Monthly Archives: January 2011

Three social media tips for PR managers

On Friday, the Canadian Council of Public Relations Firms presented a PR bootcamp with presentations and panels led by some of Toronto’s agency leaders. The sessions included talks on motivating and challenging staff, selling PR to senior management and pitching to win. … Continue reading

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Publish or perish

That’s an expression from the hallowed halls of academe.  Young profs looking to secure a tenured position were expected to write and publish research in scholarly journals to build a profile and move ahead. How does this apply to PR? … Continue reading

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C.C. stands for compelling content

There are some people like C.C. Chapman whose passion is infectious. Even when he disagrees with someone, he says it with a smile and in such a way that the other person feels like they’ve been treated with respect and … Continue reading

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A few nuggets from the editor of the Harvard Business Review

At the recent Counselors Academy excomm meeting, I had the pleasure to take part in an intimate roundtable discussion with Karen Dillon, editor of the Harvard Business Review. Karen was smart (as you’d imagine), open, candid and offered some thought-provoking comments I wanted … Continue reading

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From the desk of Counselors Academy

This week I’m in New York for the Counselors Academy winter board – or excomm – meeting (that’s executive committee). I’ve said it many times, but Counselors is one the gems of the PR industry; where agency leaders get together and … Continue reading

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Closing the curtains on the Fabric Centre

I grew up in the family business: fabric and drapery stores in Winnipeg that my parents founded. To us the Fabric Centre was more than a retail operation, it was like another sibling and everyone in my family both lived … Continue reading

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Agency lessons I learned from Mad Men

… how to stock my office bar,  tips on merging two firms in 72 hours, the importance of ice  … OK, I’m a bit late to the series, but I got Mad Men seasons one and two as a Christmas gift … Continue reading

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Be it resolved…

Yes, it’s that time of year when we come up with those life-alterning pronouncements that most people abandon pretty darn fast. That said, I read an interesting post by Gretchen Rubin on tips to help you keep your New Year’s … Continue reading

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Reading that makes me want to write

The holidays are almost over. And one of the things I enjoy the most is the extra time I have to enjoy a novel or two. The best fiction of course, like the best of anything, is subjective.  It creates a … Continue reading

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