14 Lessons Learned to Make You a Better Leader

Note: This is not a leadership blog, per se. However (comma) we often write for people who must consider aspects of leadership – and followership – in much of what they do: organizational spokespeople, government public affairs specialists, regional incident management team public information officers, emergency managers, corporate communications professionals, public relations practitioners, university mass […]

Steal This Blog Post: The Crisis Communicator Complete Master Works

We turned four this week! Well, the blog turned four – “we” turn a decidedly larger number Saturday (which means you still have time to order something online and have it sent to me with express shipping. My favorite color is orange.). OK, enough of that. I’m here to commemorate the 4th Anniversary (birthday?) of […]

Podcast: Public Information for Hurricanes Harvey and Maria

Finally. As in, *finally* Thomas McKenzie’s and my schedules lined-up so we could talk about his back-to-back public information officer deployments for Hurricane Harvey, in Texas, and Hurricane Maria, in Puerto Rico, which I teased to you all last month here on the blog. Thomas and I spent a few minutes here (~28) talking about what […]

Characteristics of Personal Messages vs. Staff-Written Messages

Friend, colleague and fellow professional communicator Chris Evanson sent me a note the other day with the suggestion for this piece – the importance of sometimes fighting the urge to use a staff-written statement to communicate with highly concerned people during times of crisis or emergency. Whether it’s delivered in writing, via media interview or […]

Public Information Officer Hurricane Response Lessons Learned

A couple of months ago Thomas McKenzie – friend, colleague and frequent contributor here – and I were kicking around ideas for adding a podcast element to this blog. Days later he was deployed to Houston, then Corpus Christi for about three weeks of Hurricane Harvey incident response work. During and after that deployment we […]

Preparation Accounts for 90 Percent of Crisis Communication Success*

When Paul and I worked federal government communicator jobs, we had to be very careful not to endorse (or condemn!) organizations and products. Drilled into us. Became habit not to do so. Objectivity at all times, no opinion – just the facts – with our public-facing spokesmen personas. We’re not federal communicators anymore, so we’re […]