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July 30, 2019 / 0 COMMENT(S)

When E.F. Hutton Talks, People Listen — How to Build a Solid Reputation

Years ago, there was an advertising campaign by the brokerage firm E.F. Hutton. It went like this. Two guys were discussing their stock portfolios. One would say, “My broker says this is a good buy.” And the other would say, “Well, my broker is E.F. Hutton, and E.F. Hutton says…” At this point, the camera […]

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June 25, 2019 / 0 COMMENT(S)

Why “Compromise” Isn’t a Dirty Word

As politicians reach for the outer edges of their respective parties, the ones who compromise are being labeled as sell-outs rather than pragmatists, leaving those of us in the political center without much hope for reasonable leadership. And it isn’t just in politics, the art of compromise seems to be disappearing in boardrooms, town halls, […]

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May 30, 2019 / 0 COMMENT(S)

Get Your Press Release Published

Every week, I read a magazine called The Week. It’s a fairly balanced summary of the week’s news. I read it in order of my favorite sections: Good Week/Bad Week, It Must Be True I Read It In the Tabloids, It Wasn’t All Bad, and of course, the summary of American and international news and […]

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April 16, 2019 / 0 COMMENT(S)

Hire a Freelance Writer to Help You Strut Your Stuff: Community Benefit Reports

If your organization is a non-profit or a B-Corp, then every year or so you need to write a report that demonstrates how you’ve contributed to making the world a better place. Hiring a freelance writer to write this report can benefit you in two ways. First, you get an objective outsider who can write […]

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March 29, 2019 / 0 COMMENT(S)

Designing Reports So People Want To Read Them

In this era of sound bites and social media posts, people aren’t used to slogging through long reports. Unfortunately, information doesn’t always fit in a tweet. If you must present a multi-page report, help your audience by using the following elements: Table of contents (for reports longer than 10 pages long) Executive summary (for reports […]

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February 19, 2019 / 0 COMMENT(S)

Try to Avoid Dumb “S.M.A.R.T.” Goals

Without goals, you have no way to answer the all-important question, “Are we there yet?” Goals help employees coordinate their efforts, so everyone is rowing in the same direction. Goals help team members understand how they fit into an organization’s overall purpose, fostering a sense of belonging and meaning at work. Goals also provide a […]

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January 24, 2019 / 0 COMMENT(S)

Don’t Let Emotion Hijack Your Argument

Disagreements are unavoidable, but if you keep an eye on the prize, stuff a sock in your ego, and help your rational brain overcome your emotional brain, it’s amazing how often you can get what you want.

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November 27, 2018 / 0 COMMENT(S)

The Importance of Bringing Your Values to Work

I’ve been thinking a lot about how organizations can make it easier for employees (and potential employees) to know whether their values align with company values. B Corps: A Force for Good I’m working on a project for B Lab, an organization that provides a rigorous certification process for companies that want to become part […]

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October 30, 2018 / 0 COMMENT(S)

Why Websites are Important, Even if No One Sees Them

It would be great if we could personally meet with each and every prospective client and share all the reasons they should choose our product or service, but unless you have really limited ambitions (e.g., your entire target audience consists of your three best friends), that’s not too practical. So, you need a way to communicate […]

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September 18, 2018 / 0 COMMENT(S)

Getting Everyone On Board

How many times has a new initiative born in the executive office fizzled once it hit the ground because employees couldn’t get behind it? Sadly, this is pretty darn common. Each person is motivated by different concerns and values, and if a company doesn’t take the time to build consensus within its ranks, new initiatives can […]

Jendi is a public relations consultant and blogger who lives in Northern California with her husband and teenage sons.

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