Week in Review: Turning up the heat

It’s technically just over a month into spring, but it feels like summer already down south. This weekend is set to be a scorcher in Williamsburg. The downside—we have to turn our AC on a week after we stopped turning our heat on at night. The upside—we’re going to have some great beach weather, and the summer crowds haven’t hit Virginia Beach yet. So with temps hitting the mid-90s this weekend, we’re packing up our beach buggy cart (yep, we got one, and I regret … Read more…

What Aretha Teaches Us About Media Relations

Every once in a while, something appears on the internet that reminds me how grateful I am for this complex series of tubes. Without it, I might never have stumbled across a tale of intrigue, rivalry, and sending of shade via fax. So of course I instantly sent the link to nearly everyone I know. And now, I share it with you, dear reader. Not because it’s hilarious, though it is. Not because it’s a fascinating glimpse into the rivalry between two soul legends, though … Read more…

Quick Hit: Want to Nail an Interview? Listen to This Sheryl Sandberg Piece on NPR

While she has her critics, Sheryl Sandberg nailed this interview on NPR’s All Things Considered yesterday. The Facebook executive, mother of two and author of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead lost her husband two years ago. She is back with a new book and a new initiative to help people who are grieving. In this interview she opens up, and she is honest. She says, “Want to silence a room?” Get diagnosed with cancer, lose a child, get fired. People don’t … Read more…

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…