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5 Mistakes Not to Make On-Camera; The Media Revolution is ‘Iterative’ and Social: Experts Share How Not to Get Left Behind; 7 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Crisis Communications Firm; 9/11 at 20: Not Just Another Anniversary; Why Jim Cantore and Hurricane Reporters in the Eye of the Storm Matter; It’s National Preparedness Month; Social Media Jeopardizes our Lives; Events and Emergency Comms Takeaways From Tropical Depression Henri; Express Your Best Self: Go for Connection, Not Perfection
If You Mess Up, Fess Up: HBO Max Nailing Crisis Management; 7 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Crisis Communications Firm; The Right (And Wrong) Way To Apologize For Dumb Things You Said Online; Cleveland Hits the Ball Out of the Park on Name Change; Disney Attacks Scarlett Johansson Instead of the Facts; Crisis Communications in a Hostile Cyber Landscape; Our Searchable Archive of Articles; For the Third Year in a Row, Bruce Hennes Named to LAWDRAGON Global 100 Leaders in Legal Strategy and Consulting
New Free Speech Rules For Schools in a Snap(chat): Assessing the Supreme Court Decision; Lawyers, Demigods, Outrage Management & Crisis Communications; Attention: School Board Presidents, Superintendents & Education Attorneys; The New Rules of Risk; UFOs, Once Consigned to Conspiracy Theories, Have Landed in Mainstream American Journalism; Five Ways to Network at a Barbecue and Not Get Burned; Critical Race Theory and the Push to Keep it Out of US Public Schools; Our Searchable Archive of Articles; For the Third Year in a Row, Bruce Hennes Named to LAWDRAGON Global 100 Leaders in Legal Strategy and Consulting
Hey ! Wait A Minute !; Media Training After COVID: Face-to-Face or Virtual?; Special Facebook Tools for Government Agencies and Nonprofits; Attention: School Board Presidents, Superintendents & Education Attorneys; Sports Writers Could Ditch the ‘Clown Questions’ and Do Better When it Comes to Press Conferences; This is What You Say When You Talk with Your Hands; 7 Things You Should Know About Guns; What Makes a News Story Trustworthy? Americans Point to the Outlet that Publishes It, Sources Cited
Lessons From the Pandemic: Gearing Up for the 2021-22 School Year; Why Misinformation Persists and Thrives: The “Grand Conflict Against Scheming Enemies”; Hey, Wait A Minute !; Lawyers & Outrage Management – What Can Outrage Management Offer the Legal Process?; To Navigate the Dangers of the Web, You Need Critical Thinking – But Also Critical Ignoring; Colonial Pipeline Incident: What Happened and Why It Matters; The Evolutionary Reason We Can’t Shake Public Speaking Fear; How to Tell Customers Bad News; Our Searchable Archive of Articles
Landmark Case May Dictate How Far School Districts Can Go in Disciplining Student Speech Online; Hey! Wait a Minute Debuts at CMBA; Lawyers & Outrage Management – Part #1; It’s War: The New Dilemma For Corporations And Social Issues; The Slander Industry; As Disney is Criticized for ‘Wokeness,’ Some PR Pros Like New Direction; Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community – Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Misinformation, Disinformation and Hoaxes: What’s the Difference?
Lawyers Should Not Rewrite Crisis Communications; Lessons From a School on Handling Social Media Crises; “Use As Directed” Isn’t Just a Lawyer-Mandated Slogan; Resuscitating CDC’s Reputation; Taking a Stand: How and When Should Companies Speak Out on Political Issues?; How Johnson & Johnson Could Regain Public’s Trust In Covid Vaccine Crisis; Reflections on My Days Working With the ‘Founding Mothers’ of NPR; Ten Things You Need to Know As a Woman In-House Lawyer; Few Facts, Millions Of Clicks: Fearmongering Vaccine Stories Go Viral Online
A Tasty Reputation Recipe for the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Debacle; A Newspaper Has a Novel Strategy for Covering One Politician’s Falsehoods: Don’t; Responding to Reports of Sexual Abuse of Students, Past and Present – The Convergence of Attitudes and Expectations; Few Facts, Millions Of Clicks: Fearmongering Vaccine Stories Go Viral Online; “I’m Afraid to Open Twitter”: Next-Level Harassment of Female Journalists is Putting News Outlets to the Test; Why do Americans Share so Much Fake News? One Big Reason is They Aren’t Paying Attention, New Research Suggests; Why Women Face Different Standards on Zoom and What to do About It
s Fighting Fake Videos Mission Impossible? No, But Tom Cruise Fakes Show Online Threats Rising; Beware Humor on Social Media – the Joke May Be on You and Your Reputation; Responding to Reports of Sexual Abuse of Students, Past and Present – The Convergence of Attitudes and Expectations; THE LAST SHOW – 27 Entertainers on the Disbelief and Despair that Took Over When Covid-19 Shut Down Their World; Inside the PGA Tour’s Shutdown at the 2020 Players Championship; Why Oprah’s Interview with Harry and Meghan Matters; New York Gov. Cuomo is the Textbook Example of How Not to Apologize
Monumental Crisis Management FAIL: Ted Cruz’s Mexican Vacation; Tone-Deaf or Bad Timing? Lady Gaga’s Reputation Management Nightmare; Are You Leading Your School’s Culture, Or Is It Leading Your School?; Texas Storm Communications Show Stark Messaging Contrasts; Stanford Researchers Identify Four Causes for ‘Zoom Fatigue’ and Their Simple Fixes; Why You Cannot Fake Your Feelings; A Peek Inside a Crisis War Room From Chicago Navy Pier’s Top Communicator; Slow Down and Write Better Emails
When Should You Correct Fake News on Social Media Sites; The Stupidity Defense; Six Things Every Attorney Should Do When Hiring And Managing A Communications Team; What’s Next When Your Apology is Not Accepted; Goodell Super Bowl Pre-Game Interview Showcases PR Fundamentals; What the Stockdale Paradox Tells Us About Crisis Leadership; KPMG’s Bill Michael Resigns After Telling Staff to ‘Stop Moaning’
Negative Online Client Reviews: ABA Gives Some Tips for Responding; Political Action Committee & Personal Political Contributions Revisited – Might This Be Only of Passing Interest?; One-Dose Two-Dose Vaccine Risk Communication: Another Impossible Thing to Believe Before Breakfast; After the Capitol Riot, What Is Your State of Preparedness?; CNN Public Editor: It’s Time to End the Panel Discussion Format; Is It a Good Idea to Tape Record Another Individual? And Just Because You Can, Should You?; National Law Review “Go To Thought Leader” Award Honoring Excellence in Legal Thought Leadership Goes to Hennes; Studio at the Bar
Political Action Committee & Personal Political Contributions Become the Next Reputational Challenge for Businesses, Law Firms & Their Clients; How the COVID-19 Vaccine May Cure What Ails Mickey Mouse; National Law Review “Go To Thought Leader” Award Honoring Excellence in Legal Thought Leadership Goes to Hennes; Building Trust in a Time of Turbulence; Tips for Communicating Internally and Externally in a Divided Country; Personal Security Considerations; Will You Require Employees to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?; Studio at the Bar
Come What May, All Bad Fortune Is to be Conquered by Endurance; The Light at the End of the Tunnel; Will You Require Employees to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?; Resolve to Combat Crisis Communication Chaos in 2021; Why You Need a Social Media Kill Switch During a Crisis; Crisis Management Lessons Learned From the 2020 Political Scene That Can Apply To Any Organization; Ten Things You Need to Know As…; Studio at the Bar
Lawyers, Demigods, Outrage Management & Crisis Communications; A Sobering Study About the Allure of Fake News; Sex Up the Truth to Battle Fake News; You Took a PPP Loan. Get Ready to Talk About It; What is Typosquatting, Why It’s Important & How to Avoid It; Absorb Chaos, Transform It Into Calm and Give Back Hope; On-Line Review Response by Rogue Consultant Leads to Suspension for OK Lawyer; Your Brain’s Built-In Biases Insulate Your Beliefs from Contradictory Facts
Tips for Better Video Calls; Ad Council’s Challenge: Persuade Skeptics to Believe in COVID Vaccines; A Key to Helping Clients Make Better Decisions During Crisis; Do You Have Leadership Presence?; 10 Lessons From CEOs on How to Manage Corporate Reputation in a New Era of Activism; How Can I Avoid Saying the Wrong Thing on Social Media?
Rage Against the Vaccine: Communicating COVID-19 Facts Amid Anti-Vaxxer Outcry; The Business of Requiring Masks: Have a Plan, Communicate Clearly; How to Fumble Public Relations: Fire the Popular Head of PR; Lessons in Law Firm Reputation Management: How Firm Leaders Should Prepare for Public Scrutiny When Representing Political Clients; Speaking in Times of Crisis; Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist Laurie Garrett Reiterates Dire Importance of Clear Communication Now; Creating Hitchhikers Not Hijackers in Your Virtual Meetings; The Tricks to Make Yourself Effortlessly Charming; The Intersection of Media & the Law
Personal Crisis: You Lose Your Job. A Media Training Technique Can Help You Get a New Gig; A Well-Crafted Crisis Response Plan Could Save Your Business; Authory – Hundreds of Articles on Crisis Management & Crisis Communications; You Have a Crisis Communications Plan. Now It’s Time to Test It with a Tabletop Drill; What Should Crisis Leadership Look Like?; How to Spot (and Fight) Election Misinformation; Situational Awareness – Election Day & Beyond; 3 Ways to Get Your Point Across While Wearing a Mask – Tips From an Award-Winning Speech Coach; What You Can Learn About Crisis Communications From Dr. Fauci; Every Day is a Crisis: Health Communications in a Pandemic
Caution – School One More Crisis Communications Challenge For Educators: The 2020 Election; You Have a Crisis Communications Plan. Now It’s Time to Test It with a Tabletop Drill; Cats Sleeping With Dogs: How Lawyers and Crisis Communicators Can Work Together; The Intersection of Law & the Media; 5 Communication Lessons From The Harris-Pence Debate; How Leaders Can Navigate Politicized Conversations and Inspire Collaboration; When a Leader Falls Ill: How to Communicate
Mastering the Zoom Apology; Dealing With a Crisis; What is Executive Presence, and How Can You Strengthen It?; Why You’re Getting So Many Text Messages Right Now; 10 Ways to Spot Online Misinformation; How Viewers of the Presidential Debates Can Become Better Informed Voters (And Not Alienate Family and Friends); US Presidential Debates: 3 Studies You Should Know About; Wells Fargo and Ellen Make it a Week of Weak Apologies
Who’s Zoomin’ Who? Zoom Body Language Hacks; Why Hiding Or Changing Facts To Protect Against ‘Panic’ Can Cause One; How Police Departments are Applying the Principles of Crisis Communications in the Age of Citizen Journalism; Are Fans Ready for Some NFL Football?; Be first. Be right. Be credible.; They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen?; The Two Political Conventions – It’s Not Just What You Heard, But What You Saw; National Preparedness Month; How to Make Sure Your Vote Counts in November; The Evolution of Terror: 6 Critical Threats 19 Years After 9/11; Crisis Comms Lessons From a Tennis Tantrum
Are the Biggest Threats to Your Organization’s Reputation Languishing in HR’s Bottom Drawer?; A Lawyer, C.I.A. Analyst and a Crisis Management Specialist Walk Into a Bar…; What if Facebook Is the Real ‘Silent Majority’?; Ten Things: Preparing Board of Director Meeting Minutes; Public Health’s Share of the Blame: US COVID-19 Risk Communication Failures; Crisis Communications in Sports; Recognizing Misinformation on the Internet; How to Make Sure Your Vote Counts in November; Eight Lessons I Learned from Hiring a Writing Coach; Lots of PR Firms Sell Their Crisis Work – Let The Buyer Beware
The Permeating Stench of Negative Media Coverage; In Ohio, a Newspaper Giant Is Beginning to Flex Its Reporting Muscle; “Woke-Washing” Your Company Won’t Cut It; Ten Things: Preparing Board of Director Meeting Minutes; Ellen’s Celebrity Defenders Aren’t Helping Her; Social Media Platforms Fight Back Against Manipulative Foreign Actors; Importance of PR for Hedge Funds; Corporations Must Look to Adopt a New Paradigm; McDonalds Does Crisis Management the Right Way
For Businesses Caught in the Crosshairs, Social Media Boycotts Mean More Than a Hill of Beans; Nailing Your TV News Interview – Part 2 – The Ambush; Learning to Dance With the Virus; Don’t Let a Crisis Become Your Legacy; Ellen DeGeneres — Time for a Crisis Management Lesson; Are You Prepared for Bad Press About One of Your Suppliers?; Journalism and Prediction During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Crisis Management – Your Organization’s Reputation is Its Largest Uninsured Asset; How to Nail Your TV News Interview – Part 1; Creating a Post-Pandemic Crisis Team; The Role of the Board Chair During a Crisis; Pulitzer Prize-Winning Coverage of the Kent State Shootings Through the Eyes of a Young Editor; Muddled COVID-19 Messaging: Sometimes the Data Changed; Other Times – Masks, for Example – Your Dishonesty Caught Up with You; How Talking About the Coronavirus as an Enemy Combatant Can Backfire; Six Things Every Attorney Should Do When Hiring And Managing A Communications Team
You Took a PPP Loan. Now Get Ready to Talk About It.; Crisis and Reputation Management Increasingly are About Managing Social Media; Newspaper Atones for Ad’s Bad Tone; The Facebook Ad Boycotts Have Entered the Big Leagues. Now What?; What Have We Learned from COVID-19?; Land O’Lakes Isn’t Talking About Its Logo Change, and That’s a Big Mistake; Journalists Believe News and Opinion are Separate, but Readers Can’t Tell the Difference; Are Employees’ Social Media Posts Still PR’s Problem to Solve?; Lots of PR Firms Sell Their Crisis Work – Let The Buyer Beware; Bruce Hennes Named to LAWDRAGON Global 100 Leaders in Legal Strategy and Consulting
How Trolls Spew Hate & What To Do If They Work for You; Today’s Must Read: Your Organization’s Social Media Policies; Forget Those Hokey, Fake Backgrounds on Zoom; Verbs Take Sides in George Floyd Demonstration Coverage; Food Brands Tweet #BlackLivesMatter, but What’s Behind the Words?; Science vs. Politics; National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal; Crisis Comms: Saying Nothing is the Worst Strategy; Lots of PR Firms Sell Their Crisis Work – Let The Buyer Beware
How Your COVID-19 Communications Can Prepare Your Company to Talk About Any Crisis; Making Customers, Clients, Patients & Diners Wear Face Masks; Crisis Communications: 5 Steps for Damage Control; Lots of PR Firms Sell Their Crisis Work – Let The Buyer Beware; Tips for a Better Video Call; The Importance of Understanding and Fulfilling the Duty of Reasonable Care When Reopening School; Women Ask for Coffee, Men Tend to Call in Favors: Why Pandemic Networking is Even Harder for Women; There, on the Shelf, a Familiar White Paperback; What Customers Need to Hear from You During the COVID Crisis
When and How to Emerge from Our COVID-19 Lockdown Is a Political Question; It Will Kill People Even If It’s Done Right; Why People Feel Misinformed, Confused, and Terrified About the Pandemic; Returning to the Classroom: How to Communicate Your District’s Plan to Reopen; Leadership in Action – Dr. Amy Acton, Director of Ohio’s Department of Health; Tips for a Better Video Call; How to Manage a Remote Law Firm and Legal Team Effectively During COVID-19; Risk Management Experts Discuss the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impacts on Risk Management, Resilience and Business Continuity; 3 Keys to a Successful Virtual Presentation; Board Leadership and Performance in a Crisis; How Gender Stereotypes Kill a Woman’s Self-Confidence
Communicating Your Re-Opening Amid COVID-19; Ashland University Professional Learning Podcast – Thom Fladung on Communication Best Practices; Leadership in Times of Crisis; Tips for a Better Video Call; Living and Working During This Pandemic. Finally, the Rules are Explained; Risk Management Experts Discuss the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impacts on Risk Management, Resilience and Business Continuity; Leading in a Crisis: How to Successfully Communicate; The National Security Agency’s Recommendations for Selecting and Safely Using Collaboration Services for Telework; Crisis Prep 101 for Attorneys; Looking Back on COVID-19
What We’ve Learned So Far: Communicating About COVID-19; COVID-19 – We’re Here for You (Yes, We Really, Really Are); Tips for a Better Video Call; When Court Moves Online, Do Dress Codes Still Matter?; Lots of PR Firms Sell Their Crisis Work – Let The Buyer Beware; When and How to Emerge from Our COVID-19 Lockdown Is a Political Question; It Will Kill People Even If It’s Done Right; What Customers Need to Hear from You During the COVID Crisis; How to Talk to Patients About COVID-19; Maintaining Role and Boundary Awareness When Teaching Remotely in a Time of Crisis: Being Alert to the Challenges of One-on-One Electronic Communications
Combating Uncertainty: How to Talk about COVID-19; Depression Layoffs in Age of Coronavirus: Delivering News That Will Make People Hate You; Tips for a Better Video Call; Lots of PR Firms Sell Their Crisis Work – Let The Buyer Beware; How the Pandemic Will End; When It Comes to the Pandemic, Scared Is Good; 9/11’s Lessons on Crisis Leadership; Be First. Be Right. Be Credible; Q&A: What can you do to help your employees through this COVID-19 crisis?; 5 Crisis Communications Lessons from Cuomo’s Coronavirus Response
As Coronavirus Spreads, Use Smart Communications to Spread Word on Your Plans; Houston Astros Sign Stealing Scandal In Extra Innings As Crisis Communication Errors Pile Up; Coronavirus – Crisis Management, Risk Communications & Practical Advice for Key Executives; Coronavirus: Allaying Panic, Doctors Talking to Patients, Comparing COVID-19 to Seasonal Flu & Reaction to President Trump’s News Conference; Coronavirus/COVID-19: Implications for Commercial and Financial Contracts; Schools Face Five Areas of Technological Risk; Pagers, Pay Phones, and Dialup: How We Communicated on 9/11
Coronavirus – Crisis Management, Risk Communications & Practical Advice for Key Executives; Murdering the King’s English: Grammatical Gaffes Can Kill Your Communications; Preparing for Allegations of Sexual Misconduct; Lots of PR Firms Sell Their Crisis Work – Let The Buyer Beware; Coronavirus & Risk Communications; FEMA & Emergency Management Partner Organizations Release “PrepTalk” on Lessons for Emergency Managers; Humans are Hardwired to Dismiss Facts That Don’t Fit Their Worldview; The Evolutionary Nature of Crisis Communications; Q&A: Don’t Hit ‘Send’ On Those Emails Before Calling Your Attorney
Strike Three, You’re Out: Houston Astros Cheat, Get Caught – And Then Ex-GM Boots Apology; Lots of PR Firms Sell Their Crisis Work – Let The Buyer Beware; Crisis and Reputation Management Increasingly are About Managing Social Media; RE:RE:RE:RE:RE: Getting Your Email Read; 9 Corporate Communications Changes to Anticipate for 2020; From the Annals of Litigation Communications: Wile E. Coyote, Plaintiff v. Acme Company, Defendant; Q&A: Practicing Law in the Public Spotlight
The Case for Crisis Management Teamwork; Crisis Communications Strategies for an Always-On Media Environment; Everything in Moderation: Some Best Practices about Moderating Panels; New to Crisis Management? Here’s a Quick Primer; How the Loss of the Landline Is Changing Family Life
Lessons From a School on Handling Social Media Crises; Why You Should Take Citizen Journalists with a Smartphone Very Seriously; Are You Leading Your School’s Culture, Or Is It Leading Your School?; Dark Waters; ‘Meth. We’re On It,’ South Dakota Says in Ridiculed Ad Campaign That Cost $449,000; Female Veterans, World War II Veterans Overrepresented in News Photos; Q&A: A reporter wants to interview me, and I don’t want to be identified as the source of the information. What do I do?
Dealing with Ambush Interviews; Why Auto-Marketing is Another Threat to Effective Crisis Management; Practicing Law In The Public Spotlight; Lawyers Should Not Rewrite Crisis Communications; Get Inside a Reporter’s Head to Prep for a Media Interview; A Crisis is Coming – Is Your Board on Board?; From Newsroom to Newsletter: How Local Journalists are DIYing Important Coverage via Email
Crisis Management: Communicating a Sudden Leadership Change; Practicing Law In The Public Spotlight; A Philosopher’s Definitive (And Slightly Maddening) Case Against Replay Review; A Brief History of Television Interviews – and Why Live TV Helps Those Who Lie and Want to Hide; Crisis Comms 101: How the British Civil Aviation Authority Guided Stakeholders Through Thomas Cook Turbulence; Q&A – I work for a government agency and am an elected official. Our office maintains a social media presence, my campaign maintains a social media presence, and I also have a personal Facebook page. What should I do to be sure my “personal” pages are not subject to public records law?
Crisis Management FAIL: Michigan State Paying the Price for Their Systemic Failure to Address the Nassar Sex Abuse Accusations; The Political Apology;
The Consequences of ‘Horse Race’ Reporting; Pagers, Pay Phones, and Dialup: How We Communicated on 9/11; Three Tips for Revamping Your Crisis Management Strategy; Q&A – How do you convince leadership that creating a crisis communications plan is a good idea?
Be Prepared. Not Scared. September is National Preparedness Month; Want a Good Answer Amid a Crisis? Know the Question Before It’s Asked; Q&A -What’s the difference between a public relations firm and a crisis communications firm?
Presentation Tips: When Your Speech Stands Between Your Audience and Happy Hour; Take a Breath: Legal Considerations for Your Communications; Why Does Using a Period in a Text Message Make You Sound Insincere or Angry?; Has the Crisis Communications ‘Golden Hour’ Disappeared?; Q&A – What do I do if the media wants to talk to me?
Cleveland Indians Pitcher Throws Fit, Hits Apology Out of the Park; How Best to Convey “Executive Presence” Non-Verbally; How the University of Iowa Recovered From the ‘Unfathomable’ Flood That Ruined It; Q&A How do I know whether I should respond to a negative social media comment about our organization?
Wayfair Learns the Cost of Doing Business Can Include a Damaged Reputation and Loss of Employee Faith; An Independence Day Salute to our Founding Fathers of Fake New News; The Audience in the Mind’s Eye: How Journalists Imagine Their Readers; The End of the Ad World as We Knew It; Body Language and Leadership Effectiveness – How to Achieve ‘Executive Presence’; Q&A – Where do people go now when news breaks?
Grappling with Social Media; Tactical and Operational Threat Assessment; 6 Questions on the Power—and Limits—of Litigation Communications; How Best to Convey “Executive Presence” Non-Verbally; How to Get Every Email Returned; Not Everything is a Crisis; Why Hennes?; Expert Witnesses for Online; Lawdragon Honors Hennes CEO; Public Risk Managers Have Key Role in Handling Catastrophes; Cities are Not Tornado-Free Zones. Map Your Safety Plan in Advance; How to Speak Up When You Can’t Find the Words; If a PR Crisis Happens to Your Company, Will You Know What to Do? 5 Tips.; Understand the 4 Components of Influence
“Taking Out the Trash” is Not a Crisis Management Option; When the CEO Must be the Spokesperson; What To Do if There’s a Harvey Weinstein in Your Ranks; Save the Recordings of School Shootings; The Day TV Journalism Died; Criminalizing the Boardroom: A Communications Guidebook for Prosecutorial Targets; More Exclamation Points, Please !!!!!!; Q & A – What are the “best” answers during a crisis?; Not Everything is a Crisis; Lawdragon Honors Hennes CEO