Push the distributed communication envelope

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…

The Hobson & Holtz Report – Podcast #235: April 26, 2007

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 Systems; listeners’ comments discussion; upcoming Ragan conference in…

IABC brings professional development opportunities to China

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 program with members of SPRA…

Are you a PR darling?

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…

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