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Hennes Communications’ twice-a-month newsletter, Crisis Management Today, keeps readers informed about the discipline of crisis management with authoritative commentary and best practices from breaking crises in the news.

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Crisis Management Today:
Who’s Zoomin’ Who? 9/15/20

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

Crisis Management Today:
The Biggest Threats to Your Organization’s Reputation 9/1/20

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

Crisis Management Today:
The Permeating Stench of Negative Media Coverage 8/15/20

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

Crisis Management Today:
Businesses Caught in the Crosshairs 8/1/20

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 Today:
Your Organization’s Reputation is Its Largest Uninsured Asset 7/15/20

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

Crisis Management Today:
You Took a PPP Loan.  Now Get Ready to Talk About it. 7/1/20

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

Crisis Management Today:
How Trolls Spew Hate & What To Do If They Work for You- 6/15/20

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

Crisis Management Today:
How Your COVID-19 Communications Can Prepare Your Company to Talk About Any Crisis – 6-01-20

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

Crisis Management Today:
Why People Feel Misinformed About the Pandemic 5-15-20

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

Crisis Management Today:
Communicating Your Re-Opening Amid COVID-19 5-6-20

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

Crisis Management Today:
What We’ve Learned So Far 4-15-20

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

Crisis Management Today:
Talking About Coronavirus 4-1-20

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

Crisis Management Today:
As Coronavirus Spreads, Use Smart Communications 3-1-20

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

Crisis Management Today:
Coronavirus & Using “Peace Time” Wisely 2/9/20

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

Crisis Management Today:
Strike Three – You’re Out !! 1/18/20

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

Crisis Management Today:
The Case For Crisis Management 12/15/19

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

Crisis Management Today:
Lawyers Should Not Rewrite Crisis Communications 11/24/19

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?

Crisis Management Today:
Dealing With Ambush Interviews 11/1/19

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 Today:
Communicating A Sudden Leadership Change 10/1/19

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 Today:
A Reputation Management Lesson: Even The Legends Must Be On Guard – Constantly 9/15/19

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?

Crisis Management Today:
Crisis Comm’s For Hurricanes 9/1/19

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?

Crisis Management Today:
Epstein & Twitter – The Dark Side Turns Darker 8/15/19

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?

Crisis Management Today:
What Crisis Managers Can Learn from Notre Dame 8/1/19

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?

Crisis Management Today:
Why “Winging It” is Not an Option for Your News Interview 7/19/19

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?

Crisis Management Today:
Grappling with Social Media 6/15/19

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

Crisis Management Today:
Taking Out the Trash is Not a Crisis Management Option 6/2/19

“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

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