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Ad Council’s Challenge: Persuade Skeptics to Believe in COVID Vaccines

Introduction by Bruce Hennes, Hennes Communications. Persuading skeptics to take the COVID vaccine shouldn’t be this difficult.  From the polio vaccine in the 1950’s  and ’60’s (anyone remember SOS – Sabin Oral Sunday ?) to H1N1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has carefully crafted messages to help the public understand important public health […]


A Key to Helping Clients Make Better Decisions During Crisis

From Wikipedia:  A crisis (from the Greek κρίσις – krisis; plural: “crises”; adjectival form: “critical”) is any event that is going (or is expected) to lead to an unstable  and dangerous situation unstable and dangerous situation affecting an individual, group, community, or whole society. Crises are deemed to be negative changes in the security, economic, […]


Lessons in Law Firm Reputation Management: How Firm Leaders Should Prepare for Public Scrutiny When Representing Political Clients

Less than a week after Election Day, two BigLaw firms were targeted by The Lincoln Project for the legal work they’re doing in connection with President Trump’s refusal to concede the recent election. The attacks on the firms, their employees and clients have been creative, strategic, hard-hitting and from the conversations we’ve had with attorneys […]


How to Fumble Public Relations: Fire the Popular Head of PR

By Thom Fladung, Hennes Communications The Houston Texans have been one of the National Football League’s top underachievers this season. A playoff team last season, the Texans hit midseason at 2-6, the head coach was fired after an 0-4 start,   star defensive end J.J. Watt is expected to be traded after the season and star […]


How to Spot (and Fight) Election Misinformation

From Cynthia Gordy Giwa, writing for ProPublica… Disinformation is deliberately created with the intent to cause harm, while misinformation is incorrect information shared by people who believe it to be true. In 2020, dis- and misinformation about voting are very common online, especially about mail-in and in-person voting. Fabricated content usually tries to play to […]


Every Day is a Crisis: Health Communications in a Pandemic

From Thomas Graham and Dr. Vanila Singh writing in O’Dwyer’s… During a crisis, audiences aren’t looking so much for someone to blame as they’re looking for someone to take responsibility. They’re also looking for someone to restore a sense of calm through offering reasoned, sensible solutions. This takes honesty, transparency, a firm grasp of the […]


What You Can Learn About Crisis Communications From Dr. Fauci

From Donovan Roche, writing for The Marketing Insider… Regardless of what side of the political aisle you might sit on, it’s difficult to deny that Dr. Anthony Fauci, known as the nation’s top infectious disease expert, is a proficient spokesperson during a crisis. In fact, a July Morning Consult/Politico poll showed 62% of registered voters […]


Authory – Hundreds of Articles on Crisis Management & Crisis Communications

Authory is a free service that brings together over 600 thought leadership pieces and curated articles on the subject of crisis management and crisis communications that have been published in our Crisis Management Today newsletter and Hennes Communications blog. And it’s searchable by keyword.  So when you need an answer, when you’re looking for something […]


The Intersection of Media & The Law

Looking for CLE Credit Outside of Ohio? Unfortunately, we are not able to offer CLE credit outside of Ohio. However, it has been our experience that if you take the agenda and materials and submit them to the CLE Commission for your state, you have a good chance of getting CLE credit. Not an Attorney? […]


5 Communication Lessons From The Harris-Pence Debate

From Edward Segal, writing in Forbes: Presidential and vice presidential debates have been an important part of the American electoral process for decades. They provide voters with unfiltered opportunities to hear directly from the people who want to lead our country. As a public speaker myself, and a former presentation skills trainer, last night I […]


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