Why I’m Hesitant About Moving My Blog to Medium

I’ve been thinking about blogging on Medium—it seems to be the cool new thing for “thought leaders” to do. It may be the most common topic for articles written on Medium (both about the site and literally on Medium). It seems every other article on Medium is about Medium—why you should move your blog there, why the […]

Why I Removed the Disclaimer from my Twitter Profile

I used to include a “my views don’t represent my employer” disclaimer in my Twitter profile. I removed it after Scott Stratten made a great point during his talk at the 2014 CPRS National Summit: those disclaimers don’t mean anything. The public will still associate you and your tweets with your employer—especially if you work […]

Shaw TV Interview: #YegOldSchoolTweetup

Shaw TV interviewed me recently, as part of a story about #YegOldSchoolTweetup and the ways social media can be used to connect people offline. I tend to be more of a behind-the-scenes guy, and prefer to put my clients in front of the camera, but it was fun to give the interview and get some […]

That Tweetup in January…

Logistics: an unavoidable reality When I agreed to organize an informal, old school tweetup, I thought it would be easy. After all, it was going to be super informal. No reservations. No RSVPs. All I had to do was write a blog post, pick a venue and send some tweets. I could not have been […]

YEG Old School Tweetup: An Edmonton Tweetup

**NOTE** This post was last updated on January 6, 2014. The headline and some details have changed since it was originally posted. This post explains the changes. Recently, I was talking to Tamara Vineberg on Twitter. Our conversation turned into a rollicking chat involving many members of Edmonton’s Twitter community. What it boiled down to was […]

Networking Tips for Introverts

In a training session for a previous job, I arranged for a colleague to speak on a number of topics, including networking. Toward the end of his talk, he said, “I hope that was helpful. I’m not sure why you asked me to speak about networking since I’m a pretty big introvert.” He was downplaying […]

Moms more social than dads; brands shouldn’t join Ello

Marketing Mag is reporting that moms are more social than dads (and people without children) online. This isn’t exactly world-shattering news, but the fact that they’re most likely to share in the morning but hit the peak of their sharing in the early afternoon is a bit, well, impossible. The time of day moms spend […]

Scripts are for computers; conversations are for people

Too often, we develop scripts for communicating with external publics. Call a help desk and the person on the other end is likely reading from a script. The same is true when you answer a call from a telemarketer. The problem with scripts is that they lack authenticity. I say: toss away the script. Scripts are […]

Building a Portfolio

My practicum with the City of Edmonton is now more than halfway over. It’s been a great experience so far. I’ve had the opportunity to work on more projects, both big and small, than I ever thought would be possible in just two months. I’ve developed and executed a communications plan to promote a public […]

And Now For Something Completely Different

It’s done. The classroom portion of my public relations education is finished. I made it through. We all made it through. No one dropped out or flunked out along the way. With the end of classes comes the start of the practicum. In my case, that also means the end of the job I’ve held […]