Thursday, November 14, 2013
Introducing “FIR presents Linked Conversations with Chuck Hester”
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 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.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Inside PR joins the FIR Podcast Network
In 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 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 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 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.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Introducing “FIR presents AllthingsIC with Rachel Miller”
Who 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.
I’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: www.allthingsic.com.
I’m on Twitter: @AllthingsIC.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Take the FIR Listener Survey
If you’re a regular listener of The Hobson and Holtz Report podcast - the weekly anchor show in the FIR Podcast Network - we want to know what you think of the show.
To this end, we’ve just published the FIR Listener Survey 2013 and invite you to share your thoughts and opinions about the show: topics, discussions, reports, sponsors, overall content, and more.
The survey is open now and will close at 8am on Wednesday October 23, 2013, in just over a week’s time.
There are 40 questions, the majority of which are buttons and checkboxes to click, although there are plenty of opportunities for you to say what you think as well. It should take you 20 minutes or less.
Scan the QR code you see here to go there right now.
The last time we published the results of a listener survey was in 2009. I bet much has changed in four years, in terms of what listeners’ like and what they don’t, and what you want from FIR in the future.
Not only that, we’re evolving FIR and the family of podcasts that collectively now make up the FIR Podcast Network, an embryonic network that we have big plans for.
Hence a new survey to find out thinking from the people who matter to us - our listeners.
We will announce an initial results overview on FIR after the October 23 closing deadline; and we’ll publish detailed information about the results on the FIR website as well as a deck on Slideshare as we did last time.
Thanks for participating. We look forward to hearing what you think.
- Expanding the FIR Podcast Network
- The influence of the global FIR community - results from the 2009 FIR listener survey
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Introducing “FIR On Strategy with Andrea Vascellari”
By Andrea Vascellari, Host of "FIR On Strategy with Andrea Vascellari."
Every week, the For Immediate Release podcast brings us news, commentary and case studies about organizations and new emerging communication technologies - who’s doing it well and who isn’t.
This is actually why we all listen to the show, to learn more about "when" and "how" to use these technologies in our communication plans.
I’m here to introduce you to "FIR On Strategy with Andrea Vascellari", a new podcast in the For Immediate Release podcast network, that offers you guidelines and tips to help you plan, execute and manage your strategic communication plans.
I’ll be hosting the new podcast. The first episode will be published here on Thursday September 26, 2013.
Having worked in communications for a while now, I spent a lot of time studying, piloting and learning from many different communication plans. I understood what works, what doesn’t, where digital fits into the current mix and I understood which are the elements of a plan that are, almost constantly, overlooked by organizations.
Eventually over the years I developed, and kept improving, an adaptive strategy framework that helped me planning, executing and managing online communication plans more effectively and efficiently. With "FIR On Strategy" we will explore this framework.
Each episode of "FIR On Strategy" is dedicated to understand how the framework is structured and how it functions. You will learn how to avoid getting caught up in the digital hype that every day hits you, and your organization, with new solutions and focus on what can actually help you achieve your objectives.
With each episode I also release a post on my blog that includes an accurate description of what I’m sharing with you in the podcast.
So if you feel a bit lost, if you are new to this, or if the topics seem to be too complicated, don’t worry. You can take your time and listen to the show while you follow the post that I have already prepared for you. This will also save you time because you don’t need to take notes or write down everything I say in each episode: I already did it for you.
On "FIR On Strategy" I share my point of view but I want to hear also what you think, what you agree or disagree with, what’s missing or what can be changed. This is a good opportunity to learn from each other and to grow together.
I hope you will enjoy the show! Look out for episode 1 on Thursday September 26.
Hear Andrea introduce "FIR On Strategy":
Andrea Vascellari is an award-winning digital marketing consultant and keynote speaker in the online communications industry.
With over 10 years of professional experience and a deep understanding of marketing and communications, including public and media relations, Andrea helps his clients integrate new technologies and social media communication into their organizations by building dynamic relationships with shareholders and other key audiences.
He has worked with independent professionals, Fortune 100 companies, mid-sized companies, as well as with non-profit organizations across a broad spectrum of industries including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, government, education, technology, and consumer electronics.
Recognized as one of the leading early adopters, thought leaders and influencers in social media communication, Andrea has directed executive education programs, lectured at academic institutions and delivered keynote speeches internationally.
Connect with Andrea on Twitter: @vascellari.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Share your questions for Donna Papacosta’s interview with Neville and Shel on FIR 700
We have something special in store as part of the milestone 700th episode of For Immediate Release, the first and longest-running communications-focused podcast. Donna Papacosta—a regular contributor to FIR and a skilled podcaster in her own right—will interview co-hosts Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz on their own backgrounds. Here’s Donna explaining the whole idea:
Thanks to longtime listener Max Christian Hansen for the idea. According to Max, he was inspired by the conversation correspondents Michael Netzley and Dan York had in episode 697. “We heard some history of his professional and personal interests,” Max writes. “It’s occurred to some of us that we’d like gain similar insight into our hosts.”
Episode 700 on April 22 will also include our usual collection of timely news items and discussions of trending themes in communications, business and technology.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Andrea Weckerle will answer your questions at FIR’s April 5 Book Club session
Andrea Weckerle, author of Civility in the Digital Age, is set to take your questions during FIR’s next Book Club, which Book Review Editor Bob LeDrew will host:
12 p.m. EDT, 9 a.m. PDT, 11 a.m. CDT, 5 p.m. GMT
Andrea is also the founder and president of CiviliNation, a non-profit organization established to take a stand against against online hostility, character assassination and adult cyberbullying. LeDrew’s review of Civility in the Digital Age was posted to FIR last week. Andrea also appeared in an FIR interview in January 2010 to discuss CiviliNation.
Andrea is an attorney licensed to practice law in Washington D.C. and New Jersey. She earned her Juris Doctor at T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, where she also served on the Senior Staff of the Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, the first exclusively online, student-edited law journal in the U.S. In addition to her law degree, she underwent extensive mediation training, earning certificates in Commercial Mediation, Conflict Resolution Processes, and Healthcare Mediation. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Communications/Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.
After law school, Andrea worked within the Legal Management Services division of an international professional services firm, where she helped design, develop and implement comprehensive alternative dispute resolution systems for Fortune 500 companies. During her tenure at the firm, she also served on the international team of a high-profile, politically sensitive investigatory review of World War II-era banking records for two international financial institutions and a U.S. state regulatory agency. Before founding CiviliNation, she ran her own boutique communications consultancy and worked with nationally-recognized agencies, where her experience included legal and corporate communications, as well as online communications and social media.
Andrea lived in Pakistan, Madagascar, Germany and the United States while growing up and now resides in the United States. She is bilingual in English and German.
Join Andrea for a lively chat with FIR Book Review Editor Bob LeDrew and participate in the conversation! Details are on the TalkShoe Book Club site.