From The Rock

3 PR lessons we’ve learned from the sports world

By | September 12, 2018

Sports can teach us all a great deal. From how to handle adversity to the importance of practicing your craft, athletics teach lessons that can be applied to so many areas of our lives. As a communications professional who has worked in and around the sports world for years, I’m... Read More »

4 tips for developing professionally in your 20s

By | January 25, 2017

As a recent graduate from The University of Tennessee, I feel like it was just yesterday I was living the carefree college life. I didn’t have much of a transition from student to employee because I started working three days after graduation. Therefore, I quickly learned that life as an... Read More »

5 things I learned during my MBA program

By | April 03, 2019

I expected to learn a lot from my Master of Business Administration program at Mississippi State, and I did. However, something I didn’t see coming was how much I would develop as a professional during my time in the program. Nothing prepared me more to hold a full-time job and... 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 »

5 Ways to Ensure You WON’T Get an Interview with Obsidian

By | May 19, 2015

As the summer approaches, my inbox is filling up with resumes from eager applicants looking for both summer internship opportunities and full-time openings at Obsidian. Fortunately for them, we are the type of firm that will open their emails, review their resumes with careful consideration and even respond, as we... 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 »

Back to Basics: Body Language 101

By | August 14, 2013

Behind our fancy computers, smartphones and eloquent writing skills lie the most basic and sometimes forgotten communication technique: body language. While body language may seem like an intuitive response in certain professional settings, no one is immune to dreary days when our emotions can be clearly read on our faces.... 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 »

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 »

Examples of media appearances gone wrong – how training makes a difference

By | February 06, 2019

Alexander Graham Bell once said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” As public relations professionals, we know how important it is to be prepared – whether it be for a crisis or morning show segment. It’s our job to make sure our clients’ messages are conveyed clearly,... Read More »