My New Year’s Resolution? Proof Everything!

  By Jill O’Mahony Stewart CHICAGO PUBIC SCHOOLS I can’t shake this recent email exchange tagged “Requesting input from the communications team” on a script in development. Colleague: “I am not looking for typos or grammar help but instead more for feedback on whether or not this properly sets the stage …” Me: [sensing my…… Continue reading My New Year’s Resolution? Proof Everything!

How to Avoid Awkward Holiday Conversations

By John Millen Ah, the holidays. It’s that special time of year when we slow down, eat too much food and…engage in awkward conversations. Whether your business and family holiday gatherings are in-person or virtual, you’ll face the same old challenges in communicating during this season. While it can often be nice to mingle, sometimes…… Continue reading How to Avoid Awkward Holiday Conversations

Importance of Openness, Collaboration and Goals in Successful Agency/Client Relationships

By Kaylee Harrington Stacia Doss is driven by her passion for writing, and she has been able to tap that throughout her extensive range of agency and in-house communications experiences, including her current job as Content Marketing Manager at McKesson and earlier positions —  Communications Consultant for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Senior Coordinator of Marketing…… Continue reading Importance of Openness, Collaboration and Goals in Successful Agency/Client Relationships

Media Pitches Create Proud Moments, Career Success

By Marina Rutter How do you get your client featured in the New York Times? In her seven years in a public relations career, Neda Veselinovic, communications manager at Motorola Solutions, has already led press trips abroad, managed healthcare communications during a global pandemic, and helped her clients get featured in major news outlets. When…… Continue reading Media Pitches Create Proud Moments, Career Success

Unexpected Pandemic Side Effect: Many Rethink Personal and Career Goals

By David Gallagher Last week I posted some news on my personal social media feeds about a – my –  decision to leave a good job with nice people. Here’s the post as it appeared, first on Instagram (reposted automatically to Facebook), and then on Twitter as a thread, and ultimately LinkedIn: Work news ……… Continue reading Unexpected Pandemic Side Effect: Many Rethink Personal and Career Goals

Phish Fan Makes Case for Vaccine and Masks

By Ryan Puckett This is a picture of me from this past weekend. Yes, I’m wearing a mask at an outdoor amphitheater to see my favorite band, Phish. I am gonna be generous and say I was joined by about 3% of the crowd in masking up. (1% would also be a fair estimate.) Let’s…… Continue reading Phish Fan Makes Case for Vaccine and Masks

How Can PR Pros Promote COVID Vaccinations?

Over the weekend, I got a Facebook message from long-ago college friend Susan Zanandrea. We reminisced about the “good old days” and I commented that I’m eager to see things return to a pre-pandemic “normal.” Susan’s response: “Amen to that. I am so frustrated with the non-vaccinated and conspiracy theorists. Remember when we all got…… Continue reading How Can PR Pros Promote COVID Vaccinations?

Relearning In-Person Eye Contact

By John Millen As we begin returning to in-person meetings in business and our personal lives, we are making a lot of social and personal adjustments. Having stared at people’s eyes as pixels on video screens for the past 18 months, in-person eye contact may take some getting used to. And in-person meetings and presentations will…… Continue reading Relearning In-Person Eye Contact

Career and Life Advice: You Are Enough

By Keala Bilbao Herbert Swope, the first recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Reporting in 1917, once said “I cannot give you the formula for success but I can give you the formula for failure. Which is try to please everybody.” Another Pulitzer Prize winning writer, Mary Oliver, a poet who won the National Book…… Continue reading Career and Life Advice: You Are Enough

Full Lives Need Bucket Lists

  Until this week, I never thought much about the importance of bucket lists. I’m now working on my own bucket list after attending the funeral yesterday of my amazing sister-in-law, Judy Ann Culp. My older brother Earl wisely married her 56 years ago. Throughout her life, Judy was interested in everyone and everything, and…… Continue reading Full Lives Need Bucket Lists