Is Facebook an Effective Communication Tool for Businesses?

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Social media tips can be spread across social media from consultants and public relations professionals. Communication tips can come from industry professionals, online articles, or it may come from your former or current educators.  So, what are your thoughts on these daily influxes of information? Does using social media for internal and external communications help businesses or […]

What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given for doing a media interview?

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Media training tips can be spread across social media from consultants and public relations professionals. Media interview tips can come from industry professionals, online articles such as PR Daily or PR Newswire, or it may come from your former or current educators.  So, how do you sort through all of the daily influx of information? […]

What’s the Best Piece of Advice You Were Ever Given for Writing a News Release?

Writing tips can be spread across social media from consultants and journalism professionals. Public relations and corporate communications writing advice can come from industry professionals, online articles such as Huffington Post or PR Newswire, or it may come from your former or current educators.  So, how do you sort through all of the daily influx of […]

Media Training Discussion Question: What should you do with your hands in a media interview?

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We have all seen politicians, CEOs, executives, and spokespeople use various mannerisms during media interviews. Gestures and hand motions may be subconscious for the interviewee or for a spokesperson, but for the audience, they are noticeable and can even be distracting at times.  To help out our public relations community and in order to share […]

Crisis Communications Question: What’s the Best Piece of Crisis Communication Advice You Were Ever Given?

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Crisis communications advice can come from industry professionals, online articles such as Huffington Post or PR Newswire, or it may come from your former or current educators. Crisis communication tips can be spread across social media from consultants and crisis management professionals. So, how do you sort through all of the daily influx of information? What is that one […]

“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 […]

Crisis Communications Discussion Question: What should your first words be in a media interview?

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It can be challenging and nerve-racking to start off a media interview. Should you introduce yourself if the interviewer doesn’t? Should you greet your audiences or the interviewer? Should you review how this process will go with your interviewer? Should you thank your listeners for tuning in, for reading, or for watching? Do your first […]

Crisis Communications Tips on: Is it Okay to Write Fake Quotes for Your CEO?

A number of corporate communications and public relations professionals are talented writers who can script excellent quotes in just minutes. It can be a chore to try to find the time to meet with a busy CEO who often doesn’t deliver such eloquent and effective communication. Is it ethical to write a fake quote on behalf of your CEO or […]

Media Relations Discussion Question: Is it ever okay to fake quotes for your CEO?

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To help out our PR community and in order to share valuable tips among one another, this week’s public relations discussion question is, “Is it ever okay to fake quotes for your CEO?” Many corporate communications and public relations professionals are talented writers who can script excellent quotes in just minutes. It can be laborious […]

PR Tips: Is it ever appropriate for an executive to give their opinion about politics?

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Earlier this week we asked a question to our social media followers. To help out our PR community and in order to share valuable tips among one another, this week’s media relations question was, “Is it ever appropriate for an executive to give their opinion about politics?” Our social media followers weighed in on this […]

PR Question: Is it ever appropriate for an executive to give their opinion about politics?

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Do executives run the risk of losing some of their customer base by publicly commenting about politics? Is there a time and place that executives should comment about politics? If they choose to do so, how does it affect their brand, reputation, and revenue? As public relations professionals, and corporate communications professionals, how do you […]

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

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PR advice can come from industry professionals, online articles such as PRnews or PR Newswire, or it may come from your former or current educators. PR tips can be spread across social media from consultants and crisis management professionals. So, how do you sort through all of the daily influx of information? What is that […]

Crisis Communication Question: What’s the worst phrase you’ve heard in a crisis communications statement?

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We have all heard some CEOs and corporate spokespeople deliver ineffective crisis communications statements. Whether the public statement was written for them or they decided to “wing it,” the cliches, the lack of emotion, and the scripted delivery will forever negatively affect their organization’s reputation and revenue. You may have even seen some written apologies, […]

Stop Unselling: Crisis Communications Tip for United Airlines

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By Gerard Braud Are you constantly amazed by how companies unsell you as a customer? Think about the millions of dollars spent and hours invested trying to get you to buy. Then in a heartbeat, they unsell you. When will companies learn to Stop Unselling? United Airlines had done just that with the video of […]

What’s the Best Way to Get to Know Your Local Reporters?

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It is crucial for your business, company, or organization to have effective media relations with local reporters. When you are facing a crisis, local reporters will be responsible for telling your story, especially when you don’t issue a public statement within the first hour. They will also be the first to knock on your door […]

Crisis Communications Question: Is it ever appropriate to say “no comment” in a media interview?

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We have all heard it before, lawyers, spokespeople, celebrities, and CEOs walking out of a courtroom or out of their office as the media shoves microphones in their face asking negative questions. “No comment!” they say as they quickly jump into their car and drive off. Is that an appropriate response? Does it depend on […]

Public Relations Tips: How Long Should an Online Video Be?

Earlier this week we polled social media to ask, “How long should an online video be?” As corporate communications and marketing professionals, we all want our content to be shared and liked by the masses. We may even use online videos, such as YouTube or Vimeo to reach our audiences. But, what is the ideal […]

How long should an online video be?

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To help out our public relations community, this week’s PR and media relations discussion question is, “How long should an online video be?” As corporate communicators, marketing professionals, and PR pros, we all want our content to be shared and liked by the masses. We may even use online videos, such as YouTube or Vimeo […]

Why do they say men should wear makeup in a media interview? PR Tips

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Have you seen any men whose makeup looked bad in a TV interview? Or men that should have worn makeup but they didn’t? Should men feel uncomfortable about wearing makeup on camera? Could it help them to look more attractive? Could it help them increase their credibility? Or is it just a “Hollywood” custom that […]

Why do they say men should wear makeup in a media interview?

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Should men feel uncomfortable about wearing makeup on camera? Could it help them to look more attractive? Could it help them increase their credibility? Or is it just a “Hollywood” custom that isn’t really necessary for men doing a media interview? Have you seen any men whose makeup looked bad in a TV interview? Or […]

How Do You Stop Saying “Um” in a Media Interview? Tips from PR Experts

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Does practice make perfect? Does effective media training help spokespeople to ditch such distracting fillers? How can you tell if you are unconsciously using them? How many “ums” is too many? Talking to the media can be intimidating, especially because your brand, reputation, and revenue are at stake. Even the best spokespeople, public relations professionals, […]

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

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Talking to the media can be intimidating, especially because your brand, reputation, and revenue are at stake. Even the best spokespeople, public relations professionals, and CEOs can really struggle to do effective media interviews. It can be difficult not to use verbal fillers such as “um,” “uh,” and “like” in our everyday language, let alone […]

What should you do if you are in the middle of a television interview and you know you’ve said something wrong? Please comment!

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We have all seen a media interview where a CEO, senior-level executive or company spokesperson said something incorrect or less than professional. This week, crisis communications expert Gerard Braud polls social media to ask, “What should you do if you are in the middle of a television interview and you know you’ve said something wrong?” […]

When you are being interviewed for television, where should you look? The reporter or at the camera?

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  Earlier this week, crisis communications expert Gerard Braud polled social media to ask, “When you are being interviewed for television, where should you look? The reporter or at the camera?” Experts in public relations and corporate communications have weighed in with their best tips and we want you to join in on the discussion. […]

When you are being interviewed for television, where should you look? The reporter or at the camera?

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  Corporate communications professionals, public relations spokespeople, and senior level executives must be trained on how to effectively speak to the media. Media training is crucial for company spokespeople to maintain or improve their organization’s brand, reputation, and revenue. So, why do the nonverbals of a media interview go so wrong? Where should the interviewee […]

If someone writes something negative on your corporate Facebook page, should you delete it? Sharing tips from followers

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This week, crisis communications expert Gerard Braud polled social media to ask, “If someone writes something negative on your corporate Facebook page, should you delete it?” Today we are sharing corporate communications and public relations professional’s tips on this topic in our follow-up video. From a PR standpoint, what would you do to protect the […]

What should be included in an employee social media policy? Tips from Followers

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Last week, crisis communications expert Gerard Braud posed a question for his followers who are experts in corporate communications, public relations, and social media. He asked, “What should be included in an employee social media policy?” A wide variety of answers flooded in and now we want you to add to the discussion. Do you […]

What should be included in an employee social media policy?

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Every Monday morning of every week on the BraudCast YouTube Channel we are posing a question for corporate communicators and public relations experts. The question we want to hear your thoughts on is, “What should be included in an employee social media policy?” There is an abundance of company policies regarding human resources and ethics […]

What should you do if an executive does a presentation that goes badly & goes viral on social media?

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This week, crisis communication expert Gerard Braud polls social media to ask, “What should you do if an executive does a presentation that goes badly and goes viral on social media?” We want to hear your expert tips this week! In today’s world of social media, everything and anything can become public in an instant. Whether it’s […]

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, […]

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

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This week, crisis communication expert Gerard Braud polls social media to ask, “Should you write a letter to the editor for a bad story, or let it die?” He is awaiting tips from social media’s best public relations experts and corporate communicators. When a journalist misquotes you or says something negative about you or your […]

Should men wear makeup in a media interview? Media Relations Discussion Question

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In this video, crisis communications expert Gerard Braud asks media relations, public relations, and corporate communications professionals, “Should men wear makeup in a media interview?” We can all remember a time when a certain President was looking extra tired or ill on camera. It’s also clear when a CEO doing a media interview has way […]

How Long Should an Online Video Be?

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I’m polling social media this week to hear public relations and marketing professional’s best answers on, “How long should an online video be?” There are a number of strategies public relations professionals and YouTubers use to lure in viewers to watch the entirety of their video. Whether they think the video should be 30 seconds […]

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 to Keep a CEO From Talking Too Long in a Speech: PR Tips

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In this video, crisis expert Gerard Braud shares a follow-up video featuring public relations professional’s answers on the question, “How do you keep your CEO from talking too long in a speech?” He has received answers on social media featuring PR tips and media relations tips. Now he is featuring those tips in this video, […]

How to Keep a CEO From Talking Too Long in a Speech

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In this video, crisis expert Gerard Braud asks public relations professionals, media relations professionals, and his social media followers, “How do you keep a CEO from talking too long in a speech?” Is rehearsing and practicing enough to ensure that a CEO or executive leader doesn’t talk for thirty minutes per slide? How can you […]

How to keep a spokesperson from sounding stiff and rehearsed during a media interview – Media Relations Tips

Earlier this week we posed the question to our social media followers and media relations experts, “What is the best way to keep a spokesperson from sounding stiff and rehearsed during a media interview?” How can you make the message sound authentic? How do you keep a media interview from sounding contrived and overly scripted? […]

How can you keep a spokesperson from sounding stiff and rehearsed during a media interview?

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We have all heard a media interview, a public statement, or a press release being read to an audience where the spokesperson sounds stiff and rehearsed. At times, they may even just be reading off their script, lacking eye contact with the audience and lacking heartfelt emotion when appropriate. Do you recommend that a spokesperson […]

Should you write for the written word or the spoken word? Share your answers

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  Consider our world of social media, our demand for rapid communications in 150 characters or less, and the way we skim over content on our phones. Consider how quickly the average person flips through multiple television news channels. In both situations, we are bombarded with so much information in shorter and shorter periods of […]

What is the best way to get media coverage for a ribbon cutting? Sharing Your Tips

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  Earlier this week we polled social media to ask: What is the best way to get media coverage for a ribbon cutting? We have gathered some great tips and answers from PR and media relations experts. Today we are sharing their expert opinions in a follow-up video. You will also hear some of my tips […]

What’s the best way to get media coverage for a ribbon cutting?

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  This week’s PR discussion question is: What is the best way to get media coverage for a ribbon cutting? We are polling social media this week to get the best answers from PR and media relations experts. Later this week we will share their expert opinions in a follow-up video. As a former reporter, I […]

What’s the proper posture when you are sitting for a live media interview? Tips from social media

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You may have seen politicians, CEOs or spokespeople completely “wing it” and ruin their media interview. Not only do these spokespeople forget to practice their key messages and learn to control the media interview through effective media training, but oftentimes they don’t practice their using their body language. Body language can completely change the media […]

What is the proper posture when you are sitting for a live media interview?

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  The question we are posing on social media this week for public relations and media relations professionals is, “What is the proper posture when you are sitting for a live media interview?” The answer may not be as straightforward as you think. Should you lean in, or lean back? Should your arms be folded […]

If a reporter calls you how long do you have to prepare before you have to call them back? PR Discussion Question

  The public relations discussion question we asked this week to our BraudCast viewers and social media followers was: If a reporter calls you, how long do you have to prepare before you have to call them back? We polled social media to hear from public relations professionals and media relations experts on this topic. The experts brought […]

What do you think? If a reporter calls you, how long do you have to prepare before you have to call back?

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  If a reporter calls you how long do you have to prepare before you have to call them back? That is the public relations discussion question we are posing this week to our BraudCast viewers and social media followers. We are asking public relations professionals and media relations experts to weigh in with their best practices […]

Your Answers are Featured: What should you do if a reporter takes you out of context?

The public relations discussion question we asked this week to our BraudCast viewers and social media followers: What should you do if a reporter takes you out of context? We asked public relations professionals and media relations experts to weigh in with their best practices so their colleagues could benefit.  Our experts brought up some interesting points […]

PR Discussion Question: What should you do if a reporter takes you out of context?

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  What should you do if a reporter takes you out of context? That is the public relations discussion question we are posing this week to our BraudCast viewers and social media followers. We are asking public relations professionals and media relations experts to weigh in with their best practices so their colleagues can benefit. […]

Featuring Your Answers: What is the fastest way to get a news release issued when there is a crisis?

  This week here on the BraudCast channel we are seeking your opinion on a public relations and media relations question. On Monday we asked you, “What is the fastest way to get a news release issued when there is a crisis?” How can you write clear and concise news releases that grab the attention of […]

Share your tips: What is the fastest way to get a news release issued when there is a crisis?

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  Each week here on the BraudCast channel we are seeking your opinions. The question this week is, “What is the fastest way to get a news release issued when there is a crisis?” Not only do we want to hear about the strategies you use to get the news release to the hands of the […]

Tips From Our Viewers: What Should You Wear in a Media Interview?

Spokespeople, public relations professionals, subject matter experts, even CEOs and senior level executives may need to decide what to wear for a print, radio, or televised media interview. So, we polled social media to ask our viewers, “What should you wear in a media interview?” The experts have weighed in, commenting with bite-sized bits of […]

Comment please: What should you wear in a media interview?

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Whether it’s for print, radio or on television, what should you wear in a media interview? That is the discussion question we are posing this week on the BraudCast for our social media followers and public relations experts. Should you go for simple and conservative? Or show your personality a bit more? How do you […]

Sharing Your Tips: What is the best way to begin a news release?

This week we asked to hear your thoughts and your experience on this media relations topic. We polled our social media followers and BraudCast viewers to find out, “What is the best way to begin a news release?”   This Friday and every Friday we are sharing your tips in our follow-up video. Our corporate communications […]

Comment with Your Tips: What’s the best way to begin a news release?

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With the media receiving thousands and thousands of messages and press releases per day, how do you grab the attention of the media and your audience in a news release? Corporate communicators and public relations professionals may have practiced the “inverted pyramid” style of press release writing for years. Does that standard still hold true? If […]

Featuring Your Tips: What should you do when a reporter goes on a witch hunt?

Corporate communicators and public relations professionals know there is nothing like a crisis when a company has done something wrong and a reporter is on their case.  Earlier this week we polled social media to ask, “What should you do when a reporter goes on a witch hunt?” Experts in communications and PR have shared their […]

Please comment: What should you do when a reporter goes on a witch hunt?

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There is nothing like a crisis when your company has done something wrong and a reporter is on your case.  How do you go about taking on a reporter without taking the situation too personally or further damaging your reputation? What if that reporter publishes something inaccurate? In a scenario like this, should you consult […]

Your Answers: Is it true you should never get in a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel?

This old expression has been used for years, but even as new forms of media and social media change our crisis communications and public relations efforts, it still continues to be used. Earlier this week we asked our social media followers and BraudCast viewers to answer, “Is it true that you should never get in a […]

Discussion Question: Should you get in a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel?

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This Monday we are asking you, our social media followers and BraudCast viewers, “Is it true that you should never get in a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel?” This old saying has been used for years, but even as new forms of media and social media change our communications and our […]

Crisis Communication Tip: Who Should Be Your Spokesperson in a Crisis?

  Crisis communications and public relations experts may say a media trained public relations professional should take the lead as the spokesperson in a crisis. They may suggest a heart-felt statement from a senior executive or CEO. For effective crisis management, the decision of who you put on camera to represent your brand or your […]

Comment Please: In a crisis, who should be the company spokesperson?

Corporate communicators and public relations professionals often debate about who should be the spokesperson for a company in a crisis. While some professionals advise that the CEO represents the brand each and every time the company needs to present a message to the public, others recommend a public relations or trained communications professional make public […]

Sharing Your Tips: When Should Your CEO Be Your Spokesperson?

By Gerard Braud –   Public relations experts often debate with crisis communications experts on when it is appropriate for the CEO to be the spokesperson for their company in a media interview.  Our social media followers and BraudCast contributors have weighed in across the globe to answer the question, “When should your CEO be […]

Share Your Opinions: When Should Your CEO Be Your Spokesperson?

By Gerard Braud –   The debate over who should be the company spokesperson for media interviews continues between public relations professionals and corporate communicators. That is why this week we are asking for your expert opinion, “When should your CEO be your spokesperson?” Some media relations experts argue that the CEO should always be […]

Featuring Your Tips: Is it ever okay to ask a reporter a question?

By Gerard Braud – On Monday we polled the global online community of corporate communicators and public relations professionals to answer our PR discussion question, “Is it ever okay for the interviewee to ask a reporter a question?” Our BraudCast viewers and social media followers have weighed in with their expert opinions on the topic. […]

We Want to Hear From You: Is it Ever Okay to Ask a Reporter a Question?

By Gerard Braud – Corporate communicators, public relations people, and spokespeople who have been effectively media trained know that the interviewee wants to control their media interview. However, news reporters and journalists want to guide the interview. We want to hear from you this week by answering our PR discussion question, “Is it ever okay […]

Sharing Your Tips for Writing Great Quotes for News Releases

By Gerard Braud – Writing quotes for news releases is no easy feat. Corporate communicators and public relations professionals know that when they write a quote it must sound authentic, heartfelt when necessary, and even unscripted.  They want to make their spokesperson sound credible, professional, and quote-worthy. Earlier this week posed a discussion question on social media […]

Asking for your PR opinion: What is your best tip for writing great quotes for news releases?

By Gerard Braud –     As a corporate writer or public relations professional, capturing the attention of your audience and writing effective news releases, let alone great quotes, is not an easy task.  That is why I am asking you to contribute to our weekly communications and PR discussion questions by sharing your best advice with your […]

Featuring Your Answers: How Quickly Do You Need to Issue a Public Statement in a Crisis?

  Public relations and corporate communications professionals may spend hours writing a press release or a public statement to present to the media and their employees. They may spend even more time reviewing the semantics with their legal teams and their executives.  This slow process causes reporters to become impatient and begin interviewing speculating eyewitnesses on […]

PR Discussion Question: How fast do you need to release a public statement in a crisis?

  For the most effective crisis communications and employee communications, how fast should a company release a public statement in a crisis? We pose this PR discussion question this week because public relations and corporate communications professionals often spend hours writing press releases and public statements and reviewing them with their executives and legal teams […]

Sharing Your Social Media Comments: What Role Should Your Internal Communications Team Play During a Crisis?

By Gerard Braud – On Monday we asked a question here on the blog and on our social media accounts to open discussion with corporate communicators and public relations professionals. We asked, “What role should your internal communications team play during a crisis?” Business communications professionals have weighed in on what they believe an internal communications team’s biggest […]

Featuring Your Media Relations Advice: Is it Ever Okay to Go Off the Record?

By Gerard Braud –   On Monday we asked corporate communicators and public relations professionals on social media the question, “Is it ever appropriate to talk off the record to a reporter?” They have weighed in and shared their expert advice, which we are now sharing with you in our follow-up video. A few business communications experts […]

Share your media relations advice: Is it ever okay to go off the record?

By Gerard Braud –   Speaking off of the record is triggered by either an incentive from the spokesperson or a suggestion from the reporter. It usually happens when the interview reaches an impasse because the spokesperson knows that if he says more, his comments will compromise a relationship or expose confidential information. Sometimes the […]

Featuring Your Answers: Getting Your Leader, CEO, Executive to a Media Training Class

By Gerard Braud – It can be very difficult for public relations and media relations professionals to persuade their CEO to schedule a media training class. All excuses are thrown on the table, such as, “it’s too expensive,” or “I have just don’t have the time.”  In some cases, your leader may be embarrassed  or […]

Please Answer: How can you persuade your CEO to take a media training class?

By Gerard Braud –     Public relations and media relations professionals know how crucial it is to have spokespeople, executives, and CEOs media trained and ready for a media interview at any given moment. However, it can be difficult to get senior level executives or the leadership team to put media training on their calendar. […]

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 […]

Featuring Your PR Tips: What’s the Best Way to Get in Touch with a Busy Reporter?

By Gerard Braud – On Monday we posed the question on the BraudCast YouTube Channel, “What is the best way to get in touch with a busy reporter?” Communications and public relations professionals know that it takes a well-established long-term relationship with the media in order to gain their attention. Busy reporters seem to be knocking at […]

Media Relations Question: What’s the Best Way to Get in Touch with a Busy Reporter?

By Gerard Braud – The media are often difficult to get in touch with when you have something positive happening to your company, school, or organization, however, in a crisis, they are knocking at your door instantly.  Corporate communications and public relations professionals know how important it is to establish a good relationship with the media […]

What the Pros Advised: Should your company have a social media policy for employees?

By Gerard Braud – On Monday we asked for expert advice from corporate communications and public relations professionals. We posed the discussion question “Should companies have a social media policy for employees?” on our social media. Have you seen or heard of effective social media policies for employees? What were some of the positive or […]

Please weigh in: Should companies have a social media policy for employees?

By Gerard Braud – There is an abundance of human resource policies out there in the corporate world, but is your company or organization really covering the pressing issues that social media can raise? With today’s communications running at the speed of Twitter, your employees could present a reputation and revenue damaging crisis for your […]

Sharing Your Advice on Talking to a Spokesperson After a Bad Media Interview

By Gerard Braud –     One messed up media interview can negatively impact your organization’s reputation and revenue. So, how do you, as a public relations professional, address your spokesperson after they have made mistakes in their media interview? On Monday I asked corporate communicators and media relations professionals for their best advice for […]

What’s the Best Way to Talk to Your Spokesperson About Their Messed Up Media Interview?

By Gerard Braud –   Media interviews are not easy, especially when you put senior level executives, CEOs, and spokespeople in front of the camera who have not had proper media training. Today I am asking you, the BraudCast viewers and the Braud Communications blog readers, for your best advice for talking to a spokesperson after they […]

You Answered “Does the CEO Need to be the Spokesperson Each Time in a Crisis?”

By Gerard Braud – On Monday we posed this public relations discussion question, “Does the CEO need to be the spokesperson each time in a crisis?” Corporate communications and media relations professionals weighed in on this topic, sharing their opinions on our social media accounts. Today  I’m sharing their answers in my follow-up video, as well as my crisis […]

Please Share Your Thoughts: Does the CEO Need to be the Spokesperson Each Time in a Crisis?

By Gerard Braud – Does the CEO need to be the spokesperson each time in a crisis? Should they be the face of the company in each media interview or public statement? When should a media trained professional or public relations representative step in front of the camera? This week I am asking you for […]

Sharing Your Answers: What if Your Leadership Team Listens to Corporate Lawyers More Than the PR Team?

By Gerard Braud –   As a public relations professional, how do you make sure that your voice is heard? How do you ensure that senior level executives and CEOs value your expertise on media training and effective communications? On Tuesday we asked corporate communicators and PR professionals to weigh in on our weekly discussion question, “If […]

What Should You Do if Your Leadership Team Listens to Corporate Lawyers More Than the PR Team?

By Gerard Braud –   This week we are asking public relations and corporate communications professionals, “If Your Leadership Team Listens to Corporate Lawyers More Than They Listen to the Public Relations Team How Do You Rectify That?” How do you ensure that you get a seat at the table?  How do you jump through the […]

Sharing Your Tips: Is It Ever Appropriate to Talk Off the Record?

By Gerard Braud – This week we posed the question, “Is it ever appropriate to talk off the record to a reporter?” for corporate communications, public relations, and media relations professionals to answer on our social media accounts. They have weighed in and shared their expert advice, which we are now sharing with you in […]

Please share your thoughts: Is it ever appropriate to talk off the record?

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By Gerard Braud – Should you ever talk off the record to a reporter? This is a question we are posing on the BraudCast YouTube Channel for corporate communications, public relations, and media relations professionals. We are asking you to weigh in this week on our social media pages with your expert advice. Maybe you […]

Featuring your tips: Should companies have a social media policy for employees?

By Gerard Braud – We posed this question on our YouTube Channel earlier this week, asking for your expert advice: “Should companies have a social media policy for employees?” Your colleagues who specialize in communications, public relations, and crisis management weighed in this week discussing some of the ways that organizations could benefit from a […]

Discussing Your Media Relations Tips: Is It Ever Okay to Ask a Reporter a Question?

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By Gerard Braud – Earlier this week we posed a discussion question for corporate communicators and public relations professionals. They have weighed in by posting on social media and in today’s video I am sharing their tips as well as my expert opinion. One of our contributors says it is sometimes okay to ask a […]

Is it Ever Okay to Ask a Reporter a Question?

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By Gerard Braud – News reporters and journalists often guide the media interview by asking questions to the interviewee, but is it ever okay for the interviewee to ask a reporter a question? Please share your comments on our social media and subscribe to the weekly question on the BraudCast YouTube Channel to participate each […]

Sharing Your Answers: Does the CEO need to be the spokesperson each time in a crisis?

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By Gerard Braud – Earlier this week we posed the question, “Does the CEO need to be the spokesperson each time in a crisis?” Crisis communications and media relations professionals weighed in on this topic, sharing their best advice on our social media accounts. Now I’m sharing their answers in my follow-up video, as well […]

Does the CEO need to be the spokesperson each time in a crisis?

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By Gerard Braud – Public relations professionals and corporate communicators: This week I am asking you for your bite-sized bits of best practices for this media relations issue. Does the CEO need to be the spokesperson each time in a crisis? Should they be the face of the company in each media interview or public […]

You Answered: What is the Best Way to Get in Touch with a Busy Reporter?

By Gerard Braud – Public relations and communications professionals know that it takes a long term relationship with the media in order to grab their attention. That is why I asked for your bite-sized bits of best practices for getting in touch with busy reporters. Senior communicators weighed in on our social media accounts and […]

What is the best way to get in touch with a busy reporter?

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By Gerard Braud – For public relations professionals and corporate communicators, it can be difficult to grab the attention of the media.  I am asking for your bite-sized bits of best practices for getting in touch with busy reporters. This week and every week we seek your best communications practices on the BraudCast. Please share […]

Your answers: How do you best respond when people get angry on your social media site?

By Gerard Braud – Social media can be a double edged sword for your corporation, school, or organization. It can be very positive and very negative at times. This week I asked corporate communicators and public relations professionals how they best respond when people get angry on their company social media site. They shared their […]

Your answers: What is the Worst Way to Begin a News Release?

By Gerard Braud – This week we asked public relations and media relations professionals, “What is the worst way to begin a news release?” Corporate communicators weighed in on our social media pages, sharing the worst phrases they have heard.  Each week we seek your best communications practices on the BraudCast. Share your thoughts here […]

What is the worst way to begin a news release?

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By Gerard Braud – This week we are asking public relations professionals and media relations professionals, “What is the worst way to begin a news release?” What types of news releases get thrown in the trash by the media and your audiences?  Each week we seek your best corporate communications and crisis communications practices on the BraudCast. […]

Your answers: What role should your internal communications team play during a crisis?

By Gerard Braud – Earlier this week we asked corporate communicators and PR professionals, “What role should your internal communications team play during a crisis?” Your colleagues have commented on the BraudCast You Tube Channel, here on the blog, and on social media. Listen to their thoughts in the video below. Make sure to subscribe […]

What role should your internal communications team play during a crisis?

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By Gerard Braud – This week we are asking, “What role should your internal communications team play during a crisis?” Each week we seek your best corporate communications and crisis communications practices on the BraudCast.  If your organization doesn’t have an internal communications team and that team is you, what role do you play?  Comment here and […]

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 […]

If Your Leadership Team Listens to Corporate Lawyers More Than They Listen to the Public Relations Team How Do You Rectify That?

By Gerard Braud – Each week we seek your best public relations practices on the BraudCast. Your discussion question this week is, “If Your Leadership Team Listens to Corporate Lawyers More Than They Listen to the Public Relations Team How Do You Rectify That?” What are your best public relations and communications practices to ensure that your voice […]

You answered: Are News Releases Dead?

By Gerard Braud – This week we asked corporate communicators and public relations professionals all over the world, “Are news releases dead?” Are they an effective way to communicate to the media and your audiences? Here is what your colleagues said.  Make sure to subscribe here to the weekly question so you can contribute next week.     […]

Are news releases dead?

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By Gerard Braud – Our question for discussion this week is “Are news releases dead?” Corporate communications and public relations professionals may have various opinions on this topic regarding the best way to communicate effectively to their audiences and the media. Please comment and subscribe here to the weekly question, as well as view your colleague’s answers […]

How do you talk to your spokesperson after they’ve screwed up in a media interview?

By Gerard Braud – This week I am asking public relations and media relations professionals for their best advice for talking to a spokesperson after they have screwed up in a media interview. That’s right, an awkward and uncomfortable discussion to have. Make sure to comment and subscribe here to the weekly question, as well […]

You answered: What is your best tip for writing a great quote for a news release?

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By Gerard Braud – Earlier this week we asked corporate communications and public relations professionals to share their best advice on how to write a great quote for a news release.   It’s no easy task to effectively communicate to your audiences using great quotes that the media can use. You and your colleagues weighed in, […]

What is your best tip for writing great quotes for news releases?

By Gerard Braud – Each week we seek your best public relations practices on the BraudCast. Your discussion question this week is, “What is your best tip for writing great quotes for news releases?” As a corporate writer or public relations professional, capturing the attention of your audience and writing effective news releases is not an easy […]

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 […]

When Crisis Strikes: 3 Ways to Think, Act, and Communicate Like a Reporter

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– By Gerard Braud You can’t turn on the television without a major crisis, tragedy, or disaster dominating the 24-hour news cycle. Through what lens do you view these events? If you’ve never done so, try to watch events unfold with the eyes of a crisis communications expert. Focus on deadlines, timing, and how quickly, […]

Thank You Gifts from Gerard Braud

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As we approach Thanksgiving in the U.S. I’d like to express my gratitude to all of you with whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with in recent weeks and months. At each conference where I’ve been a speaker since September, I’ve promised various free resources to help you become an expert in […]

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 […]

BraudCast Question: How do you effectively talk to your spokesperson after they have screwed up in a media interview?

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By Gerard Braud – This week the BraudCast question is, “How do you effectively talk to your spokesperson after they have screwed up in a media interview?” This can be quite a daunting task for a public relations professional.  It can be uncomfortable and awkward. That is why I am asking public relations and media […]

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 […]

Budgeting for 2016

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By Gerard Braud – For many of you it is budgeting season. You either ask for it now or you don’t get to do what you want a year from now. For others, it is that time of year where you have to spend unspent funds or lose them. That being said, I’m standing by […]

BraudCast Answer: How do you get your executives to buy into the concept of using social media if your organization is not yet using it?

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By Gerard Braud – Some communicators are still trying to make a case to their executives to use social media for their organization.  They may be trying to persuade their senior level executives or their board members that social media is not just a form of outbound marketing, but it can be used strategically for […]

BraudCast Question: How do you get your executives to buy into the concept of using social media if your organization is not yet using it?

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By Gerard Braud – This week the BraudCast question is, “How do you get your executives to buy into the concept of using social media if your organization is not yet using it?” Your executives may be more traditional in their communication skills. They may be hesitant about opening their organization up to harsh criticism online, […]

BraudCast Answer: What is your best advice to persuade your executives or CEO to take a media training class?

By Gerard Braud – It can be extremely difficult for public relations and corporate communications teams to convince their CEO or executives that one bad interview can severely harm their reputation or revenue. This week the BraudCast question was, “What is your best advice to persuade your executives or CEO to take a media training […]

BraudCast Question: What is your best advice to persuade your executives or CEO to take a media training class?

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By Gerard Braud – CEOs and executives may fear embarrassment in a media training class, they may have a hectic schedule, or can’t justify spending their revenue on a media trainer. Public relations professionals and internal communications professionals often have a difficult time getting their CEO or executives to put media training on their calendar. […]

BraudCast Answer: When should your CEO be your spokesperson?

By Gerard Braud – Public relations professionals and corporate communications managers have weighed in across the globe to answer the question, “When should your CEO be your spokesperson?” Listen to the video to hear their responses as well as my professional recommendations then share your thoughts. This question is one of a series of debates […]

BraudCast Question: When Should Your CEO Be Your Spokesperson?

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By Gerard Braud – Some public relations professionals and corporate communicators argue that the CEO should always be the spokesperson for effective communications, while others say it should be a public relations professional. When is it appropriate for the CEO to be the corporate spokesperson? Please share your opinion with us. This question is one […]

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

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Organizations often spend hours writing press releases and public statements and reviewing them with their public relations professionals and legal teams before they are ever presented to the media. This only allows the media to become impatient and frustrated and eyewitnesses to begin speculating.  For effective crisis communications and employee communications, how fast should a company release a […]

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 […]

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

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In the public relations industry there is often a debate about who should be the spokesperson for a company in a crisis. Some may argue that it should be the CEO or a senior executive, while others argue it should be a public relations professional. Please share your opinion with us and it may be […]

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 #23 Your Official Responsibility as a Public Relations Professional or Corporate Spokesperson

Tutorial #23 by Gerard Braud – These 23 crisis communication tutorials are meant to inform you and help you realize  your official responsibility as a spokesperson. You need to communicate to the media within the first hour of a breaking crisis.  You can do this by uploading your own professionally done videos to the web, which also […]

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 #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, […]

Tutorial #19 What is B-Roll? Why You Should Videotape it and Send it to the Media During Your Crisis

Tutorial #19 By Gerard Braud –   When uploading a video to the web or a CNN iReport during your crisis, you can either place yourself on camera as a narrator of events, or send video of an event that is still ongoing. The video of an event that is still happening is known in […]

Tutorial #18 How to Film a Reporter Style “Selfie” Standup with Your Smartphone

Tutorial #18 by Gerard Braud – You may be wondering why you would want to upload your own selfie videos to the web during your crisis. You might think it is the last thing you would want to do, or that it could make your organization vulnerable to more negative feedback or more negative press. However, filming […]

Tutorial #17 Using Skype as Part of Your Crisis Communications Plan

Tutorial #17 by Gerard Braud – As more media outlets cut back on the size of their news staff, they are seeking more videos provided by eyewitnesses or experts. This is where you come in… and this creates a huge opportunity for you. I am publishing this series of tutorials to show corporate spokespeople, public information officers […]

Tutorial #16 How to Add Simple Yet Effective Movement to Your Web Video

Tutorial #16 By Gerard Braud – If you decide to file a web video as part of your crisis communications or media relations strategy, you can speak directly to the media about your crisis. Not only can the media access it and view it, but so will your audiences such as customers and employees. Now […]

Tutorial #13 How to Get Good Audio for Your Crisis Communications Videos

Tutorial #13 By Gerard Braud – Creating smartphone or iPad videos for effective crisis communications is something that is not being done by enough Public Information Officers (PIO), Emergency Managers, government officials or corporate spokespeople. Quite possibly, these groups of people are not creating videos because they have not been trained in doing so.  This […]

Tutorial #12: How to Create Proper Lighting When Creating Videos on Your Smartphone

Tutorial # 12 By Gerard Braud – Public relations professionals, emergency managers, corporate spokespeople and public information officers (PIO) need to create quality smartphone videos to communicate with their audiences effectively during their crises. Among many elements to consider when creating your own smartphone video, lighting is another tricky, but crucial one. After viewing this […]

7 Frightening Media Realities for Public Relations

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By Gerard Braud –- As the media changes, your media relations strategy must change with it. We covered these changes and strategies in detail at the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) conference in San Francisco during my Monday morning workshop, #IABC15 The Changing Media Landscape. For those of you who attended the workshop, this […]

Social Media Collides With Mainstream Media: The Changing Landscape of Media Interviews in Good Times & Bad

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By Gerard Braud – As social media and smart phones expand their reach, we are seeing a seismic shift that is sending tremors through the mainstream media landscape. This is creating both new challenges, as well as new opportunities for media spokespeople. Capitalizing on the opportunities requires you to adopt new approaches, learn new skills […]

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 […]

4 Tips to Avoid the Worst Sentence in a News Release

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By Gerard Braud – The worst sentence to begin a news release is, “We are excited to announce…” If you hire a so-called public relations expert to write your news release and they write this, you should fire them. If you have written this yourself because you’ve seen others do the same thing, please stop. […]

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 […]

4 Media Training Tips from Marco Rubio’s Interview with Chris Wallace

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By Gerard Braud – I’m irritated by how Chris Wallace conducted his interview with Marco Rubio on Fox News Sunday. The media interview is generating a barrage of news stories about where Rubio stands on the issue of whether the U.S. should have invaded Iraq. For the full context of this article, watch this clip […]

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 […]

Media Interview Mistakes of Jeb Bush: The Sequel

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By Gerard Braud – In yesterday’s blog we talked about the impact a bad media interview can have on a spokesperson, whether it is a candidate running for office or a corporate executive. In the article, we examined presidential candidate Jeb Bush and his interview with Fox News. One additional aspect of a bad interview […]

5 Crisis Communications Lessons from Dr. Oz

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By Gerard Braud – Dr. Mehmet Oz is in crisis communications mode. He has been making headlines in the media as medical colleagues criticize him for advice he gives and things he says on his syndicated television program. His hometown newspaper, the New Jersey Register, asked for my opinion on how Oz has begun to […]

4 Media Training & Interview Tips Courtesy of Jeb Bush & Megyn Kelly

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By Gerard Braud – Media training is not just about being an expert when it comes to answering a question. Media interview skills also require you to know how to ask questions of the reporter. The fuss about presidential candidate Jeb Bush is a case in point, based on an answer he gave to Fox […]

When “It” Hits the Fan – Hurricane Season Readiness & Effective Communications

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By Gerard Braud – Forecasters are watching for what might be the development of the first hurricane of 2015.  This happens just as the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association (LEPA) meets in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in advance of the official hurricane season. I’m delivering the opening keynote presentation to LEPA emergency managers this morning as we […]

4 Considerations When Speaking About the Baltimore Crisis

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By Gerard Braud What do you think about the crisis going on in Baltimore? Before you verbalize your answer, think not just about your answer to the question, but also the impact your answer could have on the reputation and revenue of your business. This is especially true for those of you who are in […]

4 Refreshing Public Relations, Crisis Communication and Media Relations Phrases

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By Gerard Braud – In the past three weeks there have been three big public relations crises that have lead to unprecedented crisis communication. In these crises public relations professionals used phrases we should all say more often to the media, to our employees, and to our stakeholders. They include: I Was Wrong. I Made […]

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 […]

Bruce Jenner: 4 Media Lessons in Teasing, Ratings & Public Relations Pitching

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By Gerard Braud – Pitching a story to the media is hard. Today I’m making a presentation to a group of public relations students at Loyola University in New Orleans. They want to know about secrets to pitching stories to the media. Their instructor wanted me to share my perspective since I have been both […]

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. […]

#FireBrittMcHenry: The ESPN Media & Social Media Crisis

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By Gerard Braud– How would you or your company handle the situation if one of your employees did what ESPN reporter Britt McHenry did? A media and social media crisis has been created for ESPN and McHenry when a video was posted that showed McHenry berating an employee of an auto towing company. At this […]

5 Media Training Lessons About Parsing Your Words So You Are Never Taken Out of Context

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By Gerard Braud – CEOs and other executives – in fact an enormous number of spokespeople I meet in media training classes — all complain that in their past, “The media took me out of context.” As we look at public relations lessons from political campaigns this week, we can examine the failed presidential campaign […]

Media Training Case Study: The Hillary Clinton Campaign

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By Gerard Braud – The media lessons of Herman Cain, in our last article, should be heeded well by the Hillary Clinton campaign as well as by all public relations experts, CEOs and executives. Lesson #1: Always consider the financial impact of your words. Lesson #2: When you have big negatives in your past, you […]

Media Training Case Study: Political Season Is Upon Us

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By Gerard Braud – In yesterday’s article I mentioned The New York Times called me Friday for a comment about Rand Paul’s hostile interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. When the Times starts calling for observations, that means the political season is in full swing. You can learn a lot about your own media interview dos […]

7 Media Training & Spokesperson Lessons from Rand Paul vs. Savannah Guthrie

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By Gerard Braud – The New York Times called me Friday for a comment about Rand Paul’s hostile interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. When the Times starts calling for observations, that means the political season is in full swing. Reporter Alan Rappeport does a great job covering candidates and the things they say in his […]

4 Media Relations Lessons from Rolling Stone and 5 Public Relations Ways to Deal With Bad Reporters

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By Gerard Braud – The Rolling Stone Magazine retraction of their University of Virginia gang rape story is filled with parallels I often warn of in my media training and crisis communications programs. Here are 4 realities: 1) Reporters love an underdog and generally value the word of the accuser more than the word of […]

Great Sound Bites for Dumb Questions: Lessons in Crisis Communication & Media Training

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By Gerard Braud The media, especially the 24 hour cable news channels, are asking some really dumb, speculative questions as they cover the tragic crash of Germanwings flight 9525. In media training the trainer should teach the spokesperson to never speculate. Yet many spokespeople don’t always deflect the speculative questions as well as I would […]

In Defense of Social Media

By Greg Davis – [Editors Note from Gerard Braud – Today we have a guest blog from Greg Davis of Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative. Greg wrote this as a follow up to my March 5, 2015 blog about utility companies avoiding a crisis by communicating with customers who take their complaints about high electric bills […]

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 […]

Did the SNL ISIS Skit Go Too Far? A Lesson in Opinion Based Crisis Communications

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By Gerard Braud – In the classic sense, it is not a crisis, but there is an underlying crisis communications lesson regarding the Saturday Night Live sketch on February 28, 2015. Social media is buzzing with opinions about whether SNL went too far. SNL mocked a commercial where a father drops his daughter at the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Anderson Cooper 360 on the Brian Williams Crisis

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By Gerard Braud – Anderson Cooper 360 is asking you on Twitter to respond to his question, “Do you think Brian Williams can ever return to the news?” My previous blog post outlines my latest take on the Brian Williams crisis and the conditions in which he could, but likely won’t return to the news […]

Je Suis Brian Williams

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By Gerard Braud Amid the media stories and lingering crisis surrounding Brian Williams, I will raise these questions. 1. Was the story true to the teller? 2. Would others on that mission recall events differently? 3. When you recall an event and tell that story, is it true to you, while others might recall it […]

Selecting the Right Spokesperson: Should it be Multiple People?

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Who should be your media spokesperson? In this series of blogs, we have reviewed the argument for the CEO serving as the spokesperson and the PR person serving as the media spokesperson. Consider option 3: Should a Variety of People Should Serve as Your Media Spokespeople? A subject matter expert, with proper media training, can be […]

How to Select the Right Spokesperson? Should it be the PR person?

Who should be your media spokesperson in a crisis? In a recent blog, we reviewed Argument #1: The CEO Should Always Be the Spokesperson. Now we can review Argument #2: When Should the PR Person Be the Spokesperson? The public relations person is an excellent choice as a spokesperson in the first hour of the crisis when […]

Super Bowl Media Interviews: How to Manipulate What a Reporter Writes

How often do you do a media interview with the intended goal of having a specific quote used by the media? It is one of my intended goals for every media spokesperson in every media training class I teach, and here’s why… Every reporter writes their story around your quote. And guess what? You can […]

Crisis Communication Lessons for the Super Bowl Bound New England Patriots

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Why are we still talking about deflated footballs days before the Super Bowl? Best in class public relations, expert crisis communications, and expert media relations can be personified by not letting a little issue grow into a big issue. If a small weed grows in my garden, I pull it right away so it doesn’t […]

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 […]

Marshawn Lynch and the High Cost of Super Bowl Media Interviews

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With Super Bowl media day at hand, Marshawn Lynch, the media shy Seattle Seahawk, can expect more attention for what he does NOT say than what he DOES say. In the past the NFL has issued fines as high as $100,000 for Lynch, because he didn’t want to talk to the media. Can Marshawn’s media […]

The Fog of Decision Paralysis: A Lesson in Crisis Behavior

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You should know it is fog season in New Orleans. With fog season comes some significant lessons about human behavior in a crisis. Dive in with me, if you will, on an incredibly foggy morning. We are crossing a 12 mile long bridge over Lake Pontchartrain from Mandeville, Louisiana to New Orleans. We’re on this […]

A PR Epiphany About Your Value As a Public Relations Expert

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Did you find your moment of public relations epiphany following yesterday’s blog and BraudCast video? I’d love for you to write me at gerard@braudcommunications.com and tell me what it is. In addition to yesterday’s epiphany, there are several others I’d like to share with you as we all work together as communications professionals seeking to achieve effective […]

What is Your Public Relations & Personal Epiphany?

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  I’d like you to stop for a moment as you plan for the New Year and your public relations goals. Reflect if you will, on the year that just ended, as well as the years before. Today is the Day of Epiphany, and I’d like to challenge you to identify moments of epiphany in […]

Media Training 29: Conclusion

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com We began this 29 lesson discussion with the admonition, “Don’t talk to the media.” The original admonition was that you speak through the media to your audience and the media’s audience. But as we conclude, let me take this thought a bit further. We’ve poured out for you 29 lessons of […]

Scroogenomics and the Company Christmas Party

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In this joyous time of the year, have you noticed how grumpy some people are about their company Christmas party? Well, have you heard of Scroogenomics? And does it apply to your company Christmas party? Do you hear these things where you work? Our party is so lame. I wish I didn’t have to go […]

Media Training 28: Speaking Off the Record

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com Never agree to speak off the record. This lesson really could end with just that phrase: Never speak off the record. Speaking off the record has been taboo among the wisest media trainers and public relations sages for decades, but rarely do I teach a media training class in which I don’t […]

Media Training 27: Body Language

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com What you don’t say is often as important or more important than what you do say, when you are talking to a reporter. How you stand, how you act, how you fidget, how you move, how you stutter, how you sit, and where you look, all says a lot about you. […]

Media Training 25: Social Media Training

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com  The internet, the media on the internet, and the proliferation of self-ordained pundits on the internet, has forever changed the world. So has the proliferation of gadgets that let us rapidly post pictures, comments and video to the web. The ability for the global community to post online comments in countless […]

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 21: The Secret to Handling Negative Questions

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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 […]

Media Training 20: The Secret to Internalizing Key Messages

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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 […]

Media Training 19: Preparing for a Desk Side Visit

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Media Training 14: Reporters like to Speculate

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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 […]

Media Training 9: The Myth about 3 Key Messages

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com  So in the last lesson, we talked about not letting facts get in the way of a good story. The secret is to keep it simple. When you go through media training (which I enjoy teaching more than anything in the world and I would still do every day even if I […]

Media Training 5: The Media are Biased

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com There is much debate about whether the media are biased; especially whether there is a liberal bias. If you truly want to explore that subject, I suggest you read the book Bias by Bernard Goldberg. It has been my experience over the years that much of what is perceived as bias is really […]

Media Training 4: They Took Me Out of Context and They Left My Best Stuff on the Cutting Room Floor

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com The 2 single biggest complaints I have heard from executives over the years, after they have done an interview, is that “the reporter took me out of context” or that “the reporter left my best stuff on the cutting room floor.” (If you are young, the cutting room is where film […]

Social Media Force Fit at KFC

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By Gerard Braud A soft drink cup at KFC screamed, “SOCIAL MEDIA FORCE FIT,” as I munched on my original recipe drum stick. The cup had the hashtag “#HowDoYouKFC?” Nothing says uncool like adults trying to get young people to be cool by doing something uncool in an attempt to be cool. (Did you follow […]

You’re “Excited” AND “Pleased” ??? Wow, That’s Effective Communications: NOT

What if you learned that your writing and communications skills are really are sub-par? Would you want someone to tell you? Here is an example– An IABC e-mail just reached my inbox. The lead sentence says, “I’m excited about…” That is sub-par writing and public relations. It is shocking that public relations people cannot write […]

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 Communications Plan Question: Would an Expert Approve My Plan?

An expert would ask you these questions: 1. Count the pages of your crisis communications plan. If it is 6-10 pages long, it is likely only a list of standard operating procedures and not a true plan. Most organizations have been lead to believe this is a plan. My description is that this is little […]

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 […]

5 Ebola Crisis Communications Considerations

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By Gerard Braud Your personality type may decide the fate of your crisis communication response if the Ebola crisis touches your company (or the company for your work for.) On one extreme is the personality that says, “It’s too soon. Maybe we should watch it and wait and see.” On the other extreme are those […]

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 […]

Crisis Communication Leadership: Power of a Resignation

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It is always a good thing in crisis management when the person at the top says, “The buck stops here,” and they are willing to resign because a significant crisis happened under their watch. Listen to my opinion with Radio Host Kate Delaney:   This does 2 things. From a public relations and crisis communications […]

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 […]

NFL Crisis Sets Off Cynics

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Don’t set me off. I’m a cynic. The NFL crisis and its flawed communications strategy continues to set off the cynic in me. A huge part of my crisis communications plan strategy and the crisis management advice provided to my clients is based upon understanding how to effectively communicate to the cynics. Sunday night the […]

Corporate Whitewashing

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By Gerard Braud The NFL now has two strikes against it for throwing money at advocacy groups and causes as a way to make it appear they care about an issue. Is this corporate whitewashing? It wasn’t until concussion issues became part of a high-profile lawsuit that the NFL began donating money to groups who […]

NFL Crisis Lesson: 3 Steps to Good Ethics and Leadership in Crisis Management and Crisis Communications

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By Gerard Braud Crisis management and crisis communications depend upon honesty and ethical leadership. The easiest way to define good, ethical behavior is to consider that your behavior and discussions in private should be the same as if the entire world were watching and listening. I suspect the NFL crisis is confounded by the same […]

Gerard Braud Shares NFL Crisis Communications Advice With Radio Host Kate Delaney of America Tonight and NBC Sports Radio

As the communication silence continues from the NFL, everyone wants to know when the crisis will end. Kate Delaney called Gerard Braud for his expert opinion on the crisis.

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 […]

NFL Crisis Management and Crisis Communications Double Standard

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By Gerard Braud   NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell missed a crisis management and crisis communications opportunity to end the Ray Rice crisis. Sunday should have been the day Roger Goodell announced to the world that he would be suspending himself for one year. It would have displayed leadership in a crisis. It would have been […]

3 Questions to Ask about the Intersection of Crisis Management, Crisis Communication, and Crisis Communications Plans: The NFL

By Gerard Braud Another crisis management and crisis communication lesson plays out in the NFL as the Associated Press reports the NFL had a copy of the videotape showing Ray Rice punching his fiance in the face. This exposes a crisis management and crisis communication weakness found in many organizations, which either involves leaders intentionally […]

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 […]

Secrets to Effective Key Messages for Media Training

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By Gerard Braud Do your key messages suck? Most people think not. I think they usually do. Expert Media Training requires solid key messages. But public relations people have been taught that a key message is little more than giving your spokesperson or CEO a handful of bullet points, then turning them loose to do […]

Key Messages That Convey What’s In It For Your Audience: Apple iPhone 6

By Gerard Braud As I watch the Apple iPhone 6 roll out, I’m hearing lots of technical stuff. That’s great if you are a techno geek who cares about screen size, pixels and data points. But what does the new iPhone 6 do to make my life better? As a consumer where is the “What’s […]

Crisis Communications Statements That Say Nothing

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By Gerard Braud Leaders are slow to communicate in a crisis, so I get excited when I see an executive initiate some type of crisis communications. However, the example I’m going to show you here, in my expert opinion, does little to effectively communicate. Also, with two potential crises, this executive opts to focus on […]

3 Ways to Refocus for Fall and Beyond: Better Public Relations After Summer’s Distractions

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By Gerard Braud Is “work – life” balance possible for people in public relations? Experience tells me many public relations professionals get stressed trying to complete job tasks while also balancing their family or personal life, especially this time of year. Look at your life today, for example. The kids are back in school. The […]

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 […]

Crisis Communications: When Social Media is Mandatory, When it is Optional, and When it is Useless in a Crisis

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By Gerard Braud Many thanks to Shel Holtz for his crisis communications podcast that explores whether there is ever a right time to take your social media sites dark during a crisis. You can listen to the entire podcast here. Some folks are appalled at the suggestion of taking a social media site dark and they […]

Social Media Is Not Always the Right Fit for Reaching Your Audience in Every Crisis

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By Gerard Braud When I mentioned on a blog and BraudCast video recently that sometimes in a crisis, taking your brand Facebook page dark may be the best option, I expected a lot of pushback or differing points of view. Crisis colleague Melissa Agnes posted the observations below and I want to share them with […]

Crisis Communications Management: The Ebola Expert vs. The Social Media Celebrity Alarmist

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By Gerard Braud Social media complicates crisis communications, especially when an expert is pitted against alarmists and detractors on social media. Crisis communications and crisis management get more difficult when the social media alarmist is a celebrity. Donald Trump has taken to his Twitter account to say that people with Ebola should not be brought […]

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 […]

3 Secrets to Undervaluing a Crisis Communication Plan

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By Gerard Braud Your expert crisis communication and public relations feedback is invited on this crisis communications case study. A global company called to inquire about my crisis communication plan program and training. Their corporate revenues are $2 billion dollars annually. The company stock trades at about $66 per share. It has about 8,000 employees […]

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, […]

The Conclusion of Disturbing Television News Trends

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By Gerard Braud It is all about ratings. Television news is all about ratings. What gets on television news is less about the public’s need to know for the betterment of society and more about drawing in viewers, so as to increase advertising revenue. Television news is a business for profit, where once it was […]

Disturbing Television Media Trend Bonus #8: Bad Imitation is Not Flattery

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By Gerard Braud It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But in television news, imitation is usually the sincerest form of panic and desperation. Case in point: On June 3rd the Today Show’s Al Roker planted a prize in a park in Dallas, Texas, then gave out clues on Twitter […]

Disturbing Television Media Trend #7: Unconfirmed Reports

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By Gerard Braud If the story of Chicken Little was told today, there is a strong likelihood that it would quickly be picked-up by, and reported by, the television news media. It would go like this: Chicken Little would have an acorn fall on her head, she would scream, “The sky is falling.” Minutes later […]

Disturbing Television News Trend #6: Social Media Backlash

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By Gerard Braud Social media is like a compass. A compass has 360 degrees or points on it. If you face one direction, the opposite direction is 180 degrees from you. In social media, any time you take a position on a topic, you can be assured that someone else has an opinion 180 degrees […]

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 […]

Disturbing News Trend #4: Trending Now

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By Gerard Braud “Trending today” or “trending now” are phrases I hate to hear on television news. If news is defined as information that allows us to make smarter, more informed decisions, then a trending video of a cat playing with string is not news. Each day there is less news on news programs. News […]

Breaking News is Broken and there is Nothing Breaking: Disturbing Media Trend #2

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By Gerard Braud News media copycats make life more difficult in the world of crisis communications and public relations. More than ever before, your small crisis can get undue media coverage because of the latest disturbing media trend. Disturbing news media trend #2 is the breaking news trend. CNN is the king of using the […]

Social Media for Crisis Communications: Social Media Confusion in Crisis Communication

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By, Gerard Braud It is difficult to control what gets said on social media during a crisis. Often, the misinformation that is spread rapidly on social media causes panic and potential harm. Let’s look at a case study of Twitter gone bad when it hits the fan. When the Virginia Tech shooting occurred, Twitter was just […]

Social Media for Crisis Communications: Social Media as the Cause of Your Crisis

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By Gerard Braud As we examine the leadership gap, the generation gap, and shiny new object syndrome, let’s note that in many cases, in the world of crisis communications, social media can be a greater source of bad than good. The fact that a citizen can post a picture of a plane crash before the […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting Ready to Get Ready to Get Started to Begin

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by Gerard Braud Corporate public relations moves too slow. Not a day goes by that I don’t have a phone call with a public relations person who is telling me what they can’t do and why they can’t do it. This trend concerns me gravely. I call this getting ready to get ready to get […]

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 […]

Media Training and Word Vomit (Ew! Gross)

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By Gerard Braud While teaching interview skills in a media training class, a participating executive provided expert insight to the lesson I was teaching. “So you don’t want us to word vomit everything we know in a media interview, right?” he asked. That isn’t how I would have phrased it, but now that I think […]

Who Should Be Your Spokesperson in a Crisis?

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By Gerard Braud In media training and crisis communications training, there are many debates about who should be your spokesperson in a crisis. Here are three common arguments and what you should consider. Argument 1: The CEO Should Always Be the Spokesperson A CEO who wants to be the only spokesperson is destined for failure. […]

Re-Think Your Writing: Three Ways to Make Your Words Resonate With Your Audiences

By Gerard Braud Few people read to the end of an article. I have little confidence that you will read to the end of this article, even though the final thought may change your life and career. Every reader makes several judgments throughout each article as to whether they should move on or read on. […]

Crisis Management & Crisis Communication: The Justin Bieber Case

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By Gerard Braud In crisis management and crisis communication you must manage the rule of thirds, as it relates to your brand and the management of your reputation. Define the rule of thirds this way: One third of the audience loves you – and nothing can change that. One third of the audience hates you […]

3 Symptoms of Emergency News Release Syndrome and 3 Ways to Deal With Them

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By Gerard Braud Our last article focused on the need for public relations experts to be more strategic as they accomplish tactical tasks. You were reminded that the articles you write must result in behavior change. Your Tweets, Facebook posts and videos must also result in change such as better employee productivity, more sales, or […]

How Public Relations People Judge Success: One Monumental Secret to Achieving More Success in the Coming Year

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By Gerard Braud Public relations and communication professionals on a global basis are experts at creativity. One cute, creative holiday letter I received spoke volumes about how public relations people judge success and the urgent need for public relations people to rethink their approach. The card was a creative spoof of the dreaded “holiday letter” […]

Media Training Advice: 3 Lost Public Relations Opportunities in the Duck Dynasty Reaction

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By Gerard Braud Our focus on media training, crisis communications and public relations extends into the Duck Dynasty controversy and three lost opportunities. Put your politics, religion and personal views about gender, sexuality and race aside for a moment in order to put these observations into the context for which they are intended. Today’s primary […]

Media Training for CEOs and Executives Worldwide May Save Their Jobs & Protect Their Profits – Ask Lululemon Founder Chip Wilson

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By Gerard Braud Every media training class I teach worldwide begins with this phrase: “If you could attach a dollar to every word that comes out of your mouth, would you make money or lose money?” Here is an image straight from my media training manual if you need proof. Here is a video lesson […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Death of PR Perseverance (F-bombs included)

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By Gerard Braud Five public relations veterans, pontificating and dropping F-bombs over cocktails recently at the PRSA conference, concluded the biggest problem in PR today is the lack of perseverance by those in the media relations, public relations and the communication professions. Is this true or not true for you? Read on… I’ll describe the […]

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 […]

Experts in Crisis Communication Agree: Home Depot Tweet Gone Wrong: 5 Things Your Public Relations Team Should Do Right Now

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By Gerard Braud Experts in crisis communication know social media in corporate communications is highly likely to lead to a crisis. I would say more brands are likely to be harmed than helped by a social media brand page. Home Depot leaders acted swiftly to fire an outside agency and an employee who posted a […]

Media Trainer Gives Advice to Chip Wilson, Lululemon Founder

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By Gerard Braud Media training, media trainers and the executives and spokespeople who go through media training need to understand the importance of practicing before every media interview. Chip Wilson, Lululemon Founder is being criticized today for comments about how Lululemon pants only fit some women and the ongoing crisis or controversy over allegations 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 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 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 […]

PRSA Workshop Resources

As a PRSA member, here are some additional resources and links to supplement our program on social media, crisis communications, and secrets to effective communications when “it” hits the fan. 1) A copy of my First Critical Statement can be downloaded with this link. To download it for free, enter the coupon code CRISISCOMPLAN An […]

Social Media When “It” Hits the Fan

By Gerard Braud, CSP, Fellow IEC There is so much to hate about social media. Yet there are so many new avenues of communications available to you during a crisis, that it becomes hard to hate social media. On the other hand, during a crisis social media can blow up with excessive criticism and hate. […]

23 Tutorials on How to Effectively Use Social Media When the Next Katrina Hits

Today marks two years since Hurricane Isaac and ten years since Hurricane Katrina. In that short time between these two hurricanes, media relations and crisis communications has been affected by social media and technology. Are you ready to effectively communicate in your next big natural disaster, be it a tornado, snow storm, forest fire or […]

Crisis Communications for Schools Part 2: Defining a Crisis and a Crisis Plan

By Gerard Braud For the purpose of our discussion in these articles, we will define a crisis this way: A crisis is any incident that may seriously affect the safety, function, operation, reputation and/or revenue of any organization, public or private. We will not debate or parse words as to whether what is called a […]

This CEO is a Train Wreck: 9 Crisis Communication Lessons You Can Learn

Trainwreck CEO

By Gerard Braud Crisis communications requires fast comment from company officials when a crisis happens. The spokespeople must also have media training and must be flawless in their news conference. In a major crisis, you should be talking with the media within one hour or less of the onset of the crisis. The CEO featured […]

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 […]

Three Media Lessons from Paula Deen

Paula Deen Today Show

by Gerard Braud “I is what I is, and I’m not going to change.” That is the costly statement made by Paula Deen to Matt Lauer in an NBC Today Show. “If you could attach a dollar to every word you say, would you make money or lose money?” Those are the first words every […]

Tutorial #23: Now is the Time for PIOs and Official Spokespeople to Embrace and File CNN iReports

Tutorial #23 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 #22: Keep it Short

Tutorial #22 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 #21: Great New Gadgets for iReporting and Web Videos

Tutorial #21 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 #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 #19: How to Shoot and Why to Send B-Roll to CNN

Tutorial #19 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 […]

Tutorial #17: Using SKYPE.com for Live Reports on CNN & HLN

Tutorial #17 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

Tutorial #3 Still Gerard Braud

(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.)     […]

Get the Right Technology to be a CNN iReporter

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

CNN Ireport Account

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.} […]

Manage the Expectations of Your Audience: Story Telling Secrets of the Media and a CNN iReporter

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.} […]

Compare and Contrast News Stories: Secrets of the Media

Isaac Flooding Gerard Braud

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.} […]

How a Guy in Mandeville, Louisiana Became the Source of Breaking News

Isaac Ireport Gerard Braud

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

Airplane

(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 […]

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 social […]

Prescriptions for Great Media Interviews: Secrets You Need to Know Before Talking to Reporters

By Gerard Braud The doctor’s resume was impressive. It demonstrated a successful practice, plus a history of research and teaching. The ABC News program 20/20 wanted to do a story about the doctor’s research. The teaching hospital selected me to be the media trainer. After the best research possible, to prepare, I called the public […]

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, […]

So… The new International Media Training No-No

Media Training - Gerard Braud - Braud Communications

Soooooo…. I’ve noticed a new trend. Soooooo…. it appears people think every sentence needs to start with “Soooooo….” Soooooo…. stop it already! I first noticed this alarming trend while teaching media training to a global defense contractor in Los Angeles in 2010. One engineer — a lead engineer –started every sentence with “Soooooo….” It was driving […]

Media Training Coach Tip: The Top 4 Reasons Media are Considered Biased

Gerard Braud Communication with media

There is much debate about whether the media are biased; especially whether there is a liberal bias. If you truly want to explore that subject, I suggest you read the book Bias by Bernard Goldberg. (http://www.amazon.com/Bias-Insider-Exposes-Media-Distort/dp/0895261901) It has been my experience over the years that much of what is perceived as bias is really the […]

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 […]

Gerard Braud – Being Opportunistic – PR Sins of 2009 & How to Redeem Yourself in 2010

As we look back at the sins of 2009 and ways to redeem yourself in 2010, today’s lesson is about how to be opportunistic. Opportunistic means you take advantage of a situation to get what you want. Maybe it is because I grew up in a large family and had to fight my 3 older […]

Gerard Braud – The Sins of 2009 & How to Redeem Yourself in 2010 – Tuesday

This week we’re looking at the Sins of 2009 and how to redeem yourself in 2010. Today’s topic is “No” Doesn’t Mean “No!” 2009 was a year when we heard “no” a lot at work. Request for new projects, new training, new budgets, were often greeted with a big fat, flat out “no.” A colleague […]

Crisis Communications, Michael Jackson & Your Executives

I’ve been wanting to share these thoughts with you since the story first broke about the death of Michael Jackson, but I thought some may consider it insensitive or overtly opportunistic too close to his death. But now that some time has passed, let’s examine what we, as communicators, can learn from the death of […]

Lesson 29: Conclusion

By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com We began this 29 lesson discussion with the admonition, “Don’t talk to the media.” The original admonition was that you speak through the media to your audience and the media’s audience. But as we conclude, let me take this thought a bit further. We’ve poured out for you 29 lessons of […]

Lesson 27: Body Language

By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com What you don’t say is often as important or more important than what you do say, when you are talking to a reporter. How you stand, how you act, how you fidget, how you move, how you stutter, how you sit, and where you look, all says a lot about you. […]

Lesson 25: Social Media Training

By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com  The internet, the media on the internet, and the proliferation of self-ordained pundits on the internet, has forever changed the world. So has the proliferation of gadgets that let us rapidly post pictures, comments and video to the web. The ability for the global community to post online comments in countless […]

Lesson 24: Death by News Conference

By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com Many reporters fear what I often call “death by news conference.” In lesson 17 we discussed the concept of committing news as a premeditated act. Reporters hate to cover news conferences for two main reasons. The first reason is because usually there are way too many spokespeople saying little if anything […]

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 […]

Lesson 10: What Does That Mean?

By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com  The question I ask most often these days is, “What does that mean?” I’m relatively well educated. I’m well read. I travel the world constantly teaching media relations and crisis communications. But what bugs the ever living daylights out of me is hearing people speak in mumble jumble that they think […]

Lesson 9: The Myth about 3 Key Messages

By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com  So in the last lesson, we talked about not letting facts get in the way of a good story. The secret is to keep it simple. When you go through media training (which I enjoy teaching more than anything in the world and I would still do every day even if […]