4 tips for truth telling


Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free – John 8:32


As a young PR student, one of the first things you’re taught — or should be taught — is that the only thing worse than a lie is the cover up that tends to follow (and lying is pretty bad).

I understand that some of my colleagues are allergic to telling the truth. With the most notable exception of political communication, lying will get the rest of us fired. Continue reading “4 tips for truth telling”


The 3 P’s: Why the media isn’t so scary

ScaryI’ve never conducted a media training or advised someone who wasn’t terrified or frustrated (or both) by the media. And given the branding campaigns media outlets run, I don’t blame them. Whether it’s Anderson Cooper’s promise of “keeping them honest” or just about any news station in every major market declaring that they “get to the bottom of ____” or are on your side.” The Faithful Fourth Estate have fashioned themselves as digital vigilantes, fighting hard for the city.

Except that’s not the case most of the time. Continue reading “The 3 P’s: Why the media isn’t so scary”

5 things worth reading: Lessons from the 20s, for the 30s and more

I took a week from posting this week to celebrate the 30th. But while I took a break from writing, I’m always reading. Here are my five picks for the week.

1. 10 Life Lessons I Learned from Surviving my 20s

2. 10 Life Lessons to Excel in your 30s

3. Entertainment Weekly Wants you to Write for Free: Don’t do it

4. The Northwestern University Football Union and the NCAA’s Death Spiral

5. Tips for Handling Crises from Spammers to Terrorist Attacks

Enjoy the reads. The regular program returns next week.

7 small resume hacks that make a big impact

Into the abyss
This infographic touches on tip 7. It’s also a good insight into the hiring process at large(r) companies. It appeared in this Wall St. Journal article from 2012

I’m reading Show Your Work: Ten Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon. The book is short, the tips are common sense — but sometimes we can overlook things that are right in front of us. I’d recommend it for others.

Kleon mentions the importance of teaching others what you know and not hording your knowledge (a great  reminder for bloggers, like me, who need a reminder). I got a request from a former co-worker to look over a resume. I’ve read tons of career blogs both for my own job searches and because my secret second career is to run a career service center at a college or university (*waves at any HR people, I’m available). Continue reading “7 small resume hacks that make a big impact”

Don’t sell yourself short

Sell Yourself

While applying for a job today, I had the opportunity to answer some fairly detailed and introspective questions regarding my experience with marketing. I don’t have a marketing degree, nor do I have any “formal” experience with marketing.

That doesn’t mean is I lack marketing experience. It means my titles (communications consultant, multimedia journalist) don’t scream marketing. Continue reading “Don’t sell yourself short”