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April 04, 2017 / 0 COMMENT(S)

How To Share Your Press Release

So you’ve written a press release. Now what? Press releases don’t do you any good unless you share them with all sorts of people. Before you send the press release anywhere, make sure you’ve written it well and had someone proof read it for you. Once it’s compellingly written and error free, it’s ready to publish. Time to share […]

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March 20, 2017 / 0 COMMENT(S)

Annual Reports — Keep the Content Readable

Annual reports come in many shapes and sizes, from formal reports with dozens of pages to friendly updates designed with brochure-like brevity. Of course, it’s best if you communicate more than once a year, but by publishing an annual report, you can be sure to share the highlights of your accomplishments with stakeholders and potential clients at least once […]

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March 02, 2017 / 0 COMMENT(S)

Exaggeration Weakens Your Argument, Unless You Exaggerate With Gusto

When we feel strongly about something or we’re deeply invested in getting someone’s attention, many of us fall into the exaggeration trap: we overstate our case. We use absolutes like “always” or “never.” We reach for superlatives like “best” or “worst.” When we do this, we weaken our argument. For discerning listeners, these melodramatic words are like neon […]

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February 13, 2017 / 0 COMMENT(S)

Delicate Communication is Best Done in Person

In this busy world, many of us depend on emails, texts, social media posts, and other electronic communication to share our views and communicate with clients, colleagues, and employees. The written word is a powerful communication tool, but sometimes a face-to-face conversation is a far better choice. If you need to discuss emotionally charged information, […]

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February 01, 2017 / 1 COMMENT(S)

Establishing Thought Leadership During Political Unrest

When a new president is sworn in and immediately begins changing the country’s direction on health care, education, immigration, economics, and other issues that impact people’s day-to-day lives, leaders have an opportunity to establish themselves as thought leaders. You may have information that can help people make sense of it all, or at least put […]

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January 24, 2017 / 0 COMMENT(S)

Self-Promotion: How to Be Less Awkward

Isn’t it amazing how easy it is to promote services and products you believe in, and yet, feel completely awkward promoting your own work? The first thing to understand is that this is completely normal. The second thing to do is take action to overcome the awkwardness and promote yourself like a star. Before you […]

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January 19, 2017 / 0 COMMENT(S)

The Importance of Closing the Loop

When people ask for my help with communication, they often begin by asking how to broadcast their messages. Only after I ask whether they are interested in feedback from their stakeholders do they remember communication is supposed to be a two-way street. As you plan your communication, whether you’re launching a massive marketing campaign or sending an […]

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January 12, 2017 / 0 COMMENT(S)

Avoid Embarrassing Mistakes With These Proofreading Tips

Spelling, grammar, and other writing mistakes tell your audience you either don’t know or don’t care whether you’ve gotten things right. These are not good messages. In today’s busy world, many of us feel like we need to proofread our work right after we write it (if we proofread at all). This is a tall order for […]

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January 05, 2017 / 0 COMMENT(S)

Speak Clearly, If You Speak At All…

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. was poet, among other things, who said, “Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.” I love this quote because it reminds me of the value of people who wait to speak until they have taken in all the information available and decided they have something worthwhile to contribute. […]

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December 31, 2016 / 0 COMMENT(S)

Time to Say Goodbye to 2016, and to Some Bad Writing Habits, Too

In 2016, my favorite high school teacher, Nick Ferentinos, lost his battle with lung cancer. Nick was a teacher who selected the best and brightest students to participate in his journalism program. We thought we knew how to write until our first paper came back with more red ink than we’d ever seen on a page. Though […]

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

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