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The Best Defense was a Good Offense

When former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel addressed members of the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this year during his confirmation hearing for Secretary of Defense, he used a technique that’s often as effective in communications as it is in football: the best defense is a good offense.

Due Diligence and the News Media

Some years ago (actually several decades ago), this writer was meeting with some communications professionals at a well known, high-tech firm in Dallas. The firm had a full-time position that focused solely on media research. A woman who held that position spent her time monitoring what was being said about the company in the news media.

Eight Success Factors for Co-Presenters

Most likely, at some point in your career you’ve been or will be a co-presenter – one member of a group speaking or presenting at a company meeting, a public meeting or a news conference. Co-presenters face some different challenges than do those who go solo.

Bill Belichick’s Media Snub

NBC sportscaster Al Michaels once said this about New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick: “He’s not exactly the most media friendly guy in the world.” Talk about understatement! Belichick is well known for his uninspiring (translation: boring) media interviews and for mumbling his way through pre-game and post-game press conferences.

Oh No, It’s Annual Shareholders Meeting Season

Picture this cartoon which appeared in the Harvard Business Review: The scene is a company’s annual shareholders meeting. Two executives are seated at a table at the front of an auditorium. A line of shareholders is forming at the microphone for the Q&A portion of the meeting. One executive turns to the other and says, “This is the part of capitalism I hate.”