A panoramic view

Working in communication roles is a massive challenge and yet many of us still do it and more than that we enjoy doing it. Why is this when the pressure is huge and the demands are ever increasing? There are few departments in any organisation that are expected to know the intricate workings of the […]

Samsung: A PR disaster or operational crisis?

I was listening to a news report this morning that was talking about the problems that Samsung are having with the Galaxy Note 7. Towards the end of the article the reporter uttered the immortal phrase ‘this is a PR disaster for Samsung’. It is a phrase used a lot to describe something that has […]

Coffee, croissants and a taste for risk

I had an unusual breakfast this morning, not because of the choice of food but the location, company and discussion. The breakfast meeting was organised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and will be featured in a future edition of Influence magazine. So I won’t go into the detail of the discussion that […]

Keep the chat going

I got involved in a regular Tuesday night Twitterchat about strategic marketing communication subjects, with the hashtag #smxchat. Interestingly, tonight’s subject was about chats and who does them, the benefits and the pitfalls of organising and taking part in them. I have to confess that I have always loved taking part in online chats particularly […]

Fluffy or just finding the positive? – the PR stereotype

Everyone working in public relations has suffered the jibes about it being fluffy and about balloon releases. It is a stereotype that has been developed and taken hold over many years. The portrayal of PR people on television hasn’t helped the situation and has reinforced this view. We have to work hard to change this […]

Understand the comms team

Those in the know have said that Steve Jobs read all the press release issued by Apple. It may sound as if that is obsessive behaviour for a CEO but there is more to it than that. In the early days of any organisation the brand and the image that are portrayed are essential to […]

A sixth PR personality type

I read an interesting article today about the top five PR personality types by Chris Norton which outlined them as creative, plate-spinner, eternal optimist, networking extraordinaire and trend chaser. I think it misses one really key type that every PR and communication team needs – the doer. The doer is the person who can be […]

Building a future or telling a story?

I saw an interesting tweet today that said the role of CEO now needed them to be ‘chief storyteller’. It sounds like a phrase that hits all the latest fads and trends in communication. I have written before about the importance of telling stories to humans and how it can bring us together, making us […]

Interest and intrigue: a reply to Bob Leaf

The past 10 days have been momentous for many reasons and we look like there is still more interest and intrigue ahead. Today I read with interest a blog by noted communicator Bob Leaf that featured on Influence. I would recommend reading the blog if you are a communicator no matter where you are working. […]

Reflections on becoming chartered

It is just over a week since I went through the challenge of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) chartered day. In a week there will be a group of very nervous people on the next chartered day in London. Achieving chartered status is something that I have been focused on for the last […]