I had the privilege of participating in a crisis masterclass in February. The one-week “Rapid Response Communication in a New Age” course targeted undergraduates in public relations at the University of Florida, but department chair, Dr. Marcia DiStaso, invited graduate students to attend. I am not going to tell you about the class itself (it was awesome). Instead I will tell you about the five things I learned from Linda Rutherford, Southwest’s chief of communications who flew all the way from Dallas to conduct the one-day crisis simulation, that are important to be successful as a public relations practitioner.
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Inside the Games, the major source for sports news around the world top story for its Thursday Febr. 1 newsletter read, "Putin apologises to Russian athletes for failing to protect them during doping scandal". Could I possibly be reading correctly? Is one of the most powerful men in the world apologizing to athletes for seemingly doing wrong? Yes, he was! But why would he do such a thing? The fact is "sport and politics are inextricably intertwined and often work to demonstrate social, economic, or political supremacy over another nation."
So, the South Coast of the Island is Having A Sewage Problem. What public relations measures should companies be taking?
For more than a year now the South Coast of the island has had a major issue relating to the sewage system, which is posing problems for businesses in that area as a result of foul odours, and rumours relating to food and water safety. This issue has escalated to crisis proportion. Despite this, I am yet to evidence a strategic communications plan from businesses in the area describing the environmental state of their business and what they are doing to protect the interest of stakeholders.
The year 2018 has brought with it all the uncertainties and expectations of a New Year wrapped in a bow of fireworks. For Barbados and Barbadians, the beginning of this year spells even more uncertainty as there is a pending general
Independence and Christmas are in the air. The colours blue, yellow and black will be a prominent sight as you move around the island. This is one of the busiest times for public relations practitioners and event planners. Normally everywhere is booked up by now and everything that is blue, yellow and black is sold out as planning for this season can start as early as a year in advance. Not to worry, there are still some things you can do if you are off to a slow start, some quite inexpensive or free and some that will demand a budget. Here are six ways to show your love for Barbados this 51st Independence.
Reflecting on the devastation that struck the Caribbean, Mexico and Florida over the past months, especially the catastrophic hurricanes that damaged our neighbouring islands, it is safe to say that Barbados has a lot for which to be thankful.
Good Internal communications can help to build employee engagement, proper training, grow teamwork and achieve company goals.
While the clear majority of businesses have put the public of Barbados on notice of pending price increases following the announcement of Budget 2017, Courts Barbados, or Unicomer as it is officially known, has taken the high road and has announced to its customers that it will continue to offer them the best market prices. This means that there will be no immediate price increases at Courts.
I was doing my daily dose of reading this morning of news, current affairs and general topics of interest when suddenly a realization hit me – how short all the stories that I was reading were and the fact that most of them were laid out in point form. Of course, me being a thinker, I immediately started musing of what had accounted for this and the word that kept on recurring was the Internet.
Our subscribers may have noticed that the last couple of PRMR Inc. blogs focused on the general art of communicating to change public behavior. Here, we hone in on the specific example of healthy promotion offering you three ways to promote healthy lifestyles to influence public behavior change: