From The Rock

Am I a good manager? Advice for first-time leaders.

By | July 18, 2018

Managing a team, whether you are a seasoned professional or stepping into a leadership role for the first time, will without a doubt be challenging. Challenges come with the territory. Personalities, work styles, opinions and changing culture dynamics all contribute to the nuanced discipline of being a team manager. When... Read More »

Asking the right questions

By | May 15, 2019

Asking the right questions of yourself By Courtney Ellett, founder and owner at Obsidian Public Relations Welcome to a three-part series by Obsidian PR on “Asking the Right Questions: Getting the Answers You Need to Run a Successful Small Business.“ It sounds too easy, right? Ask the right questions and... Read More »

Avoid these résumé sins

By | October 23, 2013

PR agency owners and hiring managers get a healthy amount of résumés each month. I probably receive at least 20. Long ago, I promised myself (when I was the eager beaver sending out that résumé in hopes of a reply) that I would read each and every one that came... Read More »

Balancing Act

By | December 24, 2013

I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen this headline used in news stories promoting fabulous circus shows, like Cirque du Soleil, referring to the seemingly impossible feats some of the performers are able to do – be it the balancing of an amazing number of people in a human pyramid, an... Read More »

Be a better employee by putting yourself first

By | January 10, 2018

Confession – I haven’t stepped foot in a dentist’s office in two years. Crippling anxiety and thinking “I don’t want to take time away from the office for this” have kept me out from under the hygienist’s light. But, I resolved that 2018 would be the year that I ended... Read More »

Being New Looks Good on You

By | January 07, 2016

Being the new guy or girl around the office is always intimidating, but if you focus on learning quickly, you can shake off that newbie dust in no time. I learned this the hard way, keeping mostly quiet and observing at my first job. When I had the opportunity to... Read More »

Building a visual identity – capturing stellar photos

By | July 29, 2020

In public relations, we often talk about crafting language or materials that tell a brand story. We associate certain words, phrases and concepts with the essence of a company, and we use these words throughout our materials to reinforce key messages for our constituents. As PR professionals in a world... Read More »

Building a visual identity – creating compelling graphics

By | July 29, 2020

Pause – If you haven’t already, check out our first blog post in this series. You can read it here.  In public relations, we often talk about crafting language or materials that tell a brand story. We associate certain words, phrases and concepts with the essence of a company, and... Read More »

Characteristics of an outstanding account manager

By | February 15, 2017

We are currently on the hunt for a new senior account manager at Obsidian, and I will be honest; we are very critical during the process of adding to our team. We can’t just hire anyone, though – we know exactly what we are looking for in our next hire.... Read More »

Coloring Outside the Lines

By | October 07, 2014

There are an abundance of rules when it comes to working in the public relations field. Some are written and strictly kept inside of an ever-updating AP Stylebook, and others are unspoken and passed down from employee to employee in an agency. There are rules for writing, editing, formatting press... Read More »