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 […]

Hurricane Katrina Truth #3– Stop Repeating the Problems

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By Gerard Braud – On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina devastating New Orleans, and coastal Louisiana and Mississippi, I’m reflecting on the old adage that says, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results.” New Orleans can easily flood from another hurricane. I wrote about that […]

Tutorial #20 “Crap is King” How to Report on the Not-So-Serious, but Fascinating Topics with Your Smartphone

Tutorial #20 By Gerard Braud – Although this series teaches public information officers (PIOs), emergency managers, and corporate spokespeople to upload videos to the web as an effective crisis communications strategy, it’s also important to note that “crap is king.”   In this tutorial, I encourage you to report on not just the serious crisis stories, […]

ESPN – The Clock is Ticking #FireBrittMcHenry: It’s Not About Forgiveness, But About Character

By Gerard Braud – The clock is ticking for ESPN. Will they put Britt McHenry back on the air after a 7-day suspension due to her viral video rant? In many crisis situations, an expert might counsel both the offender and her employee on ways to 1) say I’m sorry and 2) to make amends. […]

When “It” Hits the Fan: A Crisis Communication Lesson on Speediness

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By Gerard Braud – It’s an honor to be invited to deliver the morning keynote presentation today to the SynGas 2015 Conference in Tulsa. 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 public relations, that […]

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 […]

Crisis Communication & Media Hide and Seek: The ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery Explosion

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By Gerard Braud – Where is the ExxonMobil news release for the ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery explosion? An explosion is a crisis, which requires expert crisis communications. The media would expect information on the corporate news release page. Media want it fast and easy to find. But look what you find on the ExxonMobil news release page […]

The Doctor of Crisis Communications

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If you were a smoker and your doctor told you to stop or you would die of cancer, would you stop? If you had diabetes and your doctor told you to change your diet so you don’t die, would you change? Amazingly, there are people every day who ignore the advice of an expert and […]

How Do I Get a Seat at the Table? Times of Crisis Management and Crisis Communications Present an Opportunity

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Public relations people constantly ask, “How do I get a seat at the table?” The short answer for now is to take advantage of the Ebola hysteria. The seats are not handed out at the table. The seats are taken. During a time of crisis or potential crisis, leadership can be displayed by those who […]

Ebola Crisis Communications, Finding God, and Your Leadership Team

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Executives and crisis communications enthusiasts remind me of criminals who find God 15 minutes after then enter prison, then forget God 15 minutes after they are back on the street. Here’s why… True story from this week: The president of an institution wants crisis communications help now! Why? Because a crisis is at their door, […]

Ebola Crisis Communication Plan Update: Ebola Hysteria Requires Communications

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Business leaders and public relations professionals should continue to monitor signs of Ebola hysteria. The damage to the reputation and revenue of your organization is real. It can come from a direct Ebola contamination to one of your employees or customers. In the case of public institutions like schools, the institution could face a costly […]

Ebola Crisis Communications Lesson: Ask for Help

Of all the Power Point presentations by his leadership team members, the CEO only stood and applauded the vice president who showed he was having difficulties in his division, when the other vice presidents showed rainbows and green lights. The company was millions in debt with falling sales and the CEO knew that everyone who […]

Ebola Crisis Communication Planning and Crisis Management Planning

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Is it too soon to talk about your Ebola crisis communications strategies and plan? A New York based public relations professional asked me that question today. I responded by saying, “Why wait? One week ago no one in Dallas gave Ebola crisis communications a second thought. Today, at lease 14 businesses and government entities have […]

The NFL’s Commitment to a One-Year Crisis: 7 Mistakes Causing the Crisis to Drag On

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By Gerard Braud What expert would advise their client to let a crisis drag on for one year? I suspect the answer is zero. But the NFL’s failure at crisis management and crisis communications essentially means that the punch Ray Rice threw on Valentine’s Day 2014 will have repercussions through February 14, 2015. Here is […]

NFL Failed Crisis Management Amid Sponsor Pressure

By Gerard Braud The NFL’s failed crisis management is hitting them in the wallet. It is hitting teams hard, as players under suspicion of wrong-doing are singled out. It shows weakness of leadership to not manage a crisis properly from the beginning. It shows failure of leadership not to communicate a response properly from the […]

The Financial Impact of Failed Crisis Management and Failed Crisis Communications

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By Gerard Braud What is your plan when the crisis of another entity becomes your crisis, forcing upon you a crisis communications challenge? Observe the NFL crisis as it spreads, causing damage to the reputation and revenue of various teams, players and sponsors. You would think the NFL would have an inside or outside expert […]

4 Crisis Communications Lessons as the NFL Management Struggles with the Ray Rice Smoldering Crisis

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By Gerard Braud The NFL has a crisis. Do they have a plan? Will the crisis get worse because of non-verbal communications? Can the NFL management communicate their way out of the crisis? Below are some observations and suggestions to help you cope with your own corporate crisis. The non-verbal message from the NFL is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

GM Hires Crisis Communication Expert

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By Gerard Braud GM has hired a Crisis Communication Expert to help the company communicate their way out of a crisis surrounding their faulty ignition switches, according to headlines. Why do companies hire crisis communications experts after a crisis? Why don’t companies hire a crisis communications expert before they ever have a crisis? Why don’t […]

Newton to Media: Please Stay Away on Sandy Hook Anniversary

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By Gerard Braud It is a bold move; perhaps unprecedented. Certainly in my career in crisis communications and my prior career as a reporter, I cannot recall a community that has suffered a crisis, asking the media to stay away. However, officials in Newtown, Connecticut are asking the media to stay away on December 14th, […]

Citizen Journalism: How Breaking News Got Broken and 5 Things You Need to Do Now

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By Gerard Braud Watch the news coverage as winter storms move across the United States, leaving many people without power in the cold for up to two weeks. Much of this story is being told through the eyes of the so-called, “citizen journalists.” Citizen journalism is one of the reasons breaking news got broken. While […]

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 […]