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Projecting Leadership Presence in a Teleconference

From Carol Kinsey Goman, writing in CommPro… In a famous 2002 experiment, a Stanford University professor made audiotapes of physicians and their patients in session. Half of the doctors had been previously brought to court for malpractice. She then played the tapes for her students, who were able to determine which physicians had been sued. […]


Consider the ‘Message Effect’ of Inviting a Consultant to Help Your Witness

From Ken Broda-Bahm, Ph.D., writing for The Persuasive Litigator… Arriving for the preparation meeting, the witness notices that there’s someone new in the room: a communications consultant. A non-lawyer visiting from out-of-town, the consultant is introduced by the lawyer as a specialist in legal communication and as someone who “is here to help us prepare […]


Akros Network

Work Environment Industry Leaders Join to Create Akros Network Specialists in HR Training, Ethics, Safety, Compliance and Communications Form One-Stop Shop AKRON – October 6, 2021 – Four industry leading firms that specialize in the critical building blocks of successful organizations have formed a network giving employers one place to go for answers to high-risk […]


What Happens When You Forget What You Wanted To Say?

Introduction by Bruce Hennes, Hennes Communications There are many reasons to be fearful of speaking in public.  If you’re reading this, you don’t need that list.  You already know it by heart.  I used to be one of those people, scared to death of getting up in front of a group, saying the wrong thing, […]


Mergers, Acquisitions and Management Transitions: Using Crisis Communications Principles to Achieve Better Outcomes

By Nora Jacobs, Hennes Communications Our firm is best known for helping clients respond to crisis threats, emergencies and similar events where reputation is on the line.  The communication response we create in these situations is designed to help an organization tell its side of the story to those who matter most. Those important audiences […]


Why Women Face Different Standards on Zoom and What to do About It

From George Bradley, writing in PRNews… Research from The Harris Poll shows 39 percent of women, but just 25 percent of men, turn off video during Zoom calls. That’s a fairly significant difference. In addition, when they turn on video, women are more likely than men to prepare (do their hair, change clothes or clean visible workspaces). […]


How the 10-Second Rule Can Dramatically Change Your Conversations and Make You a Better Leader

By Jason Aten, writing for Inc… Communicating is easily the single most important job of leaders. If leadership is mostly about influence–and it is–then the ability to communicate a vision and motivate people to move toward that vision is the single most important characteristic a leader can have. The problem is, communication is hard. Sometimes […]


It’s National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” Week 1 September 1-4: Make A Plan Talk to your friends and family about […]


5 Mistakes Not To Make On-Camera

By Howard Fencl, Hennes Communications… When you appear on-camera for an interview, you are going on the record in perpetuity. Period. Excerpts will be broadcast, uploaded, archived, keyword searchable and available 24/7 on the web. You can do your organization’s brand a whole lot of good with a strong, articulate interview. But if you’re not […]


Five Ways to Network at a Barbecue and Not Get Burned

By Mike O’Horo, writing for Attorney at Work… As invitations begin to roll in for social events this post-pandemic summer, here’s a refresher from “coach” Mike O’Horo on how to handle yourself when you meet someone for the first time — or after a long time.  As summer approaches, social schedules ramp up with graduation parties, barbecues, golf outings, […]


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