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@ginidietrich @sherrilynne Disagree. Why should she have to be grounded on the day of a big promotion? Let her walk on air for a day.  Jeez!

1 week, 2 days ago on What Having it All Really Means

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I don't like the anecdote about getting the milk. Indra's mom was being a bit of bully. As we juggle our priorities, we make choices about priorities. But these are our OWN choices. And working women choose what means being a Mom in their own families. Over the years I've had cleaning services, housekeepers, babysitters and nannys helping out. But I've never delegated the laundry. Making sure my family has fresh clean clothes makes me feel like a Mom.  I choose this. Sending anyone out at 10 pm after a long day to get milk is not supportive. It's mean and it's an example of the kinds of behaviour that can wear a working woman down and force her to make detrimental career choices.

1 week, 5 days ago on What Having it All Really Means

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Great post Martin.  I do, however think you boomers are coming around. :-).

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Boomers should approach social media as if it’s rock and roll

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2. Fly Me to the Moon. This little girl is seven years old. That’s all I’m going to say.

I love that she's barefoot.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: How to Fail a Drunk Test and a Genius Child

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4. Three Ways to Fail a Drunk Test. Stuff like this makes me laugh out loud. Every time. The poor guy in the second section of the video? I’ll bet his head hurts tomorrow!

Funny

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: How to Fail a Drunk Test and a Genius Child

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@ginidietrich Did better today at turning off email and social media but still have room for improvement. Pretty much stuck to my list (interestingly ticked of 3 of 4 items). Have emptied my inbox and done my list and work plan for Monday. Feel pretty productive!


So about this day of thinking and doing? Not possible unless you tell me how to bill it.  :-)

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Time Management: Six Tips to Be More Productive and Get Things Done

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@ginidietrich @sherrilynneWell today I got to inbox zero, checked off two things and wrote a priority list for tomorrow. I sucked at turning off social media.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Time Management: Six Tips to Be More Productive and Get Things Done

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OK. I'll do as you say for today and tomorrow and will report back.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Time Management: Six Tips to Be More Productive and Get Things Done

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@biggreenpen  I love sidenotes! 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on From Optimist to Optimize: The Future of PR?

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I agree with all points made.  No surprise.  That's why Martin and I enjoy working together! 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on From Optimist to Optimize: The Future of PR?

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Deffo will make time to read The Atlantic story.  Thanks for the tip. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on A Reading Assignment: Five Articles You Should Read this Week

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As a video producer, I’ve been approached on several occasions by business owners and executives who were looking for someone to produce a viral video for them.

Countless times I've had clients ask not for a 'video' but for a 'viral video'. The word 'viral' seems to be used interchangeably with 'for web'.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on You Don’t Need A Viral Video

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@Kristinesimpson  Even if you were to talk about your achievements all the time, you could never be boring. You are too damned smart. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Women Can’t Be Awesome: What’s Really the Root of the Problem

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Totally love this sidenote function. It changes everything! 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Women Can’t Be Awesome: What’s Really the Root of the Problem

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We have to train ourselves to support women and let them talk about their achievements without scorning them.

Can we scorn men who are talking about their own achievements? (See my comment about re: boring brother in law).

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Women Can’t Be Awesome: What’s Really the Root of the Problem

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We have to fight instinct and behave, act, and say things differently.

Disagree. Would you really like to behave like men? I like being me. Different.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Women Can’t Be Awesome: What’s Really the Root of the Problem

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It’s not that we don’t lean in or we’re bossy or we don’t negotiate.

My husband's advice to me: Remember for men everything is a competition. The world is divided into winners and losers and if you are not winning, you're losing.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Women Can’t Be Awesome: What’s Really the Root of the Problem

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It’s a sad look at how little progress we really have made in the empowerment of women…and it’s something Jeannie and I both experience daily with our beloved male counterparts.

Me too.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Women Can’t Be Awesome: What’s Really the Root of the Problem

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And it won’t come across as arrogant or bragging. It’s well-accepted that men can talk about how great they are without being jerks.

My brother in law talks about his work at family gatherings. It's boring. I avoid it.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Women Can’t Be Awesome: What’s Really the Root of the Problem

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When Jeannie Walters and I get together, we solve all of the world’s problems, talk about empowerment for women, strategize toward Global Domination, and daydream about living on an island.

I have lived on an island. It's not all it's cracked up to be.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Women Can’t Be Awesome: What’s Really the Root of the Problem

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I get a one or two requests like that every week.  I have never accepted.  Why would anyone? 

6 months ago on Guest Blogging: A Change in the Google Algorithm

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My kids used to cry when I sang to them too.  But for quite a different reason, I think. #dontgiveupmydayjob

8 months, 1 week ago on Gin and Topics: Sad Clown and Wicked Dance Moves

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Going forward we'll leverage state-of-the-art cutting-edge solutions.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Business Jargon: Just Say No!

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Gini, traditional mainstream news media is on its knees because it can't figure out a paid-for model that works, so don't beat yourself up over a couple of flops. :-)

9 months, 1 week ago on The ROI of Blogging: Brand Awareness and Reputation Generate Revenue

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I'm just catching up with Mad Men now. I'm in the 4th season.  The lesson for me is to not to be afraid to take bold steps.  Don's 'Why I'm giving up tobacco' open letter is and excellent example.  Think big.  Take risks.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Agency lessons I learned from Mad Men

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I love Audible too. It fills my insomniac nights and makes my bus commute bearable.  I'm currently reading hard back version of Lean In at your suggestion.  Thanks!

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Create In-Depth Articles to Increase Your Google Authority

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@lauraclick @sherrilynne @belllindsay Yes, but I was wrong side of 40 when this happened.  Certainly not a girl.  More of a hardened business professional, I'd say. 

11 months ago on The Double Standard in Women’s Equality is Alive and Well

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At the risk of repeating myself I hate, hate, hate, hate that gender in the work place is still an  issue for discussion in 2013...my mother said it would be different for me.  I thought it could be.  And it was a bit...I found I could 'have it all'.  All the bills, all the work, all the responsibility. 

Maybe this lean in movement will make the difference for our daughters and granddaughters.  I was shocked a couple a months ago when I arrived at a client event and the head of a government department, a woman with a very responsible job, announced 'Here are the PR Girls'.  Me, a mere girl, who according to Bridget Jones, spends the day fannying about with a press release.  Who knew?! 

Come on people, men and women alike..let's all lean in!

11 months ago on The Double Standard in Women’s Equality is Alive and Well

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@ginidietrich @sherrilynne I'll put it on my reading list.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on What the Opt-Out Generation Means Longer-Term

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Everything you say in this post makes perfect sense.  I agree with it all.  But I do despair that we are still having these conversations in 2013.  Back in the 70s they told us things were going to be different for women from now on...how wrong they were. I do hope things will be different for my Granddaughter.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on What the Opt-Out Generation Means Longer-Term

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@ginidietrich @sherrilynne Chuffed is good. :-)

12 months ago on #FollowFriday: Bob LeDrew

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Bob was one of the first PR bloggers I ever 'met' online way back in 2006 when I was first living in the Isle of Man.  I was chuffed to find such a smart blogger from my own home town. I actually met him two years later at the United Way Ottawa Schmoozefest and we got on like a house on fire.  Since I moved back to Ottawa almost two years ago, Bob and I see each other often at industry events and meet ups.  He never fails to make me LOL with his rapier wit and I learn something new from every conversation with Bob.  Good pick Gini! 

12 months ago on #FollowFriday: Bob LeDrew

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Good advice here.  Thanks for compiling this list.

1 year ago on 13 Tips for Aspiring Writers

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Really great advice here. I"m sharing this post with my team.

1 year ago on Oh Snap, Can I (Legally) Use That Photo?

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@LSSocialEngage I think if you read the post you know my deets :-)

1 year, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Sherrilynne Starkie

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@dwaynealicie I have a time travel machine that keeps me young.  I'm a bit like Dr. Who. :-)

1 year, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Sherrilynne Starkie

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@EdenSpodek @sherrilynne <blush>  I was a child bride (said in a Blanch Dubois voice).

1 year, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Sherrilynne Starkie

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@LSSocialEngage @sherrilynne Let's meet up for a cuppa.

1 year, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Sherrilynne Starkie

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@bobledrew @ginidietrich @Howie Goldfarb Bob you crack me up.  <giggles>

1 year, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Sherrilynne Starkie

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@JoeCardillo Keep it flexible.  Don't over plan.  Look head about three days only and you'll have a lovely, stress free time.

1 year, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Sherrilynne Starkie

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@belllindsay You may be confusing perception with age. :-)

1 year, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Sherrilynne Starkie

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@Howie Goldfarb @ginidietrich @MartinWaxman @sherrilynne Never contracted camel fleas, actually!

1 year, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Sherrilynne Starkie

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@RobBiesenbach @sherrilynne nope, but it was 20 weeks.  A great adventure!

1 year, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Sherrilynne Starkie

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@Howie Goldfarb @Lara Wellman @sherrilynne Ottawa is my hometown and I have lots of family here. I do love the west coast though!  Maybe when I retire?

1 year, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Sherrilynne Starkie

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@Howie Goldfarb @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes I"d like to state that the two pairs of shoes rule only applies when travelling.  I have a significant number of pairs (more than I ever actually wear) at home.

1 year, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Sherrilynne Starkie

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@suzemuse The feeling is mutual!

1 year, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Sherrilynne Starkie

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I didn't know that anyone thought that mainstream media coverage can't drive sales. Anyone who says that is wrong.

1 year, 1 month ago on Traditional Media Relations and Real Measurable Results

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I'm just new to Triberr but I'm loving using it as my reader.  I've found so many great bloggers in my space too.

1 year, 1 month ago on Triberr Is Blogger Treasure

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Of course this makes perfect sense. However, I've worked in five different agencies during my carreer and getting people to use thier time tracker is always a challenge. #lapluscachange

1 year, 1 month ago on The Importance of Tracking Time and Other PR Firm Essentials

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"No tweet is an island".  Love it! I'm using it!

1 year, 1 month ago on Social Stories: How to Use Storytelling on Twitter

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"We’ll find so much raw material at hand, we won’t know what to do with it." This is often the case with clients.  They think their stories are just 'normal life' and that no one would care; they are actually quite extraordinary stories of struggle and acheivement. Sometimes it takes a consultant or agency to point this out.

1 year, 1 month ago on The Long and the Short of It: What PR Can Learn From Good Short Stories

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I just finally met @EdenSpodek at Social Capital Ottawa last weekend.  Glad to know her.

1 year, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Eden Spodek

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I really do hope I ended up on the right list Lindsay. It was great meeting you. :-)

1 year, 1 month ago on I’m OK, You’re OK: Social Friendship and Gut Instincts

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You are right, things are changing, but for many PR firms the virtual model just doesn't work out. I think it's partly because PR people are social beasts...we like to be around people. At TF part of my job is to mentor staff members and help them in the learning of the craft. I find being there physically is pretty much essential for this reason.

1 year, 1 month ago on The PR Firm of the Future

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@KenMueller @sherrilynne Yes.  And your results are impressive, especially in terms of media interest!

1 year, 1 month ago on 5 Things I Learned from Publishing Nothing but List Posts for a Month

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I dream of this intern. Thanks for posting :-)

1 year, 1 month ago on Five Ways YOU Can Be a Dream PR Intern

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I think you've confirmed what I already knew, but I'm glad you shared the results of your experiment.  I'm sharing this post with my team.

1 year, 1 month ago on 5 Things I Learned from Publishing Nothing but List Posts for a Month

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I think we follow these rules of our Third Tuesday Ottawa group. Thanks for the benchmark!

1 year, 1 month ago on Five Lessons From Building an Online and Offline #Community by @KamiChat

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Made me smile. Thanks!

1 year, 1 month ago on Cartoon of the day

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Gini, I loved your keynote and learned a few new tricks. Thanks for coming up to Social Capital

1 year, 1 month ago on Building a Community: What’s the Secret Sauce?

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Keywords remain fundamental to content marketing. Great advice here.  Thanks.

1 year, 2 months ago on Finding Keywords: The First Step to Blogging Success

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Great philosphy. I always read your  FF features.

1 year, 3 months ago on How Our #FollowFriday Recommendations Work

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Brands underutilized Instagram. Some great advice here. Thanks for this post.

1 year, 3 months ago on 4 Free Tools to Measure Your Instagram Success

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I've already bought my ticket, so I'll give everyone else the chance to win.  (PS  I'm one of the one in three)

1 year, 9 months ago on Brand Canada: so what is a "Canadian"? 10 quirky facts.

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@_TonyAhn_ I'll try it out over the weekend.  Thanks for the tip.

1 year, 11 months ago on 7 SEO Principles Bloggers Must Remember

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I should delete all my old articles?  Really. But that's a lot of work and a lot of history?

1 year, 11 months ago on 7 SEO Principles Bloggers Must Remember

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 @ginidietrich

 In this case the man in question got up at a charity ball and plugged another charity.  I called him out for his bad manners.  Turns out he was just too dumb to understand what he did was wrong. 

1 year, 11 months ago on Blogging Mistakes Equal Lessons Learned

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This is one of the reasons why I shy away from anything too controversial when blogging. I've made mistakes too, in the past.  On one occasion, I was a little too forthcoming with my opinion about a speaker at a charity event. He gave a truly awful speech.  Lawyers got involved.  People were offended.  It cost me a client.  Oh well eh?  Live and learn. :-)

1 year, 11 months ago on Blogging Mistakes Equal Lessons Learned

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Makes me shake my head.  Some people don't have a clue.

1 year, 12 months ago on The Chick-fil-A PR Crisis

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 @ginidietrich

 Your situation is atypical.  Until men step up...women really cant's have it all.

2 years ago on Women Can’t Have it All? Change the Conversation!

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I share your views on this. But what you don't mention is the demand put upon working women outside the office.  For the most part women do most of the household chores, shopping, child care, elder care etc. When are the men going to step up and become true partners?

2 years ago on Women Can’t Have it All? Change the Conversation!

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Great post Martin. I think I would have liked your Dad if I had been lucky enough to meet him.

2 years, 1 month ago on A bolt of wisdom – business lessons from the fabric store

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I didn't know you were a blogger.  Glad I found you!

2 years, 3 months ago on Humanistic roots to PR? A McLuhanesque probe

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I vacillate between feelings of  shock and hopelessness when I see news like this.  I'm shocked to think such stuff still goes one.  I am resigned the fact that women will not achieve true equality in my lifetime. Just yesterday the local news did a whole feature on a girl that works in a Mr Lube...the story could have been right out of 1972.  Sigh. 

2 years, 3 months ago on Augusta National Faces Scrutiny on “No Women” Rule

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It's funny what you say about introverts. I've noticed the same. The guys that are most 'wallflowerish' at an event are often the ones most active on Twitter. Excellent tip Gini!

2 years, 5 months ago on Social Media Use At Work

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Good post Martin.

2 years, 5 months ago on Is PR going through the social media motions?

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I totally agree with you about email marketing. It's still an effective channel, when the marketing was done right.

2 years, 5 months ago on Eight Social Media Trends for 2012

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It doesn't seem like 'new' media relations to me. But I've been preaching this gospel for seven years now. :-) I love your 'live our name' point. Let that be our mantra from now on.

2 years, 5 months ago on The face of a new media company

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Your tip no. 5 is not insignificant. Now you have to give us some advice on how to be all those things! :-)

2 years, 5 months ago on 'We do social media...'

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I dare you to stick to Bing ;-)

2 years, 5 months ago on Meet my new personal assistant

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My work with companies convinces me the big issue is fear of things they can't control. It's not a rational fear, I know. But that's usually the issue.

2 years, 9 months ago on 70% of Companies Ignore Customer Complaints on Twitter

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This post is both good and disappointing. It's good that you take your time to offer tips and advice to candidates. It's good that you remain optimistic enough to make the effort to educate supposedly bright people about the bleeding obvious. However it's disappointing that you have to. I'm afaid I'm more of a cynic than you. Here are some tips I put together out of frustration well over a year ago http://sherrilynnestarkie.com/2009/05/31/top-tips-to-get-a-job-in-pr/

3 years, 7 months ago on First Impression: Eight Ways to Avoid a Bad One

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