From The Rock

Why should you recognize employee accomplishments?

By | May 01, 2019

  Growing up, most of my free time was spent playing sports. If I wasn’t in the middle of a season, I was training for the next. Once I graduated high school, I thought I left my days on the field and court behind – and I did, in some ways.... Read More »

3 examples of companies that treat their employees right – and how you can mimic them on a smaller scale

By | April 17, 2019

If you ask any of OPR’s team members why they most enjoy working at Obsidian, I can guarantee they’ll all have the same answer – our company culture. Having happy and healthy employees is a prerequisite for long-lasting company success, and our firm certainly isn’t the only business out there... Read More »

Why a PR firm should be a part of your merger or acquisition planning team

By | February 20, 2019

Why a PR firm should be a part of your merger or acquisition planning team Last week, we received a breaking-news alert that SunTrust Bank and BB&T would soon be merging. The combined assets of the two banks will make it the nation’s sixth largest bank – so it’s evident... Read More »

#Trending

By | August 15, 2018

Kiki, do you love me? I know… I’m a month late and you’re over it. I am, too. In case you missed it, celebrities and dogs across the internet were dancing to Drake’s song “In my Feelings” as a part of the world’s most recent viral video trend. Some businesses... Read More »

Overcoming first meeting fears

By | July 11, 2018

Starting a conversation with a stranger has always been harrowing for me. If I know in advance I’m going into a conversation with someone I don’t know, it’s almost worse. But, mastering the art of conversation is crucial. The first impression you make on someone can shape your entire relationship,... Read More »

A seat at the table

By | December 13, 2017

Imagine your board room during a crucial business meeting and visualize who is in attendance. Your attorney, financial advisor and c-suite executives are likely present. Is someone from your PR or communication team seated at the table? When you make decisions that impact your business it is crucial that your... Read More »

Frightening PR: Managing scary personalities

By | October 25, 2017

Picture this. You’ve just landed a coveted media placement for a client. When you tell them about it, you’re told it’s all wrong. In another scenario, you give strategic counsel to an executive regarding a concerning situation. It seems like you’re on the same page, but the results are disastrous... Read More »

Death By Meetings

By | June 24, 2015

Yes. It’s a real thing. Meetings can kill… your productivity, that is. Meetings can be absolutely necessary. I’m willing to be optimistic and say that almost all meetings are scheduled with the best intentions. BUT, somewhere between the beginning of a meeting and adjourning one, an abyss can form where... Read More »

Marathons are not for meetings

By | January 29, 2015

Recently, I traveled to Memphis to meet up with our Obsidian team and to see a few clients. But I made a huge mistake. Between traveling and scheduled meetings, I literally only had nine and a half hours of time in my week to actually get things done. Let’s just... Read More »

A Love-Hate Relationship with Conference Calls

By | July 17, 2014

If you have been on the Internet in the past few months, odds are you’ve seen this video called “A Conference Call in Real Life.” The video is funny if you’ve ever been on a conference call. It’s a facepalm moment for people like me who are on conference calls... Read More »