Sunday, January 05, 2014

A Collage of FIR Podcast Network Voices

Thanks, Bryan Person, for sharing this!

Bryan Person's Saturday Salute to the FIR Podcast Network

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Introducing “FIR On Technology With Dan York”

The FIR Podcast Network is pleased to announce a new podcast on technology that will begin on December 31, 2013. Presenter Dan York explains…

Future tech

How can communicators best use new tools such as, say, Google+ Hangouts On Air to tell their stories in new ways or to reach new audiences? Are there tips and tricks they should be aware of? What is new in the latest release of WordPress? Why should someone in PR and marketing care about something like IPv6 or HTML5?

I’m Dan York and since 2005 I’ve been providing weekly reports into the For Immediate Release podcast where I’ve looked at questions such as these - what are the changes we are seeing in technology and why should communicators care about these changes.

Now, with the launch of the FIR Podcast Network I’ll be diving into more detail in "FIR On Technology With Dan York". Rather than just a 5-minute report, these periodic podcasts will take 15, 20, 30, 40 minutes or however long it takes to cover the subject.

Since the mid-1980s I’ve been working with online technologies - always with one foot deep in the technology and one foot deep in explaining the technology and using the technology for PR / marketing of various organizations. Today I work for a global non-profit where my task is to help persuade, inform and educate people about how new technologies can make the Internet work better, faster and be more secure.

In FIR On Technology episodes I’ll be bringing you the benefit of the view into both of those worlds - how the technology works and how you can use it - and I’ll be interviewing people who are leaders in their fields. I have no agenda - I’m just here to educate and to learn along the way and share my experiences.

If you have ideas for topics you’d like to hear me cover, I’d love to hear from you. Either leave a message in the FIR Podcast Community on Google+ or contact me directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). FIR On Technology shows can be found at the main website at

Please join me in exploring where the technology behind communications is going!


Hear Dan introduce "FIR On Technology":

About Your Host

Dan YorkDan York focuses on explaining the changes going on all around us within communication technology and practices. An author of multiple books on networking, security, IPv6 and Linux, Dan frequently presents at industry conferences and events and has been blogging and writing online for over 12 years.

Today Dan serves the Internet Society as the Senior Content Strategist focused on the Deploy360 Programme, seeking to help service provides, companies and individuals more quickly deploy Internet technologies such as IPv6 and DNSSEC. Separately, Dan is also the Chairman of the global Voice Over IP Security Alliance (VOIPSA).

Previously Dan worked for Voxeo Corporation heading up the company’s communication through both traditional and new/social media. Prior to that, Dan served in the Office of the CTO for both Voxeo and before that Mitel focused on analyzing/evaluating emerging technology, participating in industry standards bodies and addressing VoIP security issues.

Since the mid-1980s Dan has been working with online communication technologies and helping businesses and organizations understand how to use and participate in those new media.

More information about Dan can be found at and

  • Connect with Dan on Twitter: @danyork.

About The FIR Podcast Network

The FIR Podcast Network is a series of business podcasts founded by Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz. The anchor podcast in the network is The Hobson and Holtz Report, a weekly show presented since January 2005.

For information about FIR, to see show notes for the podcasts and to subscribe, visit You can also subscribe via iTunes and other podcast directories.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Introducing “FIR on Higher Education with Kevin Anselmo”

The FIR Podcast Network is pleased to announce a new podcast on higher education that will begin on December 26, 2013. Presenter Kevin Anselmo explains…

FIR on Higher education

How can academics effectively promote their ideas to general audiences? What are the best ways to teach social media and public relations in the classroom? What is best practice for communicators and marketers within the world of higher education? How will MOOCs and new technology impact the industry?

These are among the questions that we will delve into in my new podcast: FIR on Higher Education, which is part of the For Immediate Release podcast network. Each FIR on Higher Education episode will consist of an interview with a professor, communicator, researcher, administrator or a journalist, among others. I will also look to receive reports from guest contributors (if you are interested, please let me know).

Podcasts have been a tremendous source of learning for me. There are several shows I listen to regularly that are my means to free and on-demand continuing education. At the top of my weekly listening is For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report, a show hosted by two extremely knowledgeable communication professionals: Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson. Their weekly podcast is filled with all the latest news and insights regarding communications. I carefully listen to each episode and follow (and sometimes participate) in discussions that ensue in the FIR Podcast Community on Google+.

Shel and Neville decided to introduce new shows under the FIR name (which is already a very strong brand). In my opinion, this is a brilliant move. By bringing on shows focused on particular niches (such as strategy, internal communications and LinkedIn), the For Immediate Release podcast is extending its reach in a significant way. My goal with FIR on Higher Education is to complement this line-up of communication podcasts by offering a show particularly geared to individuals working within higher education. The industry has its own unique set of communications challenges and opportunities, and I intend to explore these different areas in the podcast.

As host, I will be looking to facilitate interesting discussions. It will be a great learning experience for me to interact and hear the insights of various stakeholders within higher education. If you are a dean, communicator, marketer, academic or administrator within higher education, my aspiration is that this will be a must-listen to show for you.

Shel’s and Neville’s show is brilliant not only for the insights they bring to the table, but because of how they leverage contributors and the overall FIR community. I would like to take a humble attempt to follow in their footsteps and foster a community with FIR on Higher Education. Therefore, if you work within higher education and would like to provide a regular update, please do let me know. In addition, feel free to pitch me stories and initiatives within higher education that you think should be covered.

The first episode of FIR on Higher Education with Kevin Anselmo will be posted on December 26th. Beginning in 2014, I will be publishing two shows per month. I am very excited about hosting this show, and am confident you will enjoy listening.

Look out for episode 1 on the 26th!


About Your Host

Kevin AnselmoKevin Anselmo is the Founder and Principal of Experiential Communications, a consultancy focused on education. He helps brands within academia - whether individual or corporate - communicate with stakeholders. He also teaches communications and public relations workshops to different individuals and groups.

Previously, Kevin was Director of Public Relations for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and prior to that managed the media relations for IMD Business School in Switzerland. In addition, he was an adjunct communications professor at Nyack College in New York.

Currently based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Kevin lived and worked in Switzerland for eight years and in Germany for two years. He has led public relations initiatives in various countries around the world.

About The FIR Podcast Network

The FIR Podcast Network is a series of business podcasts founded by Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz. The anchor podcast in the network is The Hobson and Holtz Report, a weekly show presented since January 2005.

For information about FIR, to see show notes for the podcasts and to subscribe, visit You can also subscribe via iTunes and other podcast directories.

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Introducing “FIR presents Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael”

The FIR Podcast Network is pleased to announce a new podcast focused on thought leadership that will begin later this month. Presenters Mitchell Levy and Michael Procopio explain…

What is a thought leader…

What is a Thought Leader? How do you become a Thought Leader? Why bother; what are the benefits?

You’re in the right place to hear a discussion of the answers to these and other questions about Thought Leadership.

We are excited to be part of the FIR Podcast Network with our new podcast "FIR on Thought Leadership with Mitchell (Levy) and Michael (Procopio)."

Thought Leadership is more important than ever with the customer taking charge of the sales process. Thought Leadership attracts customers and opens the door to many opportunities.

In each podcast we will interview a thought leader or someone involved in thought leadership to tease out how to become an effective thought leader and best practices.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new show on the FIR Podcast Network.

Mitchell and Michael.

About Your Hosts

Mitchell LevyMitchell Levy is the Thought Leader Architect and CEO of THiNKaha® who has created and operated fifteen firms and partnerships since 1997. Today, he works with corporations to turn their experts into recognized thought leaders.

He is an Amazon bestselling author with nineteen business books including #Creating Thought Leaders tweet. Marshall Goldsmith, The Most Influential Leadership Thinker in the World, called his book "The career Bible for thought leaders!"

Mitchell has provided strategic consulting to over one hundred companies, has advised over five hundred CEOs on critical business issues through the CEO networking groups he’s run, and has been Chairman of the Board of a NASDAQ-listed company.

Michael ProcopioMichael Procopio is a Social Media Strategist at Michael Procopio Consulting. A Consultant, Author, and Speaker with a focus on ROI; he is also a member of the Society for New Communications Research with more than 20 years’ marketing experience in marketing.

Michael has experience in high-tech organizations as a business leader, and technology and marketing manager. As a social media strategist he consults with companies from startups to Fortune 1000 on social media and social intelligence.

Previously he managed the overall social media presence and direction at a Fortune 50 company where he demonstrated a 2500+% ROI for a social media activity.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Introducing “FIR presents Linked Conversations with Chuck Hester”

The FIR Podcast Network is pleased to announce a new podcast focused on getting the most from the LinkedIn business network that will begin later this month. Presenter Chuck Hester explains…

LinkedInI’ve known Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson for many years, and have enjoyed hearing - and learning from - For Immediate Release from the beginning.

So, when they suggested that I host a podcast about LinkedIn for the FIR Podcast Network, I was honored.

You see, I’ve been a speaker, author and LinkedIn Maven and Power Connector for more than 7 years, and truly believe in how the platform can change business lives. I’m also a Pay it Forward advocate and use LinkedIn to help others on a regular basis.

During that time, I have used LinkedIn to secure two different corporate jobs, land countless numbers of speaking gigs and meet some of the most interesting people in the world.

For some, LinkedIn is a massive, 240 million person social media network that is both fascinating and intimidating. My goal with the new podcast is to highlight the fascinating and make it less intimidating.

Each week, on FIR’s Linked Conversations, I’ll show you how to use LinkedIn, talk with a guest about their experience in leveraging the platform and bring you a few tips on making the most of the most powerful social business tool on the web.

So join me for Linked Conversations right here on the FIR Podcast Network!


Chuck HesterChuck Hester is a LinkedIn power connector with more than 13,000 direct connections.  He is a sought-after expert on the subject of using LinkedIn for media relations, personal and professional branding, and how to use social media to build business contacts. He’s addressed conferences in Canada, Australia and throughout the United States.

The Chief Connections Officer at Chuck Hester Enterprises, Chuck helps businesses get their stories told through influencer relations, good old fashioned PR strategies and hard work.  He also offers LinkedIn Corporate Boot Camps that help businesses maximize their use of LinkedIn, find and retain customers and enhance their social media footprints.

You can find Chuck on LinkedIn at Follow him on Twitter at @chuckhester.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Inside PR joins the FIR Podcast Network

Inside PRIn April 2006, we were delighted to find a pair of experienced, smart and articulate Canadian communiators had launched a new communications-focused podcast. Inside PR, with Terry Fallis and David Jones—both of whom worked at the time for Thornely Fallis Public Relations in Toronto—took an agency-centric (and uniquely Canadian) approach to their show. They addressed topics such as when to turn down work because of ethical issues, how not to leave an agency, conflicts of interest, PR measurement and a host of other meaty topics, along with operational matters like agency structure and hourly billing practices.

We became avid listeners to Inside PR, and continued to be devoted to listening to the show when, in March 2008, Terry and David (who had by then moved on to a new job) turned the microphone over to Martin Waxman, Keith McArthur and Julie Rusciolelli. The hosting of the show went through a few changes until,—having recorded their 100th show—invited Martin Waxman, Keith McArthur and Julie Rusciolelli to join them as co-hosts. Keith and Julie departed after about a year and Martin continued to host it with Terry and David. Then, in April 2010, Inside PR settled into its current hosting format, with Joe Thornley, Martin Waxman and Gini Dietrich. Still featuring an agency focus, the show covers PR and social media from a more global perspective, but continues to present a rich conversation sprinkled with the occasional interview on-site reporting from PR events, and other insightful content. (Thanks, Martin, for the correction!)

Today, we’re delighted to make it official: Inside PR is joining the FIR Podcast Network.

As Joe Thornley reminded us when we spoke about the possibility of including Inside PR in the FIR family of communications-themed podcasts, The Hobson & Holtz Report was the original inspiration for Dave and Terry when they decided to launch their show. (We were humbled and flattered when we first learned that.) It’s entirely fitting, then, that the shows join forces to expand Inside PR’s reach to FIR listeners, and to introduce FIR’s shows to longtime Inside PR audiences.

The weekly podcast will begin appearing in the FIR Podcast Network in the coming weeks. For those who don’t know the Inside PR hosts, it’s our pleasure to introduce them:

Gini DietrichGini Dietrch is the founder and chief executive officer of Arment Dietrich, Inc., a Chicago-based public relations agency.

The author of Spin Sucks, Gini has delivered numerous keynotes, panel discussions, coaching sessions, and workshops across North America on the subject of using online technology in communication, marketing, sales, and HR.

One of the top rated communication professionals on the social networks, Gini was recently named the number one PR person, according to Klout and TechCrunch, on the channels, and number one on Twitter, according to TweetLevel.

Follow Gini on Twitter: @ginidietrich.

Joe ThornleyJoe Thornley  is CEO of Thornley Fallis and 76design, a company he established in 1995 to provide strategic communications and public relations advice and counsel to senior executives in large public and private sector organizations.  He has more than 25 years of experience providing clients with communications strategies and programs.

Joe has been actively engaged in social media since 2004 when he started exploring wikis, RSS feeds and online communities. He has been blogging at ProPR since 1995.

Joe is a regular speaker, moderator and participant at conferences on public relations, communications and social media. He regularly conducts social media workshops for a variety of organizations. He is the past-chair of the Canadian Council of Public Relations Firms.

Joe holds an Honours B.A. and an M.A. in political science, both from the University of Waterloo.  He completed Ph.D. course work in political science and public administration at Carleton University.

Follow Joe on Twitter at @thornley.

Martin WaxmanMartin Waxman, APR, is a social media and communications strategist, principal of Martin Waxman Commmunications, senior counselor at Thornley Fallis Communications and co-founder of three PR agencies. He has worked in communications and PR for 25 years, and specializes in social media, consumer marketing, product launches, corporate and internal communications, b2b and entertainment.

He writes a blog, myPALETTE.

Martin received his APR from the Canadian Public Relations Society, guest lectures on PR at universities and community colleges and teaches a social media course at McMaster University. He’s currently past president of the CPRS Toronto board of directors and a member of Counselors Academy’s executive committee.  Martin received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in film, television and theatre from York University in Toronto and is the author of two published books of fiction.

Follow Martin on Twitter at @martinwaxman.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Introducing “FIR presents AllthingsIC with Rachel Miller”

The FIR Podcast Network is pleased to announce a new podcast on internal communication that will begin on November 26, 2013. Presenter Rachel Miller explains…

employeegroupsWho is doing what in the world of internal communication? You’re in the right place to find out.

I’m pleased to be joining the For Immediate Release fold with a brand new podcast, "FIR presents AllthingsIC with Rachel Miller."

Every month I will be bringing you the latest news and views from an internal communication perspective.

As a keen listener of FIR over the years, I’ve enjoyed hearing Neville and Shel highlighting some of the good work that’s taking place globally with employees at the core.

My new monthly show will complement the existing podcast by showcasing some of the best in class examples of effective internal communication, and also look at what isn’t working so well and what we can learn from it.

I’ll be sharing practical hints and tips in each episode and looking to see what tools and resources are around for IC pros to access. There are thousands of smart people working in internal communication globally and I’d love to hear your thoughts via the FIR community.

I’ve written a blog on internal communication since 2009, and will write an article to accompany each episode of "FIR presents AllthingsIC with Rachel Miller" so you have all the information from each show to hand and can sit back with a cup of tea and listen rather than feeling like you need to make notes.

Each monthly show will be 20-30 minutes long and the first one will be published on 26 November.

I hope you enjoy the show and I look forward to communicating with you.


Rachel MillerI’m Rachel Miller, MCIPR, PG (Dip). I’m an internal communication and social media strategist who consults, speaks and blogs on all things internal communication.

In 2013 I was named one of the UK’s leading social business influencers, and was a finalist for CIPR Outstanding PR Professional of the Year (People’s Choice).

Since 2009 I’ve written my own blog which led to Econsultancy recognising me in 2012 as one of the Top UK female bloggers. I was named in PR Week’s Top 29 under 29 professional communicators in the UK list (2009).

Every company is different and a one size fits all approach to communication simply doesn’t work. Though my business, All Things IC, I have the pleasure of working alongside companies to help them achieve communication excellence.

Find out more:

I’m on Twitter: @AllthingsIC.

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