Posted by janelle on March 22, 2012 in Tips |

Have you committed any of these  “5 Presentation Sins?” Do you: Cling to the podium? Use PowerPoint as your teleprompter? Exhaust your audience with information overload? Forget the stories? or Wing it? There’s still time to repent and reinvent! Thanks, Cvent, for the great tips for speakers and event planners alike.


Lessons from a snowstorm

Posted by janelle on January 22, 2012 in Leadership, Tips |

Last week brought a series of lessons in emergency preparedness for many across Washington as our state was walloped with as much as24 inches of snow in some areas followed by a debilitating ice storm that resulted in massive power outages impacting more than 325,000 households. Times like these shine a huge spotlight on your […]


Weekly Roundup

Posted by janelle on January 14, 2012 in Media relations, Politics, Tips |

The first week of the 2012 session of the Washington State Legislature was as crazy-busy as I expected, including: An editorial board with The Olympian; A fascinating forum with Secretary of State Sam Reed, three of my favorite current and former journalists and former Sen. Slade Gorton; An inspiring anti-trafficking event with Washington Engage; and […]



Posted by janelle on August 3, 2011 in Strategy, Tips |

I’m almost to the end of my two-week vacation and I’ve tried really hard to disconnect, not think about work and really relax. Like many Americans, I have an over-inflated sense of my importance at work. Amazingly enough, everything seems to be going along fine without me! I’m actually enjoying not being on my Blackberry […]


Breaking the block

Posted by janelle on February 1, 2011 in Tips |

Few things are more satisfying than researching and writing a good speech.  Similarly, few things are more frustrating than writers’ block when you’re on deadline writing a speech. Whenever the dreaded block hits, I turn to my favorite books to break through. Somehow spending a few minutes reading some really good writing puts me back […]


R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find out what it means to me

Posted by janelle on August 9, 2010 in Leadership, Tips |

It’s easy to show your employees how much you value them when times are good. You can invest in their futures through great professional development opportunities. You have funds for internal conferences. You’re able to provide merit increases and promotions for your hardest working employees. But now, times are tough. Raises have been replaced by […]


The tip of the iceberg?

Posted by janelle on August 6, 2010 in Social Media, Tips |

Deirdre Breakenridge at PR 2.0 posed an interesting question the other day on her blog: Do you think social media is helping companies reveal more about themselves and their vision– and do you think that anyone or any company will ever expose a much higher percentage of that information? She relayed a story about the […]


To link or not to link…

Posted by janelle on August 6, 2010 in Tips, Web |

One of my favorite writing coaches, Ann Wylie, recently posted a new article on her Web site – Chain reaction: Write web links that work – where she suggests embedding links in your text distracts readers and damages your ability to clearly communicate with your audiences. So how do you handle the desire to share […]


“He who fails to plan, plans to fail”

Posted by janelle on July 20, 2010 in Leadership, Strategy, Tips |

As a journalism major, I graduated with a solid grasp of AP style, the inverted pyramid, basic reporting and attention to detail. In January 1996, I had the opportunity to move into full-time public relations. That summer, I found the Public Relations Society of America Web site and learned the basics of communications planning. Over […]

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