From The Rock

‘Don’t check the basement’ and other ‘horrific’ advice

By | October 31, 2018

If you’re reading this blog post on the day it goes live, Happy Halloween! I have to admit, I’m partial to this fall holiday for all of the spookiness it brings. My teenage years were filled with scary movies, haunted houses and ghost stories, a unique connection shared with my... Read More »

5 training sessions a PR firm can provide for your organization

By | March 13, 2019

Hiring a public relations firms can lead to a number of successes for your business, such as public awareness, reputation enhancement and relationship building with target audiences. While a PR team executes most of the work behind the scenes, there is an army of people within an organization who also... Read More »

6 Tips for Handling a PR Crisis

By | March 30, 2016

When I was in college, I lived with my sister in an off-campus apartment with reserved parking for each unit. While there were plenty of visitor spaces, our neighbor’s boyfriend always parked in our spots despite us asking him to move at least once per week. One time while I... Read More »

A bad answer to a reporter’s question sounds like, “I’ll break you in half.”

By | January 29, 2014

Ah, the State of the Union address. The speech. The counter-speech. The media frenzy. The State of the Union is a political playground for reporters, as it fuels the fire for numerous debates, analyses, predictions and fact checks. It offers opportunities for great interviews to back up those debates, analyses,... Read More »

A Deep-Fried PR Disaster

By | July 17, 2013

Poor Paula Deen. Within weeks, she went from high priestess of deep-fried food to pop culture pariah. She’s courted controversy before. (Remember that diabetes diagnosis/endorsement deal? Or her throw-down with Anthony Bourdain?). But she’s never seen anything quite like this. Earlier this summer, Deen testified under oath during a discrimination... Read More »

A lot can be learned from a mistake

By | October 08, 2012

During one of my recent training runs for the Dallas Half Marathon, I accidentally ran 10 miles. How, you may ask, can one accidentally run 10 miles? Well, folks, it happens if you encounter the sign “Trail closed ahead,” and you don’t check the handy-dandy GPS to determine a similar... Read More »

A PR Problem

By | July 16, 2013

Paula Deen has a PR problem. At some point Tiger Woods and Martha Stewart have had PR problems. You could even argue that the New England Patriots have a PR problem, what with all their players being arrested for various things. But what is a PR problem, really? Most people... Read More »

Brands doing it right in times of crisis

By | April 13, 2020

I’m 33 years old. I guess you’d call me an “old millennial.” And as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, it makes me realize I’ve already seen quite a few large-scale crises by now. I was a freshman in high school on Sept. 11, 2001. I was a freshman in... Read More »

Breaking bad… News, that is.

By | March 07, 2013

The other day, an interesting email came across my inbox. For privacy purposes, I’ve removed names: Subject: [Name of Person] Resignation To Whom It May Concern: [Name], our COO, has resigned.  Please erase her contact information. We will let you know when we have found a replacement COO. Sincerely, [Name],... Read More »

Bye, sister! – social media crisis tips to keep your brand from getting #canceled

By | August 28, 2019

In May 2019, the world of the YouTube beauty vlogger was shaken to its core when Tati Westbrook announced the cancelation of fellow influencer James Charles. As we know, the feud all stemmed from a betrayal involving gummies – we’ll spare you the details. Tati posted a video slamming James... Read More »