Thursday, September 27, 2007

Welcome to the Blogosphere, O'Dwyer PR

Our friends at O'Dwyer PR have joined the blogging revolution. Welcome Jack, John, Kevin, Greg, and all of the OTHER new PR bloggers.

Take a look at the O'Dwyer PR blog here:

Monday, September 24, 2007

In defense of PR people

All too often, PR people get a bad rap. The insipidly stupid "Jim Mike, PR Manager for the US Women's Soccer Team" is just the example du jour of PR-bashing.

In my experience, most PR people are real pros, who know how to handle a rough situation with poise, tact and professionalism. Take for example this piece (link below) from YouTube, where some prankster somehow obtained the cell phone number for YouTube's own PR representative, Julie. Sure it's funny. Sure he's "punked" her. And sure, it makes for entertaining watching.

What it also does is point out how totally unflappable, how truly professional and how incredibly patient she is. If public relations is all about connecting with people, Julie flat-out has it down. Take a look:

Remember Julie and her performance under extremely strange circumstances the next time some under-informed or ignorant person calls a PR pro a "flack" or "spin doctor."

(By the way, the "Jim Mike" thing aside, I am a HUGE Rainn Wilson fan, and absolutely love "The Office.")

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Note to Jack O'Dwyer:

Jack, you make many very valid and insightful points regarding management of PRSA, and how they serve (or don't serve, as the case may be) the rank-and-file of the PR industry. That said, your refusal to use the "A" in PRSA comes across as a hissy-fit from an obstinate old man. Give it up.

But, please, Jack, don't give up on your quest to have PRSA better serve its members, to adopt more open policies, to employ PR professionals to do "PR for PR," and to implement sound and accepted fiscal and accounting policies.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

August off

Just a note to let you all know that I took August off from the blog, but hope to be back semi-irregularly in September. I've been thinking about some things, and will be sharing them with you soon. Stay tuned...