Pivoting the FIR podcast

When Shel and I started the For Immediate Release podcast, usually abbreviated to ‘FIR,’ in January 2005, we had a big vision for it. We wanted to have a conversation about topics that interested us at that intersection of business, communication, and technology. As we noted in a post on December 21, 2004, introducing the forthcoming podcast, “We’ll bring a balanced view on what’s going on in the US and Europe in communication, technology and other relevant topics.” We thought…

Topical issues for business communicators right now

On Monday January 2, I had a blast being a guest co-presenter on the For Immediate Release (FIR) podcast episode 68 with Shel Holtz, CC Chapman and Dan York. Over the course of a lively 97 minutes – FIR podcasts always go for the long listen – we discussed, debated and opined on topical issues that are on the attention-agenda for many communicators. Here’s the headline list of what we discussed: The incoming press secretary for President-Elect Donald Trump has…

Meet up with Shel Holtz on his UK trip

If you’re a listener to the FIR podcast – specifically, The Hobson and Holtz Report – you’ll know Shel HoltzĀ  as my co-presenter in our weekly show that we began in 2005. In January 2015, we will celebrate ten years of doing this together. I’ve known Shel for more than 20 years and, given our physical locations eight hours apart – he’s in California, USA, and I’m in the UK – we don’t get to physically meet up that frequently.…

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