From The Rock

Things you should never say to a client

By | September 13, 2017

Navigating client relationships can be one of the most difficult aspects of agency life. When someone contracts you to provide communication or PR support, it can be challenging to balance your expertise with the client’s expectations. New client relationships can be made or broken by those first few interactions, so... Read More »

Body Language: An Important Communication Skill and Tool

By | September 29, 2016

We’ve all heard the saying “actions speak louder than words.” This rings true because oftentimes, our body language is what people remember most. Good or bad, it can leave a lasting image in your mind that shapes what you think of someone, particularly in the business realm. Reading body language... Read More »

You, too, are a foreigner – to a foreigner

By | November 04, 2015

Quick question: what is [insert whatever country, city or state you are from] like? That, my dear reader, is the most asked question I’m sure everybody gets if they look, sound or even smell different than the others around them (minus the typical surface question of “how are you doing?”).... Read More »

Tirades and Tantrums

By | May 13, 2015

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Do you remember the last time someone yelled at you at work? Maybe that person became angry, for whatever reason, and communicated displeasure or disagreement with your idea by using cutting or sarcastic language. And while this person didn’t overturn desks or anything (I hope), he or she pretty much... Read More »

How to Communicate as a Dance Coach

By | April 22, 2014

Being a dance coach takes a rare breed of an individual. With an eight-month long season, November and January being the most chaotic months of the year, and typically working with more than 10 pre-teen or teenage girls at a time, it is a unique job in itself. I have... Read More »

If it’s worth a response, think it through

By | March 13, 2013

It was a day like any other day in the late 80s/early 90s, and since it was a day that ended in the letter ‘Y’, my little brother and I were fighting. While growing up, we were constantly fighting. Someone did this, someone took that, someone looked at the other... Read More »

Hissssssssssssssssssssssss. Are you paying attention to body language?

By | February 07, 2013

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Meet Sid (also known as Work Cat)and Friday Cat (who likes to show his cute little face mostly on Fridays, thus his namesake). These two furry guys are our adoptive kitty cats at Obsidian. In an effort to make them more comfortable being around people, our colleagues have been taking... Read More »

Honesty is the best policy!

By | January 18, 2013

Lance Armstrong. Manti Te’o. Bernie Madoff. Aside from the fact that they are all well-known American figures, it’s not hard to guess what these three have in common. They all got caught in a lie of some sort. It affected them all differently, but ultimately damaged each of their personal... Read More »

Coming Together – The Benefit and Importance of Professional Organizations

By | January 10, 2013

I graduated college in May of 2009. I worried, of course, about finding a job in the recession. I thought I had a pretty good shot at getting hired from a previous internship, but by the time I graduated and the market had sufficiently tanked, most of my previous supervisors... Read More »

The Interview – What You Need to Know

By | January 07, 2013

So, you got a reporter to agree to write a story about you? That’s great! Media coverage in respected publications and programs can make a huge impact on awareness of your company. But just because you’ve gotten the story, that doesn’t mean the work is over…the interview is the most... Read More »