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@ginidietrich @TaraGeissinger @RegisDudley The story is legend in FH circles. I also use it during media training, sans client/agency name. :-)
4 months ago on There is No Such Thing as Off-the-Record
@ginidietrich @AmyMccTobin Or as I tell clients during media training--never write or say anything you wouldn't want to see scroll across a Times Square news ticker.
When I was a working journalist, I would on rare occasion go "off the record," but that only meant the source wouldn't be used in the story. I would simply find another way to report the information. And the only people I had this agreement with were the secretaries and janitors. They are the best sources but the most vulnerable.
Love it. I grew up (professionally speaking) in a newsroom. I can't work without CNN or some news channel in the background. Add in a ringing phone, creative cussing, and a screaming match between reporter and copy editor over the proper use of a comma (Oxford vs. AP) and I can write for hours.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Coffitivity: Coffee Shop Noise and Creativity
@ginidietrich @ClayMorgan I think the reason "we're" so hard on people like Paula Deen for racists comments is because we really haven't addressed the root problem of racism in this country. We can castigate Paula and others who use that word and then point to ourselves and say, "see, we're not racist. We condemn racism" without ever having to address the fact that we are not a color blind society, that we all see race, and that institutional biases exists throughout our society. Sadly, I have no idea how to change any of this, but I know trampling Paula Deen isn't it.
And yeah, I know this has nothing to do with PR or crisis communications.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Paula Deen: A Lesson in Crisis Communications
@JayDolan @Keena Lykins Abbey has figured out how to open the windows in the car and barks at me if I use the child-lock. She loves feeling the wind in her face.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on The Five Stages of Writing a #FollowFriday Post
Love the stick figures and can totally relate. The only person I can think to recommend is my snarky, smart-ased dog.
@Robb Wexler @Keena Lykins @ginidietrich They can't hitch hike or text, although I hear Apple is working on an iFlipper to solve that problem.
8 months ago on How Our #FollowFriday Recommendations Work
@Robb Wexler @ginidietrich @Keena Lykins Way to frustrate a creature without opposable thumbs, Robb.
@ginidietrich Post with a Purpose. That's what I tell my clients. I normally ignore FF but thanks for the reminder that it can be a useful tool.
8 months, 1 week ago on How Our #FollowFriday Recommendations Work
@ginidietrich @KristenDaukas Now that's interesting, Gini. Do they work while traveling, i.e. they go to Florida and lay on the beach but still check in and handle hot items before heading out for the night?
8 months, 1 week ago on Treat People Like Adults and You’ll Have High Productivity
@NancyD68 @HowieG @bdorman264 @ginidietrich And personally I prefer that people surf Facebook over porn sites.
@ginidietrich I stole toilet paper from the college conference center when I was in college. But then I was so poor I couldn't afford it otherwise.
I think this goes back to the earlier discussion about the illusion of being in control. Just as companies can't control the conversation about their brands, they can't control employees. Employees are either going to be honest, productive and valuable or they will game the system, steal pens and waste resources. You can't control their behavior, just your reaction, which means promoting the good ones and sending the bad ones out to "seek new opportunities."
@LauraPetrolino @ginidietrich @Word NinjaDad wanted to name me Sissy Marie. Mom said that sounded like a cow's name. She wanted a girl named Keena since she was young. She even named my older brother Kevin so it would be a K name to go with Keena.
8 months, 1 week ago on Belly Ballot Hoax: Communication Gone Wrong
The second greatest lie is "It's under control." It's never under control.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Belly Ballot Hoax: Communication Gone Wrong
@stevenmcoyle I think her age is a factor only that 20-somethings look at what appropriate for social media differently than some of us who are older. No, not all 20somethings would post what she did nor would all 40somethings NOT post what she did. Anyone can 'go rogue' although my questions are did she see it as going rogue or did she just tweet without thinking about the implications?
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Three Things You Can Learn about Social Media from HMV
Poppy is 21. She grew up with social media and the idea that the private is public. She and her peers (say 7 years in either direction) post photos, comments, links, etc., that we older and wiser (and probably more paranoid) folks wouldn't. One of the first mantras I learned was never be photographed with a drink in your hand. Now some will post photos with kegs, bongs, etc. and think nothing of it. It's a living experiment as to whether it will affect their careers.
We applaud protestors who use social media to organized rallies, air a regime's dirty laundry and bring change to their country. We write editorials against the powers that be when they shut down accounts or the Internet. On a smaller scale, Poppy used social media to shed light on what she thought was unfair treatment. I am not defending her actions, but in all this talk about passwords and protecting accounts I think the bigger issue is company executives need to understand that their actions will be under social media scrutiny regardless of who holds the keys to the account and embrace transparency. This is a cautionary tale for us to take back to clients, reminding them that the best defense against bad PR is transparency and to do the right thing.
But it's also a reminder to know where the keys are just in case.
@ginidietrich @itsjessicann OMG, my puppy is so used to me being around all the time, she gets wigged out if I change my schedule, i.e. work in the kitchen rather then desk or use the treadmill desk in the morning rather than the afternoon. Maybe we need a puppies-at-home support group.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Getting Things Done: Why Working at Home is Better
@ginidietrich @Tinu What type of headphones do you use? I've never thought about them before, but now I'm wondering if they would be helpful.