From The Rock

Please stop! … Using these headlines in your news releases

By | June 18, 2017

We’re kicking off this new series on the blog called “Please Stop,” which is intended to point out some of the things that not-so-great PR people do that give the rest of us a bad rap. This week, our focus is on news releases – specifically, headlines of news releases.... Read More »

Words we would love to see retired in 2017

By | March 31, 2017

At the end of each year, a multitude of lists are published with words and phrases to stop saying in the new year. Just Google “words to stop saying in 2017” to see the many lists published last December for this year. You’ll find many of the same ones on... Read More »

4 Tips for Your Small Business Blog

By | August 17, 2016

If you are a small business owner [or if communications falls under your job description], you probably identify with one of these remarks: I don’t think I need a blog; I have been putting off starting a blog; I have a blog that is not doing so well; I have... Read More »

3 Tips for Breaking Through Writer’s Block and Boosting Creative Writing Skills

By | November 16, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, as I focused intently on a lengthy project, I hit a typical mid-afternoon writer’s block. This was the part of the day where I battle the urge to crawl under my desk and take a nap – 2 p.m. It’s nap time at 2 p.m.... Read More »

Writing Advice: 5 Ways to Increase Readability and Efficiency of Your Writing

By | April 14, 2015

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On average, I spend about 70 percent of my workday writing. This makes efficiency very important if I want to be productive. Whether it’s an email, press release, social media or website copy, to name a few, it’s important to write clearly in order to hold the attention of your... Read More »

Power of the Pen

By | February 11, 2015

Power of the Pen What can you do to distinguish yourself, to set yourself apart? What is your goal, how badly do you want it and what will it take to get there? These are questions that driven individuals ponder on some level all the time but should also have... Read More »

Jam Session, Party of One

By | December 23, 2014

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Headphones. With this invention came the ability to get lost in your own little world and the freedom to listen to virtually any kind of music as you shut out the troubles of the world around you. Although early versions of headphones released around the turn of the 20th century... Read More »

Tips and tricks to perfect your pitch

By | November 04, 2014

Through all positions I held and numerous lectures I attended about PR, one of the most important rules that I learned is about pitching and how to make it stick out. When I first started my PR journey, I didn’t think pitching would be that huge in my career. Boy,... Read More »

Punctuation Marks Exposed

By | October 02, 2014

From commas to question marks and lesser-used punctuation such as brackets and colons, TheVisualCommunicationGuy.com has put together an infographic that ranks punctuation marks based on how hard or easy they are to learn to use. As a public relations professional, I am constantly thinking about grammar and punctuation in my everyday... Read More »

Penmanship is a fading skill

By | September 25, 2014

When I was younger, I can recall working very hard to write “perfect” letters. For one, I was a little girl and little girls were supposed to have better handwriting than boys, and also, my mother had the most beautiful penmanship; I could have sworn she was a letter artist. ... Read More »