Andrea Weckerle will answer your questions at FIR’s April 5 Book Club session

Andrea Weckerle, author of Civility in the Digital Age, is set to take your questions during FIR’s next Book Club, which Book Review Editor Bob LeDrew will host.

Friday, April 5, 2013
9am PDT | 11am CDT | 12 pm EDT | 5pm BST
FIR Book Club at TalkShoe

Andrea WeckerleAndrea is also the founder and president of CiviliNation, a non-profit organization established to take a stand against online hostility, character assassination and adult cyberbullying. LeDrew’s review of Civility in the Digital Age was posted to FIR last week. Andrea also appeared in an FIR interview in January 2010 to discuss CiviliNation.

Andrea is an attorney licensed to practice law in Washington D.C. and New Jersey. She earned her Juris Doctor at T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, where she also served on the Senior Staff of the Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, the first exclusively online, student-edited law journal in the U.S. In addition to her law degree, she underwent extensive mediation training, earning certificates in Commercial Mediation, Conflict Resolution Processes, and Healthcare Mediation. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Communications/Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

After law school, Andrea worked within the Legal Management Services division of an international professional services firm, where she helped design, develop and implement comprehensive alternative dispute resolution systems for Fortune 500 companies. During her tenure at the firm, she also served on the international team of a high-profile, politically sensitive investigatory review of World War II-era banking records for two international financial institutions and a U.S. state regulatory agency. Before founding CiviliNation, she ran her own boutique communications consultancy and worked with nationally-recognized agencies, where her experience included legal and corporate communications, as well as online communications and social media.

Andrea lived in Pakistan, Madagascar, Germany and the United States while growing up and now resides in the United States. She is bilingual in English and German.

Join Andrea for a lively chat with FIR Book Review Editor Bob LeDrew and participate in the conversation! Details are on the TalkShoe Book Club site.

(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

FIR Book Review: Civility in the Digital Age by Andrea Weckerle

Civility in the Digital AgeAndrea Weckerle was an FIR Interview guest in January 2010, discussing CiviliNation, the organization she co-founded to promote civil behaviour online.

Now, as part of that effort, she has written Civility in the Digital Age, a review of the issues affecting civility online and proposing a “30-Day Action Plan” for restoring civility to your corner of the digital world

In this FIR podcast, Book Review Editor Bob LeDrew reviews Civility in the Digital Age.

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Civility in the Digital Age: How Companies and People Can Triumph over Haters, Trolls, Bullies and Other Jerks, by Andrea Weckerle.

Publisher: Que Publishing
Ebook and paperback (320 pages) editions
Published in the US: February 2013
ISBN: 978-0789750242

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(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

FIR Interview: Intel’s Ekaterina Walter on her new book, Think Like Zuck

Think Like ZuckFacebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a lightning rod for controversy, but there is no denying that his entrepreneurial vision led to the creation of one of the most important tools of our time. With over 1 billion active users, Facebook has redefined networking and had a massive influence on branding, marketing and customer engagement.

In her new book, Think Like Zuck, Intel social media strategist Ekaterina Walter explores the five critical elements that drive the success of Facebook and businesses like it, including having passion to change the world, clear vision and higher purpose to execute, extraordinary team-building skills, and a flexible business strategy.

In this FIR interview, co-hosts Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz spend half an hour with Walter discussing the book and her motivation for writing it.

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Ekaterina WalterEkaterina Walter is a social innovator at Intel. A recognized business and marketing thought leader, she is a speaker and a regular contributor to Mashable, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and other leading-edge print and online publications. She is author of the book Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook’s Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Walter has been featured in Forbes and BusinessReviewUSA and was named among 25 Women Who Rock Social Media in 2012. She sits on the Board of Directors of Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and is an active member of the Thunderbird Global Council at Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Connect with Ekaterina on Twitter @Ekaterina.

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(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

FIR Interview: Lee LeFever of Common Craft

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artofexplanationbookLee LeFever, founder of explainer video company Common Craft, is out with a new book, The Art of Explanation.

Far too few explanations are included in most communication and marketing efforts; the focus is on selling instead of explaining the whats and whys people may be wondering about. Common Craft’s well-known In Plain English videos set a standard for how a clear, easy-to-understand explanation can add value to a communication effort.

In this FIR interview, co-host Shel Holtz chats with LeFever about the book, Common Craft and explanations in general.

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leelefeverLee LeFever is the Chief Explainer, illustrator and voice of Common Craft who is widely credited for inspiring the video explanation industry. Since 2007, the company has won numerous awards, created explanations for the world’s most respected brands including Intel, Google, Dropbox and Ford and earned over 50 million online video views.

Today, Common Craft’s mission is to make the world a more understandable place to live and work by inspiring and equipping professionals to become explanation specialists.

Follow Common Craft on Twitter at @CommonCraft. Follow Lee at @leelefever.

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FIR Book Review: What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us by Guy Kawasaki

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whatthepluscoverGoogle+ is Google’s social network, launched publicly in September 2011 following a three-month beta test phase. According to its Wikipedia entry, as of September 2012, it has a total of 400 million registered users of whom 100 million are active on a monthly basis.

In What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us Version 2.0, author (and unashamed Google+ evangelist) Guy Kawasaki explains how to get started, create an enchanting profile, optimize your content for social searches, share posts and photos, conduct video hangouts, and gain followers.

Each of the 15 chapters in the book’s nearly-200 pages offers practical advice and great tips that help you quickly grasp much of the specifics and get up to speed with using Google+.

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What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us Version 2.0, by Guy Kawasaki.

Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Ebook and paperback (208 pages) editions
Published in the US: September 2012
ISBN: 978-0-07-181010-4
MHID: 0-07-181010-2

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This FIR Book Review is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years. Information: www.ragan.com.

(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

FIR Interview: Philip Sheldrake and Stephen Waddington on ‘Share This’

sharethisbookcover“Social media has become an invaluable tool in my PR armoury by giving me a direct voice to speak directly to members of the media and the general public,” says Lord Sugar. “This book is a useful guide to using social media effectively.”

Gaining such a glowing endorsement for a business book from one of the UK’s most influential business leaders, media personalities and political advisers is no mean feat. It sets the focus well for Share This: The Social Media Handbook for PR Professionals from the CIPR.

Described as “a practical handbook to the biggest changes taking place in the media and its professions by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ Social Media Panel,” Share This was conceived and written by more than 20 public relations practitioners representing a cross-section of public, private and voluntary sector expertise using many of the social tools and techniques that it addresses.

In this FIR Interview, co-host Neville Hobson discusses the book with Philip Sheldrake and Stephen Waddington, two of the central figures behind it and much of the CIPR’s proactive work in recent years to get social media on the agenda of CIPR members.

The wide-ranging conversation starts with both men’s perspectives on what the book is and who it’s aimed at. The discussion covers how the contributors were identified and brought in to the project, and looks at its editorial process focused on ‘the cloud,’ the challenges in managing such crowd-sourced content and how it all fitted with established traditional book-publishing processes at the publisher Wiley.

The two also offered their thoughts on the work of the CIPR’s Social Media Panel and what the future may hold.

Share This is published in the UK in July 2012 (in August 2012 in the US), in hardcopy and digital editions, and is available from Amazon and other booksellers.

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philipsheldrake2Philip Sheldrake is a Chartered Engineer, technology consultant, author and public relations professional. He wrote The Business of Influence in 2011. He is a founding partner of Meanwhile, a main board director of Intellect and director of 6UK.

He is a founding member of the CIPR’s Social Media Panel and leads its policy group on campaign measurement and evaluation.

Philip’s expertise spans business strategy, IT and web strategy, product engineering and technology, management consultancy, public relations and social web analytics.

Connect with Philip on Twitter: @sheldrake.

stephenwaddingtonStephen Waddington is a PR moderniser that has worked in the media and corporate communications since the rise of the internet and the dawn of digital media. He has helped brands such as the Associated Press, Cisco, The Economist, IBM, Tesco and Virgin Media Business to manage their reputations.

He is co-author of Brand Anarchy published in March 2012, and is editor of and contributor to Share This.

He is managing director of the award-winning Speed Communications launched in 2009, which has rapidly become one of the UK’s most prominent public relations agencies, working with clients across conventional, digital and owned media.

Stephen understands how the media landscape works online and offline and champions good practice as a writer, conference speaker and award winning-blogger. He is a CIPR Accredited Practitioner and member of the UK’s PRCA Council, CIPR Council and the CIPR Social Media Panel.

Stephen is also chairman of Admiral PR & Marketing, the regional agency based in Manchester and Newcastle. He is married with three children and splits his time between London and home on a small holding in rural Northumberland.

Connect with Stephen on Twitter: @wadds.

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(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)