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Farewell to Arthur Yann, APR

Last Thursday night, Arthur Yann, Vice President of Public Relations for the Public Relations Society of America, was doing something most of us do every day. He was commuting home from a long day at work when he suffered a massive heart attack and passed away. He was only 48. Just a few months younger …

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Sunday Coffee Contemplations: Advertising’s Struggle for Relevance

At first, I thought this post would be about the dangers of thinking a particular communication tool, social media, is the strategy. But as I reread Scott Elser’s column in Inc., “Is Social Media Advertising or PR,” I realized it’s the desperation of advertising’s search for relevance in an environment that is increasingly becoming adept …

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Staples Stepping Over the Privacy Line?

Yesterday, I visited Staples.com to check the price of an item before heading over to my local store. Today, I received this in my email: I understand the need for cookies to allow pages to load faster – I get it, I truly do. But I was on a brand new computer that I’d never …

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I Don’t Need Memory, I Have the Internet!

I don’t need memory, I have the Internet! A recently graduated friend of mine surprised me with this statement some time back. At first, I laughed it off as just one more difference between my Baby Boomer self and those of the “Connected Generation,” but the more I think about it, the more I have …

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Off But Yet On Topic: The 10 Things I Want to Do Before I Die

Thanks to one of my favorite PR people/bloggers, Gini Dietrich and her blog Spin Sucks, I was treated to a very thought-provoking blog post from Jayme Soulati (@Soulati) on hopes, dreams and wishes, both unfulfillable and yet to be fulfilled. Jayme decided to use her blog to ponder whether we are satisfied with our lives’ …

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Survival Tips for the Solo PR Practitioner

Being fortunate enough to be a speaker at the PRSA Midwest District Conference in Chicago on July 19-20, I spent some time pulling together some survival tips for PR freelancers, based on my experiences with my partners in launching Quicksilver Edge Strategic Communications:

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What We Have Here is a Failure to THINK – Susan G. Komen and Sunday Coffee Contemplations

Could the ongoing Komen PR crisis have been avoided? Yes, simply by taking a step back and THINKING before acting. Komen didn’t take the time to THINK the situation through, to examine their actions from beyond the insiders’ perspective, and so they didn’t anticipate the overpowering backlash against their decision that resulted. Instead of remaining …

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PR New Year’s Resolutions – Sunday Coffee Contemplations

Happy New Year! It’s time for the obligatory New Year’s resolutions, which as one cartoon I spotted briefly last night and now can’t find, explained as a set of guidelines for the first week of January. I’m starting 2012 with a little more willpower than that, I hope. So to play my part in this …

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Six PR Skills in Short Supply – Sunday Christmas Coffee Contemplations

The end of the year is customarily a time for reflection on the past and prognostications for the future. This past week, PR maven (such an inadequate and overused word for someone who’s so much more) Gini Dietrich posted a list of six skills that every PR pro needs in this digital world on her …

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My Brother’s Keeper: When a Colleague Crosses the Line – Sunday Coffee Contemplations

What responsibility do you as an ethical public relations professional have when a colleague crosses the boundary and engages in unethical behavior? And no, I’m not referring to the child sex abuse situation at Penn State, but another ethical situation that slipped in under the radar this weekend: The case of Mike Winder, the director …

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