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 »

Relevant AP Style changes to incorporate into your writing

By | October 26, 2018

The Associated Press Stylebook is an ever-evolving style and grammar guide used by journalists and PR pros, alike. It’s often referred to as the “Bible for professional communicators,” as it definitively (for the most part) sets the standards for language usage within our professions. As the world changes, so does... Read More »

Don’t be afraid, be strategic!

By | October 17, 2018

The sheer mention of the word crisis can lead to immediate feelings of anxiety, stress and concern. And in a business environment, these feelings may be magnified tenfold. It’s understandable – crisis situations (and the way they’re handled) have the potential to make or break a company’s future. The good... Read More »

When tragedy strikes

By | July 03, 2018

Smart businesses work diligently to prepare for avoidable crises. Action steps and communication plans fill pages of corporate emergency management plans. Signs are hung, memos are sent, and drills are run. But, there are rare tragedies that befall a business that cannot be prevented or even prepared for intricately. Because... Read More »

Public relations’ potential impact is limitless, but results can be limited

By | February 08, 2018

The potential impact of a strong public relations campaign is limitless. You can seismically shift public opinion, deeply endear employees to a company or start a social justice movement when PR tactics are executed perfectly. But there are just some things that PR can’t accomplish or challenges we can’t overcome.... 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 »

Social media and crisis communication: No monkeying around!

By | February 06, 2017

While crisis communication has been around much longer than social media, there’s no doubt that the two go together like peanut butter and jelly in terms of satisfying audiences’ hunger for information when a crisis rears its ugly head. And, it’s not hard to find examples of companies effectively using... Read More »

Crisis Communication: What you don’t know WILL hurt you

By | January 29, 2017

Crisis communication and management is not the most fun element of public relations. It is certainly one of the most impactful, though, as how a company or organization handles a particular crisis can really make or break its reputation. When a crisis breaks, the rapid and extensive collection of information... 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 »

Obsidian Public Relations – Where stories take flight (1 minute video)

By | February 18, 2016