PR 2.0 advocate/agency owner. Writer. Pretend foodie. Marathoner. Cancer hater. Cheese dip addict. Red wine lover. Shower singer. City girl. Natural blonde.
Hahaha--I love this. My friend Hollis Gillespie just posted something similar--and said an hour of her time was worth more than a $3 cup of coffee--and then listed her favorite coffee shops! :) So many of us are generous with our time, especially online. And I do often meet people in person--usually younger professionals looking for advice who have previously engaged with me online and that I consider friends. What most people don't realize is I'm so busy, I rarely have time to spend with my husband or my friends--I simply don't have time to meet every random person on the internet for coffee!
2 months ago on If You Pick My Brain, I’ll Have a Hole In My Head
I love that you're virtual now. I've done it for five years---and managed as many as three employees at a time. They loved it. Now, I just have one intern, and we meet every couple of weeks. Generally just to catch up. What I love most--in addition to not having to put on real girl clothes and make-up and then commuting--is the control over my schedule. Today, I took got up at 7am, took a class at 9am, ran for six miles, went home, had lunch, worked for a few hours, then came back to the studio for a class, now working before I teach. I love the flexibility with my training schedule and the ability to run errands mid day. I work every day except Saturday, but I don't mind, because I can control when and where and how I work. Only problem is I have a "noisy" co-worker, i.e. Tim. ;) I'm like you--I'm an introvert, so dealing with people is hard--I'm fine if I can socialize online and still get things done. It's also a million times cheaper for overhead (plus, tax deductions for home office), and I get to cook and eat at home more--I often make a big meal during my post lunch or mid-afternoon slump. I honestly don't see the need to force people into a cubicle setting for 8-10 hours a day. I don't (and never did) find that productive. I'm much better on my own.
7 months, 1 week ago on Pros and Cons of a Virtual Office
I just learned so many cool things about you! Love connecting with your heritage. My grandfather's parents were from Slovenia, and he never taught the language to his kids (my mom and aunt)--kind of regret that. I'm obsessed with family history, so I love that idea for a book! And you already make a dent in the universe!! :)
10 months ago on 10 Things I Want To Do Before I Die
OMG, seriously. Same for runners, too. NO ONE--and I mean NO ONE--in Atlanta stops or even looks turning right. Red light, stop sign, cross walk--doesn't matter. You'd best wait for the intersection to clear or make sure you have made eye contact with the driver (and that there's not anyone behind him/her) and the go-ahead before crossing. Forget crosswalks in this town. When they exist, people just plow through them at 60 mph. And it's bad enough drivers do it to me (I'm healthy and can sprint across), but when they nearly run down a 80 year old lady carrying her groceries across the street, I get pissed. A good friend of mind was hit in a crosswalk at a red light nearly two years ago and in a coma for a week. She made a miraculous recovery (after being in a spinal rehab center for nearly a year, quitting school and losing nearly nine months of memory), but it's scary. Being a runner and being married to a cyclist (no, I'm not going over to the dark side--I'll go back to swimming first!) has made me a much more mindful driver.
p.s. I love how many times you wrote "freaking" in this post.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Seven Tips for Sharing the Road with Cyclists
Some of my favorites on here--The Bell Jar, Me Talk Pretty One Day, the Bluest Eye. English geeks unite. :)
11 months, 1 week ago on Gini Dietrich's 10 Favorite Books (aka Margie gets the smack-down)
First of all, thanks for reminding me that I am old, because I totally remember those Bacon's books. Second of all, the important thing about a good pitch formed out of a quality relationship (or at least enough research to start and build one) is that it starts a dialogue. I hardly ever get "no" or no response from journalists--instead, we immediately begin a conversation about how we can make it the best story possible. I actually just landed a huge media sponsorship for a client because I've kept in touch with the magazine's publisher for over a year online, re-posted her content regularly, met her for coffee (which was generous on her part) and waited until I had the exact right fit to approach her (and the approach was editorial--the sponsorship was an extra gesture on her part). A year's worth of work with a huge payoff for everyone involved. And wouldn't have been accomplished if I'd been sending her crap and/or mass emails during that time or hadn't stopped to get to know her.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on How to Pitch a Story Like a Pro and Get Results Every Time
Preach on, Justin! I had the same revelation on vacation. Especially since I have now added Pilates teacher training (700 hours of certification) to my regular PR job, AND I don't have to sit in an office or have a boss breathing down my neck, I have to be so careful about my time. I like being social, but there's no point half-tweeting and half-working until 1am and waking up tired the next day to show for it. That, and my husband and I are both workaholics AND he travels twice a month (at least), and we were barely talking to each other in the same house! Yesterday, I set boundaries around work--finished my to do list by 5pm, made dinner from scratch and was in bed by 10pm. I'm going to bookmark this post to re-read weekly!
1 year, 4 months ago on Working hard vs working smart
Thinking about it! :) arikhanson
1 year, 5 months ago on What's on your PR bucket list?
Oh, this is so good! And I love that they align with your passions and interests, rather than specific pubs. My wheels are turning!
ginidietrich Um, why have you not shared this clone thing before?? I need to get in on this. And I don't do coffee either. But I'm not nearly as productive!! Justin, you're making your impact on your own little patch of the world. No need to be like any one else. But, if you're going to be someone else, Gini is a good pick. Just send me your email so I can text you non-stop. :)
1 year, 10 months ago on Why I Hate @UnMarketing and @GiniDietrich
Love this! Creating a PR Plan. I think another on maximizing PR efforts for smaller clients with smaller budgets. Not everyone's a Fortune 500. How can we help them manage expectations and get the most bang for their buck.
2 years, 3 months ago on Choose Your Own prTini Adventure
Congrats, Heather! It's hard to believe it's only been a year! And I had no idea you had a background in politics. I was a poli sci major, so I'm geeking out a bit. ;)
I think we share a lot of the same traits, which is why you're one of my favorite friends and mentors. I would add "risk taking." The first few years of business are hard--it's just as easy to get smug and feel safe with the status quo as it is to be overwhelmed and beat yourself up when you make mistakes or take a wrong turn. But I've learned so much from taking risks, trying new things and learning from them.
Cheers to year one and best wishes for many, many more!
2 years, 5 months ago on One Year Later: My
jennalanger ginidietrich Hey Jenna--thanks for your response! Just have fat fingers, and I'm a perfectionist! But totally understand why you wouldn't want people erasing entire comments. Great job--love what you're doing, and Gini raves about you!
2 years, 6 months ago on TSA X-Rays, Enhanced Pat-Downs, and Traveling
ginidietrich I want to correct my typos!! But otherwise, love this comment system!
Oh, girl I hear you. As the ex of an airline employee, I've spent entirely too much time in airports dealing with completely random and senseless enforcement of "rules." I got hand sanitizer through in my pocket, but they wanted to confiscate about $200 worth of Chanel lip gloss. Hell no.
And I routinely leave liquids in my bags to see if anyone will catch them. No.
We're treated like cattle instead of human beings, and there is no distinction between someone like you or Tim that travel regularly and those people who still don't know you have to take your shoes off. It makes it more maddening and inconvenient for the rest of us. And the worst of it is that none of this makes flying or planes or airports any safter. We're wasting time and money and energy on tights and shampoo instead of the real issue--identifying terrorists and plots before they're executed.
That, and well, if people are willing to use planes as weapons--I doubt removing your belt of confiscating your water bottle is going to thwart them.
Danny, I've been watching this conversation, and I am friends with both you and Chris. I admire the way you both handle healthy debate. And you're right--passion can be construed as anger. Intensity is a good quality, I think. It means you care. And at the end of the day, you're right. We're all just people. And you're one of the good ones. :)
2 years, 6 months ago on Everyone Is Someone’s Child