Week in Review: Rolling in Green

Now that we’ve had some rain and warm weather, my vegetable garden is starting to take off. All but one bed has been planted, and we’ve been harvesting spring greens like arugula, lettuce, kale, and spinach. My daughter really enjoys gardening so far (mostly digging in the dirt and sloshing water all over, so I see the appeal), especially now that she can eat from it. When she’s outside, I catch her tearing greens from their stems and shoving them into her mouth before I … Read more…

M.B.A. Lessons at The Dinner Table

My husband is currently working on his M.B.A. (Only two more classes until he is done!!) He is in the insurance industry and some of his classes are more interesting to me than others—supply chain management (not so much), business communication (totally my jam). He recently took a class on critical thinking and decision making this semester, which captivated me (not so much my six-year-old) at the dinner table. Part of the class focused on how people have a dominant side of the brain. Right-sided … Read more…

Quick Hit: Slacker Status

I know I’ve written several adoring posts about Slack already, but they keep making awesome updates, so I’m going to keep writing fan letters. Last week, the “What’s New” gift icon was lit up, which meant that my day was about to get more interesting. Presenting, status updates! Despite initially reminding me of teenage AIM away messages filled with emotional ramblings and song lyrics, the status updates are quite helpful, actually. We have a dedicated channel for agency business, and I typically drop my status … Read more…

Week in Review: Egg Hunt Practice

This past week, my daughter participated in her first two Easter egg hunts, one that my mom’s neighborhood association hosts and one at daycare. The first one was pretty cutthroat. Lucy’s group was kids aged four and under, and those four-year-olds really wanted the candy. At daycare, Lucy put her practice to good use and totally dominated the egg hunt against kids closer in age to her. And, she even shared her winnings with the kids left in her dust—after checking to see if there … Read more…

Bursting Your Bubble (In a Good Way)

As Teresa has pointed out in the past, social media can sometimes narrow our perspectives and reduce our interactions with views that may not exactly line up with our own. But with so many options available to find information, it can be challenging to navigate how to source news from a different angle. So, I’ve been keeping my eye on different opportunities to do just that—to move beyond my social media bubble and go-to news sources in a legitimate way and to see what else … Read more…

What Is So Hard About “I’m sorry. We were wrong. We can do better.”?

There are a couple of elephants in the room this week for every PR professional across the country. The first is the need for and art of delivering apologies. And the second is finding a way to get senior leaders to issue those apologies when warranted. A couple of years ago I wrote a blog post on the topic of apologies and included what I thought was a strong (and necessary) apology. My advice still stands for addressing that first elephant in the room: My … Read more…

Week in Review: Where’s My Name Badge?

In the last 10 days, I’ve attended three conferences, worn three name badges, and given three presentations. It’s funny to me that when I joined TVP Communications almost three and a half years ago, public speaking was a source of sheer terror for me. Now, if you give me 30 minutes and a lavaliere microphone, I don’t bat an eye at taking the stage. Of course, it always helps when I’m joined by great colleagues, as I was at each of my three recent presentations. … Read more…

Thinking Long-term About a Good News Moment

I was recently having dinner with my colleague, Terry Flannery, and while we caught up she said something that made me pause. Terry is vice president for communications at American University in Washington, DC, and she mentioned that her office had developed a video marking the retirement of President Neil Kerwin that is being rolled out to alumni. In the video, she and her creative team used his inauguration speech as the narrative to weave together campus successes. Her actions reminded me of a principle … Read more…

Quick Hit: Random Thoughts on Four Years at TVP Comms

Four years ago this week, I signed my offer letter from TVP Communications. I became an official member of the staff about a week after that and have never looked back. It’s hard to sum up four years in a comprehensive way in a “Quick Hit,” but below, I’ve shared a few random observations and memories in no particular order: Slack, a tool we are extremely reliant on as a virtual office, was still months away from its “preview release.” It’s such an integral part … Read more…

Week in Review: Adventures in Wallpapering

We’re in the middle of a DIY project to install a built-in bookshelf in our living room, and like any DIY project, it’s more time-consuming than I thought it would be. But I’m happy to report that we’re making progress. I decided to wallpaper the wall behind the shelf for a subtle pop of pattern (Julia Rothman’s Daydream in French Blue), and I’m in love—it’s beautiful. I’m actually kind of sad that it’s going to be mostly covered up. It was stressful to hang (especially … Read more…