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Today’s Q&A: “No Comment”

How do you handle the situation where you’re dealing with a client whose attorney doesn’t want to issue a statement other than, “No Comment”? [By Stephanie York, JD, Hennes Communications] As an attorney, I understand the knee-jerk instinct to say “We don’t comment on pending litigation.” When we are faced with attorneys who counsel their […]


How to Say ‘I’m Sorry,’ Whether You’ve Appeared in a Racist Photo, Harassed Women or Just Plain Screwed Up

Written by Lisa Leopold, Associate Professor of English Language Studies, The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Middlebury.   “I’m sorry.” These two words may seem simple, but the ability to express them when you’re in the wrong is anything but – particularly for those in the public eye. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, to […]


Lawyers, PR Firms Team Up For Employers Facing #MeToo Crises

Hennes Communications is adept at working with attorneys and their clients on issues related to sexual misconduct and scores of other scenarios.  For more information, give us a call at 216-321-7774.   From Gayle Cinquegrani: The days of quiet exits by powerful executives caught harassing subordinates may be ending. CBS is the latest corporation faced with […]


A Well-Crafted Crisis Response Plan Could Save Your Business

By Bruce Hennes, CEO, Hennes Communications Written, tested and ready-to-go business continuity plans should just be part of doing business in today’s world. Typically, those plans include the step-by-step operational response procedures to follow in the event of a disaster. Here are some common mistakes we’ve seen in this effort: 1.  Not planning for enough […]


The Hashtag That Became a Movement Marks its First Anniversary

From Nora Jacobs at Hennes Communications:   After this week’s events, if there is a place in America where the issue of sexual misconduct is not top-of-mind, it is a place without access to the internet, television and newspapers. Although the phrase “Me Too” dates back to 2006, it wasn’t until October 2017, when it […]


Is the NFL Invincible?

It’s football season.  Does the National Football League still own Sundays? Rolling Stone write Ryan Bort interviewed author Mark Leibovich about his new book,‘Big Game.’  You can read their chat about Trump, Goodell and the dysfunctional group of billionaires presiding over America’s most popular sport here. The Reporter Who Won’t Let the NFL Go Off-the-Record […]


Once a Social Media Crisis Hits, the Reputation Management Clock is Ticking

From New York Times staff writer Michael Grynbaum: The toppling of Roseanne Barr — from her racist late-night tweet to the early-morning backlash and ABC’s axing of her highly rated show — took less than 12 hours. That is the equivalent of hyperspeed for businesses and brands that are accustomed to taking their time when […]


The Hanging Judge of the Court of Public Opinion

[by Howard Fencl, Hennes Communications] When the charges you face are shocking and severe – damning charges that chafe the deepest ingrained norms of our society, such as  rape and murder – the Court of Public Opinion can forever decide your fate no matter what happens in a courtroom. If you are deemed guilty by […]


Regaining Organizational Trust When Leadership Misbehaves

[By Nora Jacobs, Hennes Communications] It is a sad commentary on our times, but more and more of our work now involves helping clients who are dealing with the aftermath of misbehavior among their leadership ranks.  Accusations of sexual misconduct, charges of criminal behavior, questionable ethical behavior and significant violations of organizational policies can all […]


Preparing for Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

By Nora Jacobs, Hennes Communications NOTE:  While this article is aimed at school-related allegations of sexual misconduct, the lessons here are applicable to all market sectors. As we have seen on the national stage recently, there appears to be no statute of limitations when it comes to allegations of sexual misconduct.  Thanks especially to the […]


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