Canadian blogger Mark Evans has a thoughtful post about how to communicate better. He talks about the tools - phone, email, SMS, IM, etc - and concludes that face-to-face is the be-all and end-all of communication between people. I don't disagree, for some of the reasons Mark mentions: [...] The ability to read body language, facial expressions, intonation, etc. makes person-to-person communications work and work well. It can also change the tone of a relationship. Think about how a long e-mail … [Read more...] about Push the distributed communication envelope
Archives for April 2007
Yesterday's Dilbert strip. Amusing yet eerily reflective of what actually does happen in some companies. Scott Adams is wickedly perceptive about organizations. … [Read more...] about Dear God, no!
Content summary: Luke Armour's virtual PR murder mystery; Shel's Toronto experiences; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; CIPR asks if PR qualifications are a necessity; are we taking too narrow a view about social media?; Gartner predicts 80% of internet users will use virtual worlds; voice coming to Second Life; Blue Cross pet charity launches petcasts; Dan York reports on landscaping, Ustream and podcast download statistics; Eric Schwartzman interviews Jeanette Gibson, Cisco … [Read more...] about The Hobson & Holtz Report – Podcast #235: April 26, 2007
As a long-time member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) with a strong belief in the value of connecting communicators on a global basis, I was very interested to learn that IABC has partnered with the Shanghai Public Relations Association (SPRA) to bring IABC’s accreditation programme to China. In a press release yesterday, IABC said: [...] Leaders of both associations signed an agreement today in which IABC will conduct a formal accreditation completion … [Read more...] about IABC brings professional development opportunities to China
During last night's PR Unspun event in London, I kept noticing business cards scattered on various tables at the venue. The cards were promoting PR Darlings, a social networking service that describes itself as "Socialising for the PR Industry. Meet PR people, get industry news, find jobs, share photos and blogs." I rarely sign up for such things, but I have for this one. I just like the sheer irreverence: [...] PR Darlings is about making new friends, learning about people’s lives … [Read more...] about Are you a PR darling?
Nearly 150 people crowded into a private room at the Slug & Lettuce pub in London's Soho last night for PR Unspun, an event organized by Chinwag Live. I was there as part of the panel which included Jacqui White, Online Communications Director, Edelman UK; Stephanie Bonnet, Director, Burson-Marsteller London; and Mark Rogers, CEO, Market Sentinel. The chair was Mike Butcher. Everyone was there to talk about the Big Question for the PR profession - how is the PR industry adapting now that … [Read more...] about Unspinning PR one dent at a time
So TechCrunch UK is planning to relaunch on June 1. Part of the prep is hiring a new editor. The big TechCrunch falling-out was a lively story in the blogosphere late last year when Michael Arrington shut down the UK site. In the four months since then, former TechCrunch UK editor Sam Sethi and co-editor Mike Butcher have moved on, filling the gap with their own sites focusing on tech start-ups, among other things. While it will be good to see TechCrunch UK back up and running, there's no … [Read more...] about The return of TechCrunch UK
Content summary: Neville's 24-hour cold and the Vista effect on recording; Shel on the social outcomes from social media; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; reputation damage and the GMTV phone quiz 'irregularity'; borrowing social media ideas for Accenture's intranet; Second Life Business Communicators meet at Edelman Island; Alex Bellinger: EU threatens online retailers; UK survey on online investor communication; Lee Hopkins reports; listeners' comments discussion; the music; and … [Read more...] about The Hobson & Holtz Report – Podcast #234: April 23, 2007