Mary Deming Barber
Comm/PR professional building community within social media; eager to learn and help. Alaska Mom of 2 college boys.
@kamichat Ha...Maybe. ;-)
2 weeks, 1 day ago on The 7 commandments of the Solo PR Summit
Arik, I am SO laughing. Glad you learned your lesson too. It's true...thou shall not blow off dinner with PR ladies.
Great to meet you IRL. I look forward to more conversations. And I agree with your assessment of the conference.
I look forward to next year all!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on The 7 commandments of the Solo PR Summit
I wish this was only a PR firm issue. Others follow the same practices. I know folks looking for more than a year who have heard back from very few companies. It doesn't seem that hard to be courteous but there are days I wonder. M
4 months ago on PR hiring managers: Please read this post
@geoffwelch I hear you on the Facebook thing. It can be annoying when you're tracking it so closely. When we meet IRL, I'll have to show you my "system." It sounds like you have something similar though and the important thing is it works for you.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on You only Keep the Relationships You Manage
@geoffwelch The Thanks Fairbanks campaign is a great way for people to see 1) the importance of saying thank you and 2) how a small business can support the community. Thanks for doing it.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Relationships Remain Key to Success
I join the chorus here Gini. Thanks for such a great explanation. You're always so "johnny on the spot."
5 months, 1 week ago on Hummingbird Update: What it Means for PR Pros
@shelisrael No problem Shel. It was my first typewriter as well. I had trouble unloading it 8 years later when it was already worthless. I guess people forgot how "high end" the corrected cartridge models were. I'm glad you had the same one. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and hope sales go through the roof for you guys.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Context is Everything…and it Will Become Even More So
@KarenD.Swim Thanks Karen. You're pointing out exactly why i really liked this book. The technology really fascinates and scares me. The book helped assuage the scary feelings and embrace some of what's coming. Still apprehensive but I think you'll really like the book.
@geoffwelch I agree with you Geoff and think sometimes we forget that companies are made up of people so they really don't need to reinvent in public. (Note I did NOT say companies ARE people as that's another subject entirely)
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Engagement Is Critical for Today’s Communicators. Getting there is Hard.
@dariasteigman I definitely think amplification and immediacy are issues in social media. I think that's what makes it especially hard to tackle too. It's easy of us to get caught up in that immediacy and not wait to respond as we could do with email.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Online Bullies – Are They Really That Different From Regular Bullies?
@3HatsComm I agree Davina about the fact versus subjective discussion. That can often be the crux of the problem and why it's best to walk away. But when we see the same people over and over it can be terribly difficult. Listening, and hearing, are skills we all need to work on.
@KarenD.Swim Thanks for reading Karen. I agree that this is only a growing problem. I would like to think those who are bullying will see posts like this and CivilNation but I fear they won't. We need to keep pushing for change and also support those who are being bullied.
7 months ago on Online Bullies – Are They Really That Different From Regular Bullies?
@ayatlin I love that you and Ermalina are attending that session and hope you'll write about it on your blog.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on How Teaching a Language and Vine Go Hand in Hand
@Shonali A younger Shonali might not have called him on it but that's also what makes this post powerful. It shows "younger Shonalis" that they CAN do it and not suffer. In fact, they are praised by their colleagues for doing so.
8 months ago on When Social Media Freed the Inadvertent Bigot
What a wonderful post and an example of how social media "frees" us to say what we wish but definitely doesn't free us from the thoughtlessness of our remarks. I believe you handled this really well and applaud you for doing so.
8 months, 1 week ago on When Social Media Freed the Inadvertent Bigot
@ginidietrich I agree. I thought my heart had already sunk pretty low with the news itself but it went so much lower with that.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Rest in Peace, Arthur Yann
Well said Gini. Arthur is one of those friends you kind of take for granted. You know he's there when you need him. I'm counting on continuing to guide all of us as we tackle the big challenges in his name. A very good soul lost way too soon. I am sad on so many levels but especially for the lights of his life Amy and little Sofia, whose third birthday party was to be Saturday.
@RobBiesenbach I'll figure out a way to message you my phone number just in case you have time.
9 months, 1 week ago on Why Mediocre Writing Is All Jane Austen’s Fault
@RobBiesenbach What a small small word Rob. You are correct that this year was pretty miserable. It snowed just two weeks ago which was really not okay, but did break the record for the longest snow season. Last year we broke the record for the amount of snow so a lot of us who aren't "from here" are pretty grumpy. Fun that you come up every year. If you have time for coffee let me know. It's always fun to meet people IRL.
@Shonali @RobBiesenbach thanks for the shootout Shonali, both in the post and here. I've been terribly behind on my reading. Work is busy, but more importantly here in Alaska, the sun is out! No one wants to be inside. That post was fun to write and maybe needs a new revision like you've written here. If I read pieces such as you've discussed here I find myself thoroughly doubting the entire piece. I don't understand why people can't just research it and then say it.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Mediocre Writing Is All Jane Austen’s Fault