From The Rock

Campaigns that evoke thankfulness

By | November 21, 2018

Kleenex are in short supply around my house between seasonal allergies and the holiday commercials that have now taken over the airwaves. I’m a sucker for a commercial that tugs at the heartstrings, so much so that  I have to leave the room during P&G’s Olympics spots. But, there are... Read More »

‘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 »

Finding Creativity

By | July 12, 2017

Creativity is an important trait to possess in the PR profession. There are so many areas in which we need to input creativity, from brainstorming ideas to crafting content and from developing communication plans to pitching the media. And, it’s true that creative people can often deliver at the drop... Read More »

Please stop… using these headlines in your news releases

By | June 18, 2017

We’re kicking off this new series on the blog called “Please Stop,” which is intended to point out some of the things that not-so-great PR people do that give the rest of us a bad rap. This week, our focus is on news releases – specifically, headlines of news releases.... Read More »

Words we would love to see retired in 2017

By | March 31, 2017

At the end of each year, a multitude of lists are published with words and phrases to stop saying in the new year. Just Google “words to stop saying in 2017” to see the many lists published last December for this year. You’ll find many of the same ones on... Read More »

4 Tips for Your Small Business Blog

By | August 17, 2016

If you are a small business owner [or if communications falls under your job description], you probably identify with one of these remarks: I don’t think I need a blog; I have been putting off starting a blog; I have a blog that is not doing so well; I have... Read More »

3 Tips for Breaking Through Writer’s Block and Boosting Creative Writing Skills

By | November 16, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, as I focused intently on a lengthy project, I hit a typical mid-afternoon writer’s block. This was the part of the day where I battle the urge to crawl under my desk and take a nap – 2 p.m. It’s nap time at 2 p.m.... Read More »

Writing Advice: 5 Ways to Increase Readability and Efficiency of Your Writing

By | April 14, 2015

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On average, I spend about 70 percent of my workday writing. This makes efficiency very important if I want to be productive. Whether it’s an email, press release, social media or website copy, to name a few, it’s important to write clearly in order to hold the attention of your... Read More »

Power of the Pen

By | February 11, 2015

Power of the Pen What can you do to distinguish yourself, to set yourself apart? What is your goal, how badly do you want it and what will it take to get there? These are questions that driven individuals ponder on some level all the time but should also have... Read More »