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Vacation!

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 […]

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Back to School

Posted by janelle on April 14, 2011 in Media relations, Strategy |

Over the last week, I’ve had the opportunity to visit Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University to discuss the variety of work available for public relations professionals interested in politics and policy. Saturday, I joined new PR professionals and career-changers at the Puget Sound PRSA Career Jumpstart Conference. Wednesday, I visited Barry Mitzman’s Strategic Communications […]

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Finding the opportunity in your crisis

Posted by janelle on September 20, 2010 in Strategy |

I listened in to a great Webinar on crisis communications today during lunch, thanks to www.ragan.com.  What a great reminder of how every crisis contains an opportunity. Today’s call took me back to one of the most painful crises I’ve been involved in to date. Back in 2004, in a debate over health care policy, […]

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“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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