Yes, Stefan, They ARE Storytellers

“My philosophy has always been that I believe that art is not an elitist gift for a few select people. Art is for everyone.” — Richard Attenborough Recently, Juxtapoz featured a video by Stefan Sagmeister in which he proudly proclaimed, “No fuckhead, you are not a storyteller” to, well essentially anyone who isn’t a novel writer or…Read more Yes, Stefan, They ARE Storytellers

When “Rallying Your Support” Goes So, So Wrong

"I love it when a plan comes together." - John "Hannibal" Smith (George Peppard), The A-Team "I love it more when it falls apart." - Yours Truly. The poor Washington NFL Team. Yesterday, someone at the Washington NFL team’s public relations office apparently decided that rallying the team’s fans against Senator Harry Reid and the…Read more When “Rallying Your Support” Goes So, So Wrong

When “The Best Camera” You Have Needs to be Better

(With a huge tip of the hat to Geoff Livingston's kick ass post from about a month ago looking at the same topic, it was a huge inspiration for me to finally finish and hit publish on this post. I don't want to take anything away from Geoff, you should read his post first then come…Read more When “The Best Camera” You Have Needs to be Better

Why Do You Need a “Chief of Staff?”

“I’ve gotta keep the knucklehead stuff off of his desk, and this is worse. This is actual hot-button knucklehead. This could be a thing.” John Spencer as Leo McGarry “The West Wing” Congratulations! You’re now a CEO. The leader of an organization. (Large or small, nonprofit or for profit. It doesn't matter) But your time…Read more Why Do You Need a “Chief of Staff?”

Making Your Community Relations Play

Community relations needs to be a large part of any overall communication campaign, whether you're working in politics, corporate PR, nonprofit or association communications. If you're going to be serious about community relations, you have to be involved in your community (online or offline) long before you actually need them. You're working to build up…Read more Making Your Community Relations Play

Everything I know about social media I learned in Powerlifting

I want to share a secret with you - many years, and about 65 pounds ago, I had been a devotee of something with a much greater pull than even social media and its allure. That's right, I had been a quasi-athlete (not a great one, but just one), well I was a rugby player…Read more Everything I know about social media I learned in Powerlifting

Organizational Evangelism, or “Darwin’s Bulldog 2.0”

Recently I’ve been talking with my friends about an idea that business guru Guy Kawasaki has been at the forefront of for many years, the idea of “product evangelism” or utilizing your biggest supporters to positively promote a product or organization (i.e. Apple’s iCabal). Following up on this thought, you should look at how to…Read more Organizational Evangelism, or “Darwin’s Bulldog 2.0”