From The Rock

The juice was definitely worth the squeeze

By | June 03, 2014

As I stood there in the middle of FedExForum about this time last year with my fellow University of Memphis undergrads and we all moved our tassels from the right to the left side of our caps, my eyes started to well up with tears and it hit me, “This... Read More »

History Lesson: The First News Release Published

By | May 15, 2014

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On Oct. 28, 1906 (108 years ago), public relations expert Ivy Lee wrote the first news release to journalists about a tragic train accident that happened on the Pennsylvania Railroad. Fifty passengers were killed when a three-car train of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s new electric service jumped a trestle at Atlantic... Read More »

Conscious Capitalism: Have you heard of it?

By | May 13, 2014

I’m fascinated by a movement happening in the business world right now. It’s called Conscious Capitalism. Ever heard of it? Many of you likely have heard of or read the book, “Conscious Capitalism,” by Whole Foods founder John Mackey and Raj Sisodia. The movement is gaining momentum in the corporate... Read More »

Wake up call for work: How to spring ahead without losing sleep

By | March 18, 2014

In the wonderful/crazy world of public relations, the spring forward a couple of weekends ago has really thrown me for a loop. I’m not able to go to bed until after midnight; the sun’s not rising until 7:40 a.m. doesn’t help with my morning schedule before work; and I’m exhausted... Read More »

There’s a ‘line’ for a reason…

By | February 26, 2014

Social media has created a conundrum for businesses. Where is the line when it comes to an employee’s professional life and personal life? How can an employer protect its image when an employee uses poor judgment on Facebook, Twitter or another social media venue? And, is it an employer’s right... Read More »

Public Relations or Protector of Reputations?

By | February 18, 2014

The term “public relations” holds various meanings for those in this industry. There are times that “PR” becomes synonymous with “Protector of Reputations.” In honor of President’s Day and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday approaching, I want to reference one of Honest Abe’s adages: “Perhaps a man’s character was like a tree,... Read More »

The strong bond brewed between coffee and work

By | February 04, 2014

No matter what coffee shop I drive or walk by, Starbucks, Sip | Stir Café, etc., there are always people working, studying and conducting meetings at the coffee shop. This recently intrigued me and I stared wondering what it is that draws people to coffee shops and how they’ve turned... Read More »

Resolve to put an end to these common grammar mistakes

By | January 23, 2014

With less than 30 days of the New Year under our belts, everyone is still going strong when it comes to keeping their New Year’s resolutions. Gyms are more crowded, grocery carts are filled with more fruits and vegetables and fewer chips and cookies, and that extra “splurge” money is... Read More »

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

By | January 14, 2014

As public relations professionals, a great deal of our success is based on securing media hits for our clients. In turn, much of our frustration can also come when we don’t achieve media hits for a client or story we know is newsworthy. So where does it all start? I’d... Read More »

Going on Vacation? Tips to Help Navigate Your Workload and Inbox

By | January 09, 2014

Although we all just returned from holiday vacations, we’ll soon be looking forward to Spring Break and warm weather getaways. The most dreaded task for a vacation any size? The mountainous inbox you will return to whether it be from a short four-day weekend or **gasp** a two-week-long vacation. No... Read More »