Follower’s Tips on: What’s the best piece of crisis communications advice you were ever given?

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Crisis communications tips can be spread across the web and social media each day. How can you tell which tips you should tune into and which tips you should tune out? Earlier this week, crisis communications expert Gerard Braud asked his social media followers, public relations professionals, and media relations experts, “What’s the best piece of crisis […]

What’s the Best Piece of Public Relations Advice You Were Ever Given?

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Crisis communications expert Gerard Braud asks his social media followers, public relations professionals, and media relations experts, “What’s the best piece of public relations advice you were ever given?” Maybe you have been educated for years on public relations, attending presentations, sitting in classrooms, joining professional PR associations like PRSA or PRSSA, hearing from advisors, professors, instructors, and […]

PR Discussion Question: What are the worst phrases you’ve heard in a crisis communications statement?

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Crisis communications expert Gerard Braud asks his social media followers, public relations professionals, and media relations experts, “What are the worst phrases you’ve heard in a crisis communications statement?” Politicians, spokespeople, CEOs and even seasoned public relations professionals have made some serious media interview mistakes over the years. Their failed crisis communications statements often go […]

Media Relations Tips on the Best Way to Get to Know Your Local Reporters

On social media, we asked our public relations community, “What is the best way to get to know your local reporters?” All this week many corporate spokespeople, CEOs, and subject matter experts shared their tips and their best media relations practices. When you are facing a crisis, local reporters will be responsible for telling your […]

Expert Crisis Communications & Crisis Management Begin with Managing Expectations

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By Gerard Braud As the flooding disaster in Houston continues from Hurricane Harvey, and as I look back today, August 29th, on the 12th anniversary of my own experience with Hurricane Katrina, one element of crisis communications, crisis management, and disaster management looms heavy: Manage the expectations of your audience. In the case of Houston, […]

“What should your first words be in a media interview?” PR Tips

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To help out our public relations community and in order to share valuable tips among one another, this week we asked social media,  “What should your first words be in a media interview?” Media relations and public relations experts have weighed in on social media and we are featuring some of their answers in today’s […]

The Best Way to Write a Crisis Communications Plan: Tips from Followers

This week’s PR discussion question was, “What’s the best way to write a crisis communications plan?” Writing a crisis communications plan can be daunting, and look like a task too big to tackle. Even the best public relations professionals and corporate communications professionals can really struggle to write an effective crisis communication plan. That’s why […]

Best Way to Write a Crisis Communications Plan : PR Discussion

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Writing a crisis communications plan can be daunting, and look like a task too big to tackle. Even the best public relations professionals and corporate communications professionals can really struggle to write an effective crisis communication plan. That’s why we often see so many companies using a plan that they found online. We have seen […]

Should you write a letter to the editor for a bad story, or let it die? PR Tips

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Earlier this week, crisis communications expert Gerard Braud polled social media to ask, “Should you write a letter to the editor for a bad story, or let it die?” Public relations experts, corporate communicators, and media relations experts have weighed in and shared their comments. You can watch this week’s video to hear their thoughts, […]

What’s the best way to write a crisis communications plan?

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I’m polling social media this week to hear media relations and communications professional’s best answers on, “What’s the best way to write a crisis communications plan?” Should you write for the crisis at hand? Should you compile your best writers or your best communicators to create a crisis plan writing team? Should you schedule a […]

How can you stop saying “um” in a media interview?

Corporate communicators and public relations professionals can tell when a spokesperson has not been effectively media trained. They may stutter, say the wrong things, or use fillers like “um,” and “uh.” The use of these fillers may be due to nervousness or lack of preparation. I’m polling social media this week to hear media relations and communications […]

Sharing Your Tips: How long should a crisis communications plan be?

By Gerard Braud – How long should a crisis communication plan be? We posed the question earlier this week for corporate communications, public relations, and crisis communications professionals to answer. Watch today’s BraudCast video to hear what the pros had to say, as well as some of my crisis expert tips. Some experts commented on […]

Please comment: How long should a crisis communications plan be?

By Gerard Braud – Is a five page crisis communications plan long enough to communicate effectively on your darkest day? What about 12 pages? How can corporate communications professionals or crisis experts tell if a plan is detailed and thorough enough to walk you through the steps of managing your crisis? There are plenty of […]

Crisis Communications Tips: How Long Should a Crisis Plan Be?

By Gerard Braud – This week we asked corporate communicators and public relations professionals, “How long should a crisis communication plan be?” They have weighed in with their best tips on our social media accounts. Interestingly enough, not one contributor shared a certain number of pages that a crisis plan should be. Others emphasized that […]

Corporate Communicators Answered: What Do You Do When Leadership Listens to Lawyers more than the PR Team?

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By Gerard Braud – This week we asked you for your best public relations practices, like we do every week on the BraudCast. We wanted corporate communicators and PR professionals to weigh in on the question, “If Your Leadership Team Listens to Corporate Lawyers More Than They Listen to the Public Relations Team How Do […]

You answered: Should social media be a part of your crisis communications strategy?

By Gerard Braud – Social media has changed the way that corporate communicators must react to effectively manage a crisis. This week public relations and media relations professionals from all over the world shared their advice on whether or not social media should be part of their crisis communication strategy. Their expert opinion is featured today and every week on the […]

Should social media be a part of your crisis communications plan and strategy?

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By Gerard Braud – It is time for you to voice your opinion on crisis communications plans and strategy. Each week we seek your best PR practices on the BraudCast. Your discussion question is, “Should social media be a part of your crisis communications strategy?” Social media has changed the way that media relations and public […]

Can David Vitter Overcome Reputational Damage from a Crisis He Created?

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By Gerard Braud – In the world of crisis communications many will offer the expert advice that recovery is about reputational damage and repair. In the current political race for governor in Louisiana this week, the outcome will be decided on the consideration of how long reputational damage lasts and if a request for forgiveness […]

IABC Calgary Conference Podcast: Top Takeaway Crisis Communications Lessons

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As a keynote speaker at the IABC Canada-West Region Conference, I was asked to do a podcast discussing crisis communications lessons for public relations and communications professionals.  Vice President of IABC Calgary, Will Tigley interviews me to talk about crucial communications issues in today’s industry. Here were a few of the major crisis communications planning aspects to […]

BraudCast Answer: How quickly do you need to issue a public statement when a crisis happens?

Companies, schools, and various organizations often spend hours writing press releases from scratch and reviewing them with their public relations managers and legal teams before they are ever presented to the media or to their employees. This slow process causes the media to become impatient and begin interviewing speculating eyewitnesses on the street, who may only make your […]

BraudCast Answer: Who should be your spokesperson in a crisis?

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Some experts say a media trained public relations professional should take the lead as the spokesperson in a crisis, while others suggest a sympathetic statement from a senior executive or CEO. From a crisis management standpoint, this topic is crucial considering a bad media interview can only worsen your crisis, damage your reputation and harm your […]

Please Share Your Public Relations Smarts: Here is How

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Because you are so darn smart, it is time to share YOUR smarts. Your bite size bits of best practices are valuable to others just like you. So — ta-dah, drum roll – behold, The BraudCast 2.0 where you are invited to share your best practices in public relations, media relations, social media, crisis communications […]

Tutorial #21 Great New Technology for Uploading Videos to the Web During Your Crisis

Tutorial #21 by Gerard Braud– In this series of tutorials I have reviewed the basics on getting great audio, perfecting your lighting, and how to hold your smart device. In this tutorial, I am taking it a step further to show you some of the latest pieces of equipment I purchased that make iReporting or […]

Tutorial #2 Lessons from Game Changing Crisis Communications for Hurricane Season

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Tutorial #2 by Gerard Braud, iReporter Evangelist With hurricane season upon us, and other violent weather such as floods, hail, and tornadoes hitting much of the United States this time of year, we are focusing on how to effectively use video to communicate in a crisis. Today’s lesson stems from what we learned eight years […]

6 PR Questions: Are You a Rug or a Flying Carpet?

By Gerard Braud – In your public relations and communications role, which are you? Are you a rug or a flying carpet? My dream is for you to soar as a PR expert, being both a thought leader and a brilliant, innovative, practitioner of your craft. My fear is that you let the so-called leaders […]

3 Key Human Resources Considerations & 5 Strategies for Employee Communications in a Crisis

By Gerard Braud – You’ve heard HR leaders and executives say it many times, “Our employees are our number one asset.” If this is true, should those same employees also become your most important audience when a crisis strikes? An increasing number of HR departments are taking the lead in crisis communications planning to make […]

The Crisis Management Wake-up Call for Communities, Government, Law Enforcement and Business

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By Gerard Braud – Generally we talk about crisis communications. But sometimes, we need to talk about crisis management. If we manage a crisis to keep it from happening, then we don’t need to communicate about it. Often, crisis management can begin by looking at case studies. The crisis in Ferguson, Missouri should have been […]

Crisis Communications Through Technology and Social Media: The Earthquake Video

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By Gerard Braud – The day is coming when you will need to be an expert in crisis communication using smart phone technology and social media. Actually, you should already be an expert and it is just a matter of time before we discover if you are prepared. Saturday morning I turned on the Today […]

When “It” Hits the Fan: Effective Crisis Communication for the Chemical Industry

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By Gerard Braud – It’s an honor to be invited to deliver the morning keynote presentation today to the Chemistry Council of New Jersey at their 2015 Conference. You can view today’s handout here. The crisis communications lessons being discussed on stage serve as a reminder to everyone in the C-Suite, in emergency response, and in […]

Social Media When “It” Hits the Fan

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By Gerard Braud – Why are so many powerful people oblivious to the potent, negative power of social media? Every day there is a new crisis communication case study and today it is from Aaron Schock, who has resigned as Congressman from Illinois. Schock created his own crisis with excessive selfies and posts on social […]

5 Crisis Communication Tips to Prevent Secret Service Style Delays

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By Gerard Braud – Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said it took five days before he was informed that a car carrying two agents struck a security barrier outside the White House. How long does it take in your company for you to find out about an event that could be a potential crisis that […]

Brand Judgment Day

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By Gerard Braud – Judgment day in the Biblical sense is the Godly determination of your fate at the end of time. We’ve been taught that we do not know the hour or the day of our death or judgment. But in the world of your brand, your products, and your services, we do know […]

The Self-Centered Media and How it Affects You  

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By Gerard Braud – The media love their gadgets. They also love promoting their gadgets. At KSLA 12 in Shreveport, Louisiana, LifeEye12 was our mother ship. That is why I laughed so hard when the opening scene of the movie Anchorman shows Ron Burgundy stepping out of his helicopter. I’m not, however, laughing at CNN’s […]

Cold Facts About High Bills: Crisis Communications Tips for Angry Customers

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By Gerard Braud – Today’s crisis communications tip looks at what happens when angry customers take to Facebook to complain about your company. Complaints on your Facebook page or complaints on a Facebook group page built for and by the complainers is creating public relations problems for companies. All of us can learn from this […]

When “It Hits the Fan: Effective Communications for Critical Times

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By Gerard Braud – The need for crisis communication has never been greater. The need for speed in crisis communications has never been greater. The reality is that if you experience an incident that the public knows about, you should be communicating to them about it in one hour or less. The biggest problem with […]

Media Interview Training Tips from Jimmy Kimmel and the Oscars

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By Gerard Braud Media interviews are often composed of opinion questions. Jimmy Kimmel Live provides us with today’s timely media interview perspectives, with interviews about the Oscars. As you watch and laugh at this, read on to the crisis communications tip at the end of this article. Reports are infamous for asking leading questions. In […]

Brian Williams Suspended: Layers of a Media Crisis for NBC & Williams

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By Gerard Braud – Leave it to Jon Stewart to once again be the expert voice of reason in modern media. He clearly points out in this crisis that there is the “Brian Williams Anchorman” persona, and as I pointed out previously, the “Brian Williams Storyteller” persona at public events where he appears as a […]

Did New York City Overreact? A Crisis Communications Case Study

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Yesterday’s crisis communications blog regarding the winter storm Juno and the #Blizzardof2015 promoted the idea of managing the expectations of those who will be affected by a crisis. Today, some critics are saying New York City overreacted. Two observations: 1) The people who complain about “overreacting” are idiots. These would be the same people who […]

Public Relations Help for the Asking

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Today’s public relations epiphany is that too many people in public relations fail to ask for help when they need it. There are many sources for expert help and advice. There are great professional organizations like the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), the Canadian Public Relations Society […]

Media Training 23: Selecting the Right Spokesperson

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com Picking the right spokesperson really depends upon the situation. Many organizations tend to have two extremes in selecting spokespeople. Some organizations always send out their top PR person while other organizations insist that only the CEO speak. I endorse neither of these approaches as perfect and will suggest that sometimes the […]

Media Training 18: Practicing for the Big Negative News Story

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com  So far we’ve discussed what an ordinary media training program includes and we’ve discussed the need to practice before every interview. But if you are being interviewed about a negative issue by an investigative reporter or a major publication or network news magazine, you need more than your average media training […]

Media Training 13: The Vote of Confidence or No Confidence

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com In lesson 11 we discussed the fact that when there is an industrial accident and a spokesperson does not appear in a timely manner, reporters often go looking for facts and quotes from other people, such as the ones with no teeth who live in trailers. Something else happens, which also […]

Media Training 12: Passing the Cynic Test

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By Gerard Braud (sign up for the free audio version of this program at http://blog.braudcommunications.com/?p=397) Reporters are among the biggest cynics in the world. They doubt everything you tell them and you have to prove everything to them. This is especially true if you are trying to promote a good news story. I have found […]

Media Training 11: Why do they interview people with no teeth who live in a trailer (with all due respect to trailer dwellers)

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com Let’s be respectful here and realize that many poor people don’t have either dental insurance or the ability to pay out of pocket for dental care. And let’s realize that while hoping to someday fulfill the dream of home ownership, many people live in an affordable alternative – a mobile home. Let’s […]

Media Training Tip: Ebola Crisis Communications Interviews

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The Ebola crisis has spawn a rash of spokespeople saying things to the media that should have never been said. If you are the public relations person responsible for writing statements and news releases for your hospital, company or spokesperson, this blog is for you. If you are the media trainer preparing the spokespeople, this […]

Ethics and Honesty in a Crisis

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Conspiracy to hide the truth is not an effective form of crisis management. Telling a lie is not an effective form of crisis communications. When those who should be leaders all decide that telling the truth could be harmful to an institution, and hide it, you can bet their bad ethics will catch up with […]

Crisis Communications: 3 Steps to Take to Manage Social Media Trolls

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By Gerard Braud Would you let social media trolls take over your social media sites? In your crisis communications plan what pre-determines how you will deal with social media trolls? Social media trolls are usually mean-spirited people who hide behind an anonymous persona and live for the joy of making other people miserable by posting […]

Black Twitter, the Shooting of Michael Brown, and Crisis Communications In the Age of Social Media

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By Gerard Braud The events in Ferguson, MO warrant the need for community leaders to activate their crisis communications plan, if they have one. But the power of Black Twitter, amid the protests, presents an amazing crisis communications and public relations case study. Generally, protesters win the public relations battle against any establishment during a […]

Three Media Training and Crisis Communications Tips for Doctors and Employers

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By Gerard Braud The current Ebola crisis has the media calling upon their medical experts to communicate about infected patients being flown to the United States for treatment. Media training for this type of crisis requires you to have a plan for how your doctors and physicians will respond if they are called upon to […]

Crisis Communications Checklist: Four Hidden Problems that Lead to Failure

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By Gerard Braud Public relations people are always searching for a free crisis communications checklist, as though some expert in crisis communications has the magic solution in a free template. Just search for crisis communications checklist, or free crisis communications checklist or free crisis communications template and you’ll see what I mean. The problem with […]

1 Confusing Name and 3 Things You Need to Know to Have to an Effective Crisis Communications Plan

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By Gerard Braud Imagine this: You are eating dinner at a major corporate event. The event is only serving soup for dinner. You need only a spoon to eat the soup. However the table is set with a knife and fork. You don’t have the right tool for the right job. In other words, you […]

A Crisis Plan vs. a Crisis Communications Plan

By Gerard Braud One of the greatest problems in crisis management today is a lack of consistent definitions and names for the various plans needed by a business. You may read this and recognize you don’t have what you need. Crisis Plan Many companies have a document that they call a “Crisis Plan.” What they […]

7 Disturbing News Media Trends and How They Are Complicating Your PR Job

By Gerard Braud If your job is to communicate with the media, your job is becoming more complicated because of these disturbing news media trends: Trend #1: Media Speculation CNN has taken the sin of speculation to an all time high with their 24/7 speculation regarding the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370. In the future, […]

How to Write a Crisis Communications Plan?

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By Gerard Braud How to write a crisis communications plan? That is a PR question asked daily by corporate communicators. How about I show you how to write a crisis communications plan? How about we do it together? How about we take my 20 years of crisis communication plan templates and customize them so they […]

Disturbing Television News Trend #5: Caught on Video

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By Gerard Braud For three decades I’ve used the sarcastic mixed metaphor, “If a tree falls in the woods and it is not caught on video tape, is it news?” Never has this been more true than in today’s camera phone and social media sharing world. In the world of news, print can tell any […]

The Social Media Force Fit Versus the Right Fit for Crisis Communications

By Gerard Braud Your parents probably taught you there is a right place and a wrong place for everything. That is true for crisis communication and for social media. Many Gen X & Gen Y communicators think the bulk of their crisis communications can be done exclusively through social media. I disagree for many reasons. […]

Social Media, Crisis Communications and the Severity Level of Your Crisis

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By Gerard Braud In every crisis communications plan that I write for a client, I have a page that establishes a severity level for the crisis. Traditionally the severity level is determined by injuries and/or fatalities, as well as the speed at which media cover the event, as well as how long the event remains in […]

Social Media When It Hits the Fan: Follow-up for NRECA Connect 14 Conference

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By Gerard Braud Here are your Free Crisis Communications Plan resources we discussed during my NRECA conference presentation in San Antonio last week. Free Resource #1 To download a Free copy of the First Critical Statement used in my Crisis Communications Plan, use the coupon code CRISISCOMPLAN when you select the item from my shopping cart. […]

Social Media for Crisis Communications: The Social Media Listening Post in Crisis Communication

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By Gerard Braud Let’s look at several case studies to understand the impact of social media when “it” hits the fan. Social media allows us to communicate in a crisis; social media fails on us during a crisis; social media can cause a crisis. Where do we start? Think of social media first as a […]

Social Media for Crisis Communications: Are You a Social Media Hypocrite?

By, Gerard Braud As we talk about social media for crisis communication, we have to consider whether your audience uses social media and how they use it. But before we talk about them, we should talk about you and your personal social media habits. Some companies have no Facebook page, no Twitter, and no YouTube […]

Crisis Team Truths

By Gerard Braud Many public relations people call their Crisis Communications Team a Crisis Team. The problem is, many other people in the same organization also claim to have a Crisis Team. We have word confusion. Every company should have these teams: 1. Crisis Management Team 2. Crisis Communications Team 3. Incident Command Team or […]

Crisis Plan Truths

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By Gerard Braud Many public relations people who need a Crisis Communications Plan search for the words “crisis plan.” This leads to problems. Sometimes, as soon as you type the word “crisis,” your browser will auto fill with these options: Crisis Plan Template Crisis Plan Free Template Crisis Management Plan Crisis Communications Plan (with an […]

Postpone Your Crisis: Crisis Communication Wisdom with a Twist

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By Gerard Braud Consider this: scheduling your crisis may be the wave of the future. Rather than being ambushed and surprised by a sudden crisis, which forces you into crisis communication, consider the model used by many of your leaders who ignore my plea to plan for the worst. Here is how it works. Many […]

The Great Crisis Communication Lie: A Plan Can’t Anticipate Everything

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By Gerard Braud It’s been said that the person who says something can’t be done is always right. Does this adage apply to crisis communication and crisis communications plans? The Malaysia Airlines crisis and communication challenges with the media and families have many in public relations saying, “This is unprecedented. You can’t prepare for this.” […]

Crisis Communication Case Study: Malaysia Airlines

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By Gerard Braud Ask any expert in global crisis communications how Malaysia Airlines should be communicating during their crisis and you will get varied opinions. Having worked in Malaysia many times writing crisis communications plans and teaching media training, I would like to offer five things worth considering, should you face a prolonged crisis that […]

Managing Expectations: 12 Crisis Communication Action Items for Winter Storms

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By Gerard Braud Crisis Communications, a working Crisis Communication Plan as well as good media training skills will be critical in the next few days as bad weather moves across the United States. Before the weather gets to you, now is the time to begin managing the expectations of your customers and employees. Many of […]

Media Training Advice to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

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By Gerard Braud When media training a candidate, politician, or elected official, one of the hardest things to teach them is when to shut up. In every media training class I impart this expert advice to the trainee: “When you are digging a hole for yourself, put down the shovel.” Toronto May Rob Ford has […]

Navigate the Waters of Reputational Repair: 5 Steps to Effective Crisis Communications Planning

By Gerard Braud Navigating the waters of a crisis requires a good crisis communication plan before the waters ever begin to rise. Clear sunny day planning, long before your darkest day, is the secret. In today’s social media filled world, this has never been more true. Sadly, in our social media world some public relations […]

Did Lululemon’s Crisis Communication Efforts on Social Media Create a Bigger Crisis?

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By Gerard Braud A bad media interview caused by insufficient media training is creating a crisis communication problem on social media. Experts will weigh in on this, but I don’t think any one expert has the answer as to the best way to handle this. I really want to know what you think. The founder […]

The Tricks & Treats of Facebook in a Crisis

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By Gerard Braud Is Facebook your friend or foe in a crisis? The frightening truth is it really depends on a lot of factors. (Don’t be afraid to look at Facebook in an all new light when you join us for this special Halloween webinar.) Let us start with a discussion about your brand page. […]

Lesson 11: Test Your Security Team During Your Crisis Communications Drill

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By Gerard Braud While working with crisis communications clients, I provide a “first critical statement” template.  This template is intended to be read to the media, emailed to employees, and posted to the web in the first hour of a crisis when little is known about the emerging crisis. Some companies that operate facilities that […]

Lesson 10: Mock Media in Your Face at Your Crisis Communication Drill: Six Great Tips

By Gerard Braud A real crisis is a pressure cooker and your crisis communications drill should replicate that. The pressure causes the media to be intense and often abrupt. The media may appear hostile. You will see similarities between media and sharks that sense blood in the water. Your crisis communications drill must duplicate that. […]

Lesson 9: How to Keep Your Crisis Communications Drill Realistic?

By Gerard Braud What a nice complement I received today after a crisis communications drill with a nuclear power plant and four government agencies. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness thanked our mock media team for the intense questioning and realism of our news mock conferences. “I participated in a crisis drill […]

Lesson 7: Who Should Know Details Before Your Crisis Communications Drill?

By Gerard Braud No one knows the hour or the day when a real crisis will strike, nor do they know how or when various events will cascade during the crisis. Your crisis communications drill needs to simulate as much of this as possible. In a crisis communications drill, chances are you need to let […]

Lesson 6: Who Should Participate in Your Crisis Communications Drill?

By Gerard Braud Various teams within your organization can organize crisis drills. If no one else within your company, government agency or non-profit is organizing an annual crisis drill, then individuals within the communications department can take the lead to organize a drill. Ideally, to get a well rounded drill you want to test your […]

Lesson 5: Equal Parts of Your Crisis Drill: Add Crisis Communication

By Gerard Braud  Too many crisis drills are lopsided. They are often organized by Emergency Managers who primarily want to measure the decision making and response time of those who must address the physical aspects of a crisis. Often missing from these drills is the realistic aspects of “pesky” reporters “getting in everybody’s way” and […]

Lesson 4: Test Your Crisis Communication Speed

By Gerard Braud How quickly can you get approval for and issue a statement to the media, your employees and other key stakeholders during a crisis? Your crisis communication plan should clearly spell out what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. It greatly disturbs me to see that some companies and government agencies think […]

Lesson 3: Test Your Crisis Communications Plan

By Gerard Braud There are many articles throughout this blog about what makes for a good crisis communications plan. I believe so many documents that proport to be crisis communications plans fall far short of what is needed to effectively communicate when “it” hits the fan. A great way to find out if your crisis […]

Lesson 2: “This is a Drill”

By Gerard Braud Rule number one during a crisis communications drill is to never have anyone accidentally think a real crisis is happening, when it is not. Hence, in all written communications and on every phone conversation and radio conversation, you must generously use the phrase, “This is a Drill.” For phone calls, the first […]

Lesson 1: Why Have a Crisis Communications Drill?

By Gerard Braud  Would you rather screw up in public or screw up in private? That’s really what a crisis communications drill is all about. On a clear sunny day you have the ability to practice for how you will respond and behave on your darkest day. A crisis communications drill is designed to allow […]

Washington Navy Yard Shooting: How the Daily Show Portrayed the Media’s Coverage

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By Gerard Braud Within the office here, I ranted at the media relentlessly about the horrible live coverage of the tragic events unfolding at the Washington Navy Yard. Only my assistant Shannon had to hear my rants. Fortunately, comedian Jon Stewart has the resource and video tape evidence to call out the media for the […]

Three Things Every PR Person Needs to Finish Before the End of the Year

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By Gerard Braud The pretty stuff always gets more attention than the ugly stuff. Preparing for media interviews and crisis communications is not as sexy as a newsletter or brochure. But when “it” hits the fan, will your customers, employees and the media be remembering your great graphics? Or will they form their opinion of […]

YouTube, Media Relations & Crisis Communications for Cleveland Kidnapping Victims

By Gerard Braud YouTube is great for crisis communications. It is even more powerful when this social media tool is combined with traditional crisis communications and media relations. Hats off to my colleague Barbara Paynter at Hennes Paynter Communications for the way her team used YouTube with regard to the three Cleveland women who underwent […]

Tutorial #20: Crap is King

Tutorial #20 By Gerard Braud, iReporter Evangelist (Editor’s note: In 2013, CNN selected me as one of their top iReporters, out of more than 11,000 reporters. This is part of a series of articles that share how to be a good iReporter and how to make CNN iReports a vital part of your crisis communication […]

Tutorial #18: How You Can Create Great Videos Holding Your iPad or iPhone at Arm’s Length

Tutorial #18 by Gerard Braud, iReporter Evangelist (Editor’s note: In 2013, CNN selected me as one of their top iReporters, out of more than 11,000 reporters. This is part of a series of articles that share how to be a good iReporter and how to make CNN iReports a vital part of your crisis communication […]

CNN iReport Tutorials Index

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(Perspective: In 2013, CNN selected me as one of their top iReporters, out of more than 11,000 reporters. This is an index of a series of 23 lessons that share how to be a good iReporter and how to make CNN iReports a vital part of your crisis communication and media relations strategy.)     […]

Dark Day Crisis Planning Must Begin on a Sunny Day

By Gerard Braud Few organizations in the world face the communications challenges of America’s Rural Electric Cooperatives. On any given day customers could be protesting over electric rates. Workers could be under attack for disconnecting service. Board members could be scrutinized for per diems, travel or expenses. Add to that the growing influence of negative […]

Learn to Use the Technology You Need for Crisis Communications Using Your Smart Phone

By Gerard Braud {Editor’s note: In 2013, CNN selected me as one of their top iReporters, out of more than 11,000 iReporters. This is part of a series of articles about how you can be a good iReporter and how to make CNN iReports a vital part of your crisis communication and media relations strategy.} Everything […]

Crisis Communication for West Texas Fertilizer Plant in Waco: Why PIOs, Emergency Managers and PR People Should be Using CNN iReports

By, Gerard Braud {Editor’s note: In 2013, CNN selected me as one of their top iReporters, out of more than 11,000 iReporters. This is part of a series of articles about how you can be a good iReporter and how to make CNN iReports a vital part of your crisis communication and media relations strategy.} […]

iReports for Public Relations and Crisis Communications: Why Your Company or Government Organization Should Create a CNN iReport Account Today

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By Gerard Braud {Editor’s note: In 2013, CNN selected me as one of their top iReporters, out of more than 11,000 iReporters. This is part of a series of articles about how you can be a good iReporter and how to make CNN iReports a vital part of your crisis communication and media relations strategy.} […]

Crisis Communication Priorities for a Sudden Crisis

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(Writer’s note: Please take 15 seconds of your time to vote for me to win a CNN I-report award for my in-depth storytelling and reporting on Hurricane Isaac.  With your vote, I can win the Community Choice Award. Your first vote is greatly appreciated, but to make an even bigger impact you can vote everyday […]

What Are the Secrets to a Crisis Communications Plan?

(Writer’s note: Every day in March we’ll have a fresh, free, new article on this topic. If you’d like to dig deeper, you may wish to purchase a recording of the teleseminar called Social Media & Crisis Communications. Here is your purchase link.) By Gerard Braud It is critical to pick the right tools for crisis […]

The Media Are Listening in a Crisis

(Writer’s note: Every day in March we’ll have a fresh, free, new article on this topic. If you’d like to dig deeper, you may wish to purchase a recording of the teleseminar called Social Media & Crisis Communications. Here is your purchase link.) By Gerard Braud Among those listening and fostering social media are the mainstream […]

How to Write a Crisis Communications Plan with Pre-Written Statements

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By Gerard Braud In crisis communications, you should have two types of pre-written communication documents. The first is for fast release, called a “First Critical Statement.” Some companies call these “holding statements.” The First Critical Statement is a way to tell the world that a) a crisis has happened, b) you know about it, c) your […]

How to Write a Crisis Communication Plan? Step One: Identify What Could Go Wrong?

By Gerard Braud (Writer’s note: Every day in March we’ll have a fresh, free, new article on this topic. If you’d like to dig deeper, you may wish to purchase a recording of the teleseminar called Social Media & Crisis Communications. Here is your purchase link.) The decision to use social media for crisis communications is […]

Lone Star College Shooting – Crisis Communication Case Study

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What Leaders & PR People Can Learn from Lance Armstrong: Denial & Crisis Communication

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By Gerard Braud Lance Armstrong’s denial of doping over the years provides a valuable crisis communications and public relations case study for analyzing denial by powerful people and how they communicate in a crisis. This is important for two reasons: 1) Public relations people may give excellent advice and professional council, but be rebuffed by […]

One Month After Sandy Hook: Effective Crisis Communications In Critical Times

One Month After Sandy Hook Elementary: Effective Crisis Communications In Critical Times  By Gerard Braud (Free conference call – Listen on Demand REGISTRATION IS FREE TO ALL) [Editor’s Note: I recall the morning I received a frantic call from my daughter when there was a shooting on her campus. The school failed on a grand scale […]

3 Dead in Murder-Suicide: The Time is Never Right to a Write a Crisis Communications Plan

Friday 2 people were murdered, then the killer killed himself. One of the murders, as well as the suicide, was done “in the workplace.” I won’t say where, out of respect for the privacy of the person who called me the day before. All of this happened where he works. Just 24-hours before, on Thursday, […]

Write and Complete a World-Class Crisis Communications Plan in the Two Most Intense and Productive Two Days of Your Career

Join Global Crisis Communications Expert Gerard Braud in Denver, CO October 29 & 30, 2012 Save Time – Save Money – Save Lives Watch this video on YouTube via this link Watch the video in your browser below by clicking on the image You need a Crisis Communications Plan, but you don’t have time to […]

Free Teleseminar May 10-14 with Gerard Braud

If you have to talk to the media or train people who have to talk to the media, here is a free teleseminar opportunity for you. May 10-14, a group of All-Star A-Lists hosts will be interviewing author Gerard Braud (Jared Bro) about his new book, Don’t Talk to the Media: 29 Secrets You Need […]

Crisis Communications 2010 and the Tiger Woods Scandal

By Gerard Braud It’s hard to believe that in 2010, people can still screw up public relations, crisis communications, crisis management and media relations, as much as Tiger Woods and his handlers. Friday’s statement by Woods was old school. It was bad. It was too little. It was too late. The Gerard Braud school of […]

H1N1 Swine Flu Crisis Communications Plan & Resources

Here are three incredible resources, ranging from Free to very affordable, to help you with your Fall 2009 communications challenges as: • Swine flu is escalating • Budgets are tight • Staffs are reduced • Resources are limited Here they are: 1) Write a full crisis communications plan in just 2-day at 4 locations across […]

Lesson 23: Selecting the Right Spokesperson

By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com Picking the right spokesperson really depends upon the situation. Many organizations tend to have two extremes in selecting spokespeople. Some organizations always send out their top PR person while other organizations insist that only the CEO speak. I endorse neither of these approaches as perfect and will suggest that sometimes the […]

Lesson 22: The Power of Passion

By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com  Few things are as underestimated in a media interview as the passion a spokesperson conveys. In lesson #8 we talked about why the facts don’t matter and how to create great quotes. If you learn to combine great quotes with passion you not only insure your quote gets used in a […]

Lesson 21: The Secret to Handling Negative Questions

By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com Most questions from most reporters are negative. News in general tends to be negative because it is usually about serious change or a disaster. I wish news wasn’t negative, but I spent 15 years in the business trying to change that and couldn’t. Then I’ve spent every year since 1994 trying […]

Lesson 20: The Secret to Internalizing Key Messages

By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com In the early stages of media training, many students are skeptical about the concept of key messages. Accepting key messages and using key messages effectively takes time and practice. As I mentioned in lesson 15, in most media training classes I first conduct a baseline interview, then I introduce the concept […]

Lesson 19: Preparing for a Desk Side Visit

By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com  If you are a big organization, occasionally a reporter from a major media outlet will call and ask for permission to do a “desk side visit.” Be careful. These can be deadly. A desk side visit is when a reporter wants to come by the office, not to write a particular […]

Lesson 18: Practicing for the Big Negative News Story

By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com  So far we’ve discussed what an ordinary media training program includes and we’ve discussed the need to practice before every interview. But if you are being interviewed about a negative issue by an investigative reporter or a major publication or network news magazine, you need more than your average media training […]

Lesson 17: What Makes the Media Say Wow! – Commit News

By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com As a reporter, I generally hated going to a news conference or a media event that was about good news. It’s not that I’m opposed to covering good news, it’s just that generally the spokespeople were poorly prepared and the organizers were completely oblivious of the wants, needs and desires of […]

Lesson 15: How to Structure Media Training

By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com One of the most difficult challenges I have in my job as a media trainer is to get executives to carve out time in their schedule for training. As mentioned in lesson 2, some don’t see the financial benefit. An even greater percentage are afraid of what ever embarrassment they may […]

Lessons 14: Reporters Like to Speculate

By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com  What’s the worst that could happen? How much worse could it get? But what if… ? Oh, those great “what if” questions. Reporters love the what if question. Why? Well, reporters lover a great story and sometimes the story doesn’t materialize the way they hoped it would. Remember all the lessons […]

Lesson 13: The Vote of Confidence or No Confidence

By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com In lesson 11 we discussed the fact that when there is an industrial accident and a spokesperson does not appear in a timely manner, reporters often go looking for facts and quotes from other people, such as the ones with no teeth who live in trailers. Something else happens, which also […]

Lesson 12: Passing the Cynic Test

By Gerard Braud (sign up for the free audio version of this program at gerard@braudcommunications.com) Reporters are among the biggest cynics in the world. They doubt everything you tell them and you have to prove everything to them. This is especially true if you are trying to promote a good news story. I have found […]