Fact Gathering Specialists – The Nuance of Information Collection

I was recently invited to coach and evaluate the workings of a Joint Information Center (JIC) at a large-scale exercise in a magical Southern land where it’s always sunny, the food is beyond amazing and each sip of Cuban espresso is like the “quickening” scene from the first Highlander movie. Here’s what I observed about […]

PIO Tips for “Staying Frosty” During Disaster Response

I’ve written on this subject in the past but with Hurricane Matthew being nigh and many of my former public information officer colleagues setting up in its path (or waiting for the call to do so,) I thought I’d re-rack a version of a post I wrote two years ago about some of the intangible lessons I […]

Denying Your Organization’s Issues Can Lead to Crisis

Paul wrote about the difference between issues and emergencies in one part of our Crisis Comms 101 series, and he defined issues because they’re, “… a ‘base element’ (which are) the fertile ground from which crises grow.” If your organization has unresolved issues that are the source of concern, confusion or anger amongst your stakeholders, one of […]

Four characteristics of effective messages

Happy Monday! We’re continuing our countdown of the Top 10 Most Read Pieces of 2015, and we’re halfway to number 1. Coming in at #5 is this piece Paul published almost a year ago, which has been a regular landing spot since then for people visiting the blog. Probably because it’s really good. Enjoy, and […]

How to Open Your House

We’re in the midst of counting down the blog’s greatest hits, with the Top 10 Most Read Pieces of 2015. We’ve got a thing for conducting productive community relations during crises, so it’s nice to see that this entry from guest blogger extraordinaire Mariana O’Leary was well-received when we published it a few months ago. […]

The Empathy Message: Say it Like You Mean it

With all the practices and pitfalls of communicating during crisis, few things are more fundamentally important to effective communication than expressing sincere empathy to those affected. Yet somehow genuine expressions of empathy during crisis and critical incidents are rare. Don’t get me wrong, I see and hear no shortage of canned, cliché, box-checking statements but […]