There’s Nothing Wrong with a Little Bit of Swagger

I had the great honor recently of presenting to a group of amazing STEM scientists.  Not just any STEM experts, but women who lead their fields.  I was there on behalf of the Association for Women in Science to talk to them about mining their stories to share with external audiences.  I realized very quickly into my presentation that I hit a nerve with many of them that I don’t hit as often with their male counterparts.   I asked the scientists to share their … Read more…

Thanks for the Memories

I’ve served as a media trainer at CASE conferences for a number of years, but last week I had a very specific honor bestowed upon me—I was able to join a select group of our peers for dinner and rowdy conversation.   Those of you in our field know that the faculty of the Development for Deans and Academic Leaders are an institution in and of themselves.  All four are industry leaders and great story tellers.   The team consists of Don Gray, retired vice … Read more…

Note to Self re. Twitter…

… Have some background knowledge before tweeting.  Otherwise you find yourself apologizing profusely like Ashton Kutcher.   If you didn’t hear, he tweeted: How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye [the University of Iowa football team] fan I find it in poor taste.   Based on the flurry of tweets he received he soon realized he should follow current events more closely.   If you ever type a tweet on the fly be sure to ask yourself “what would Kelso do” … Read more…

The Morning After

Last night I took to social media along with my friends and colleagues to watch the outcome of the Penn State board of trustees meeting.  The results weren’t surprising nor the way in which the situation has gripped America’s attention.   It’s the morning after… where do we go from here?   I’m going to borrow language from a friend in higher education:   For those of us in higher ed, the soul searching may have finally begun. Whether people realize it or not, the … Read more…

Penn State Needs to Step Up

I’m intrigued by the email, IM, Twitter and Facebook conversations I’m having with colleagues this week about the Penn State Football Crisis.  And, of course, I have a few thoughts I’m happy to share.   First, I am outraged that nobody at Penn State has expressed any care, compassion or concern for the alleged victims.  I cannot believe that the university asks families to entrust their children to them and then have no compassion for other members of the community when allegations of abuse arise.  … Read more…

Implementing a Social Media… err… Policy/Guidelines

I was intrigued by last week’s story about Sam Houston State University in which students felt the school’s social media policy limited their free speech. That is… censored their social media postings on campus-related accounts.   The situation in Texas was previewed in a conversation I had with Andy Careaga about a year and a half ago.  He and I were discussing the pros and cons of labeling institutions’ social media do’s and don’ts as “policies” or “guidelines.”   I’m a fan of drafting policies … Read more…

Higher Ed’s Unique Perspective

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to pen three blog entries for PRWeek. It was an honor to write for the outlet, but it was also fun to introduce my peers to the communications issues specific to higher education.   Although best practices transcend sectors, I was intrigued by the emails I received from peers who described higher education as having rules all its own.  With that in mind, I’ve posted hyperlinks to the three pieces below just in case you might benefit from … Read more…

Launching a New Day!

About seven years ago I was introduced to someone who changed my life professionally.  Christopher Simpson met me when I worked at the University of Colorado and was desperate to find communications solutions for my alma mater.  The university was facing turbulent times and with his assistance we started to tell stories on our terms. As a former reporter, Christopher told me he was too lazy to type out all three of my names and he renamed me TVP.  I’ve never gone back. TVP Communications is about … Read more…