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Why do so many people suck at communications?

“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate…” Who doesn’t remember that famous line from Cool Hand Luke? It’s one of those iconic, ironic phrases that uses few words to convey so much. And it resonates with those of … Continue reading

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In praise of bad ideas, not bad judgment

We’ve all heard the expression: there are no bad ideas. And you know something? That is just. not. true. There are some awful ideas out there. Real stinkers. But many times absolutely ridiculous-sounding, bottom of the barrel sludge can become … Continue reading

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Supercharged storytelling for startups at SXSWV2V: 10 ways to get started

These days it’s not enough to be in the news, you need to create, produce and share it. And in order to do that you need to think like a newsroom and amplify stories via social and digital channels. We … Continue reading

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How to think like a newsroom and a producer at SXSWV2V

Here’s how it used to happen: You created a business and wanted to shout that to the world. Or maybe you had big product launch or some important company news. You wanted to get the word out there and generate some … Continue reading

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Social Media Barometer at the IABC World Conference

Earlier in the month, I had the opportunity to present my Social Media Barometer to a roomful of communicators at the IABC World Conference, an event with a truly international flavour and smart people from around the globe. And I’d like … Continue reading

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South by Southwest 2014: human spam, power poses and crowdsourced comedy

If you’ve never been to South by Southwest, the annual social media and interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, it’s tough to describe the combination of laid-back-high-tech energy that makes the Festival standout. Austin, a charming college town, may not the … Continue reading

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Six things that will be on my mind in 2014

Well, we’re starting 2014 with a polar vortex that swooped in on North America and caused frigid below zero temperatures across much of the continent. The polar vortex is one of the things I’ve learned so far in January. I also learned … Continue reading

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The difference between creation and re-creation

Tradition is a powerful force (and not just in Broadway musicals). It’s given us many great gifts including holidays, rituals, beliefs… And punctuation. However, tradition can also be a bit clingy. Or we are when it comes to it.

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PR: what the industry can expect in the next 10 years

Not too long ago, Greg Satell, a blogger for Forbes, listed several trends he expects the marketing industry to experience in the next decade. I liked his insights and thought I’d try to add a PR industry slant to his predictions. … Continue reading

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It’s time for millennials to teach boomers a thing or five

I was talking to a neighbour not too long ago. She’s a first or second year lawyer with a big corporate firm. She asked me what I did and when I told her, said she doesn’t use social media at … Continue reading

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