Off the Rock, On the Record

A podcast by Obsidian Public Relations

Off the Rock, On the Record is a podcast produced by public relations professionals, for the masses. The Obsidian team banters with guests as they navigate some of the biggest topics within the communication profession. Lighthearted in nature but educational in purpose, this podcast delicately blends entertainment with tactical takeaways. We’re proud of this work, and hope you’ll join us as we release future episodes of Off the Rock, On the Record!

Season Four

This mini-season of Off the Rock, On the Record was written, recorded and produced by Obsidian’s 2019 summer interns – D’Marius Gillespie and Anna McGuire. The duo sat down to navigate some of the most pressing topics related to interning in the modern workplace, the value of the process and how to make it through your internship! Whether you’re looking for an internship, currently are interning or are an intern-at-heart, this podcast will provide comfort and a laugh, or two!

Season 4, Episode 1

Do internships even matter? Anna and Dee break down why they chose to pursue internship opportunities and the inherent value that internships provide to students in all fields.

Season 4, Episode 2

What’s the difference between classroom learning and job learning? Can you apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to your job? Anna and Dee return to talk about the similarities and differences between the classroom and job environment.

Season 4, Episode 3

It’s the first day of your internship, and you’re absolutely terrified. What should you expect? Anna and Dee share their personal tips for surviving an internship – from the first day to the last, and every day in between!

Season Three

Season three of Off the Rock, On the Record celebrates small business owners from varied industries, each with a unique story to tell. During five weeks in May, members of the Obsidian team interviewed small business owner clients about business life, personal ambition, achieving your dreams and so much more. Listen to each episode by following the links below.

Season 3, Episode 1

Climbing the Seven Summits is no easy feat. Tom Lawrence shares how he prepares mentally, physically and emotionally for his adventurous climbs. As it turns out, there’s a lot that can be learned on the face of a mountain and applied to your office computer screen.

Season 3, Episode 2

Environmental testing may not be the “sexiest” business around, but after 10 years of success in the Mid-South, the team at Tioga Environmental has a ton of wisdom to share. Maggie Strom reveals that calculated growth, strategic hiring and team investment are the keys to their success.

Season 3, Episode 3

Lil’ Bit of Country shares a whole lot of tradition and flavor with each jar of chow chow they sell. But perfecting the recipe was only part of the journey. Beverly Walker shares how she navigated the world of culinary businesses so you can avoid bumps along the way.

Season 3, Episode 4

When your business isn’t in plain sight, you have to work to stay in front of your consumers. Mid-South Ice House found that social media advertising was the way to get folks from the couch to their rink. Al Austin talks about the difference this investment has made.

Season 3, Episode 5

Do you live to work or work to live? Here’s the thing – we all do both simultaneously. Rebecca Adelman shares how she found personal and professional freedom when she stopped striving for “work-life balance” and started being fully present wherever she was.

Season Two

In season two of Off the Rock, On the Record, host Taylor Jolley and a number of team member delve into some of the most-asked questions in the business world. How do I move up in my company? How do I balance different personalities and client relationships? Is my technical education even applicable to the work I do today? Each guest shares insight on these questions, creating a highly engaging and universally applicable season of Off the Rock, On the Record.

Season 2, Episode 1

Two recent public relations graduates share information about their respective PR programs, what they learned in the classroom and how that applies to the work they do today.

Season 2, Episode 2

Promoting specialized businesses can be challenging. Christina takes matters into her own hands when creating content for her B2B clients. Your niche business should follow her lead!

Season 2, Episode 3

Your business needs to be on social media! Gracie explains why social media isn’t optional for businesses and why authentic, nontraditional social avenues are effective.

Season 2, Episode 4

A challenging professional transition is the integration of relationship management into your responsibilities. Murray delves into how to manage clients with varied personalities.

Season 2, Episode 5

Lauren, having held every role at Obsidian, shares her career-climbing wisdom on episode five of Off the Rock, on the Record. Looking to make money moves? Listen up!

Season 2, Episode 6

If you stop learning, you’ll stop progressing! Whitney emphasizes the importance of professional development in public relations, an industry that is constantly evolving.

Season One

Host Kerri Guyton discusses client industries and best practices with select members of the OPR team. Join us for discussions on grand opening events, nonprofit communication, media relations and account management.

Season 1, Episode 1

Healthy, profitable client relationships don’t come easy. Lauren explains how you can sponsor mutually beneficial client relationships at your firm.

Season 1, Episode 2

Extra, extra! Read all about it! Whitney Albert has valuable tips to share about media relations efforts in an ever-evolving media landscape.

Season 1, Episode 3

Nonprofits have great stories to tell, but you have to get your hands around the work before you can share the news! Taylor Jolley talks all things nonprofit PR.

Season 1, Episode 4

Event management is about more than having a great party. Murray explains why strategy and stellar execution are key to a good event.

Intro and outro music is “Ingenuity” by Lee Rosevere and is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License.