An NPR Interview of Note

Although I was nervous for the discussion, I’m sharing my Montana Public Radio interview on crisis communications in higher education.  I’m pleased the conversation was about the need for truth and transparency- my core crisis beliefs.   Let me know what you think.   Montana Public Radio Clip    

Prepping for an Interview

This may sound goofy, but I dread being interviewed by the media.   I’ve been in public situations where my strengths and weaknesses are on display and I’m at peace with the fact that I’m an administrative and policy wonk at heart.  I am at my best when serving as an advisor, preparing someone for an interview, discussing talking points, roleplaying Q&A and calming their nerves.  I’m not in my element when being asked the questions.   While training a group on a campus I … Read more…

Sometimes You Need to State The Obvious…

Apparently, I’m the last to have fallen in love with these video clips, but I’m sharing them because sometimes there are press conference moments you can make a bit lighter.   Enjoy!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzbhjzsyvGk

Sandusky Trial Ends With A Notice for Institutions

Last night I watched the live coverage of the verdict in the Jerry Sandusky child assault trial.  Of all of the interviews and statements, I was most impressed with Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly including her language intended for colleges and universities.  Watch the following video starting at 9:32 through 10:02.   Remember– institutions have a moral, ethical and legal obligation to do the right thing. Period.

A Digital Revolution on the Horizon?

One of the trends within higher education that has always most interested me is the utilization of online technologies to offer free access to courses and institutional knowledge. Recently, more and more universities have begun to embrace this, and several have done so for some time, such as MIT’s OpenCourseWare offering access to free courses across disciplines, Stanford’s popular Engineering Everywhere and UC Berkeley’s extensive offering of course audio and videos.   If you’re a knowledge junkie like me, this is a great way to … Read more…

Facebook Wisdom Shared

This week I was almost done drafting an article on crisis communications for a higher education magazine when I hit writer’s block.  I decided to take a break by checking my Facebook feed and saw a high school friend posted this picture.  It was exactly what I need to finish my article.  Nothing like Facebook wisdom to jumpstart your creative juices!   I’m always fascinated when we are brought in to provide communications counsel to a higher education president, board or administrator and the first … Read more…

Board Professionals’ Roles in Crisis Communications

It was nice to present to and be among board professionals on Sunday at the Association of Governing Boards’ national conference.  I remember attending that very conference as assistant secretary to the University of Colorado System– I loved having exposure to people with roles similar to mine who understood the challenges and benefits of staffing a board.  That position can sometimes feel lonely and it was nice to talk to peers about their experiences.   During the presentation with Inside Higher Ed’s Paul Fain, I … Read more…

Partnership with United Educators, Upcoming Events

I’ve had a bit of blog block lately, but I’ve been inspired by some exciting news and my upcoming calendar to write a lengthy post.   First, I am truly honored to announce that TVP Communications has partnered with United Educators, the leading provider of risk management and liability insurance to educational institutions, to provide crisis communications coverage to eligible UE members.  We are a pre-approved crisis communications service provider for UE’s member schools, colleges and universities that may require specialized planning and communications services … Read more…

Some of my favorite tweets so far from #12NTC day two

If you read my post from yesterday, you know that the 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference is currently underway—and that we’ve been following along online. Today’s opening plenary featured Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin, the most popular visual-thinking business book of all time. Just like yesterday, I want to share some of the best tweets I’ve seen so far that summarize key points and takeaways from Dan’s session, as well as other insights and information:

How do nonprofits use social networks? Following along with #12ntc online

The 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference, hosted by the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), started today and wraps up on Thursday. If you weren’t able to attend in person, I highly suggest you follow along via an array of different ways. The wealth of knowledge being shared is impressive, and already there have been some great sessions that I’ve been able to follow online.   One newsworthy item that’s come out is the release of Blackbaud, NTEN and Common Knowledge’s fourth annual 2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmark … Read more…