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Now is the Time – Media Training for Attorneys & Their Clients

Whether it’s a staff meeting on Teams, a webinar on Zoom, a private conversation on FaceTime or a short training video you record on WebEx, it’s not just what you say, but how you say it.  And if it’s an interview with a seasoned reporter, the stakes are even higher.  You must be prepared to answer […]

Why ‘Off the Record’ is a High-Wire Act Best Avoided

By Hennes Communications Q:  A reporter wants to interview me, and I don’t want to be identified as the source of the information.  What do I do? A:  The reporter’s goal is to interview you with no strings attached – everything you say and do can be reported. This is called “on the record” and […]

Want A Good Answer Amid A Crisis? Know The Question Before It’s Asked

By Thom Fladung/Hennes Communications The Q&A session is a staple of leadership, whether those questions come at you in employee meetings, community forums or in an interview with a journalist. It can be challenging in any setting. But doing a Q&A amid a crisis or serious issue your company or organization is facing ratchets up […]

Please immerse yourself in this hyper-superior treatise on corporate verbalization (or, read this)

[By Thom Fladung, Hennes Communications] We were engaging with social media recently when we stumbled upon a sustainable, immersive vehicle that provided an optimal way forward for strengthening corporate discourse and leveraging an enhanced communications dialogue. In other words, we found a great story about corporate-speak and how to avoid it. Lucy Kellaway of the […]

Why Peyton Manning Gave Budweiser $3 Million in Free Advertising

From Time Magazine: Anheuser-Busch InBev plunked down about $15 million for Super Bowl advertisements this year to promote its Budweiser and Bud Light brands. But one of the company’s most memorable plugs during Sunday’s game—from Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning—came for free. In a post-game interview with CBS’s Tracy Wolfson, Manning said he planned to […]

Online Comment Boards: Learn to Swim Before Jumping in the Water

[By Thom Fladung, Hennes Communications]   The first of two parts on how best to deal with online comments. Today: How to be prepared. Next: How to get involved.     John Kroll has some advice about news story online comments for folks in charge of their organizations’ reputations: Know the water before you jump […]

Crisis Management – How to Appear Confident & Self-Assured, Even When You’re Not

Stereotypes are tough to challenge or break.  Whether you’re an entrepreneur, executive director, school superintendent, hospital administrator, businessperson, consultant or one of a thousand other job titles, the usual, and unfortunate, model of gravitas and accomplishment is the 60-year-old, gray-haired male.  Especially when it “hits the fan,” clients look for both the familiar, the trustworthy – […]

10 Body Language Tricks to Power Up Your Career in 2016

From body language expert Carol Kinsey Goman: Body language can be your greatest career asset. Here are ten simple and powerful tips to help you have a super successful 2016. 1) To make a great first impression, begin before you enter the room. In business interactions, first impressions are crucial. Once someone mentally labels you […]

5 Crisis Management Resolutions for 2016

[By Nora Jacobs, Hennes Communications] Unless your organization was incredibly lucky this past year, either something bad happened to you, or you – or someone associated with you – did something bad to someone else.  Even though we work with clients in crisis virtually every day, we are constantly amazed by the never-ending variety of […]

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