year, 4 months ago on Join Danny Brown for a Special Livefyre Q&A Today

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Martin -- can't wait for you to get here. Gonna be a mini-CAPRSA!

1 year, 6 months ago on Social Media Barometer comes to PRSA Western District Conference

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 @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 :)

 

 

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Anne Reuss

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Our friend @GiniDietrich recommended this as well. Downloaded yesterday.  Danny, hope all is well.

2 years, 3 months ago on The Best Practice Guide for Blogger Outreach

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 @Lisa Gerber You should have seen the stuffing parties -- piles of paper, staplers, folders, envelopes -- and paper cuts, dozens of paper cuts :)

2 years, 3 months ago on Add User-Generated Sites to Your PR Toolkit

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