FTF: Week of Aug. 24, 2018

FTF: Week of Aug. 24, 2018

1. Attention to detail is wildly important. Something as simple as one wrong word can ruin a deal, end your chance at a job opportunity, or put you into hot water with a client, spouse or even your kid. Slow down when you email…

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Saying Farewell to La Prensa de San Antonio

Saying Farewell to La Prensa de San Antonio

I returned from a short vacation to learn that La Prensa de San Antonio has ended its run. What a loss for the city of San Antonio. The Duran family and their staff worked hard to tell positive stories that benefited an often underrepresented community…

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FTF: Week of July 21, 2017

FTF: Week of July 21, 2017

Week of July 21, 2017

 1. Work/life balance is the unicorn everyone is talking about. Those scales will never be even in my heart. But my head knows that each day (or sometimes hour) dictates where my focus needs to be...

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Introducing: Final Thoughts Friday

Introducing: Final Thoughts Friday

I've been terrible about posting consistently. Who has time, right? I've noticed I can find time to write blog posts on Fridays. My brain is DONE by Friday, though. So let's keep it simple. I'm launching a special Friday series where I round up the best lessons the week had to offer. The good, bad and the uggggglllly.

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Eight Ways Graduates Can Prepare for the PR World

Eight Ways Graduates Can Prepare for the PR World

You get the degree; you get the dream job…right?  Any practitioner can tell you it doesn’t work that way. Employers believe that degrees carry weight -- but that's just part of the equation. Learning the theory of public relations and the practice of it can reveal wide gaps.  So how can a new graduate prepare to earn (and keep) a place in the PR world?  Here are eight essential tips that can help you succeed during your first years on the job.

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Five Ways to Increase Your Relationship ROI

Five Ways to Increase Your Relationship ROI

One of the fastest ways to get ahead is learning from others’ lessons. I'm grateful to leaders like Nely Galan who are honest about the decades it took them to become an overnight success. It's a gift when we can avoid pitfalls, work smarter and navigate our career paths in ways that are a little less painful. What inspires someone to be candid and vulnerable enough to share a game-changing story with you? Your relationship.

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3 Words to Fix a "Mad Face"

3 Words to Fix a "Mad Face"

To know me is to know that I'm a mother. I always have some story about my kids that helps illustrate a point in a meeting, builds rapport with a new client or simply breaks the ice at an awkward social gathering. I also tend to develop little sayings -- little phrases that help me illustrate an important message. When I'm lucky, the stars align for my kids to inspire one that helps us all be better people.

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Show Respect by Responding

Show Respect by Responding

I've noticed lately that not responding seems to be the new method many people are using to opt out of simply saying "no".  It used to happen more in my personal life. We've probably all sat on RSVPing to an event at some point in time. Now, it's happening more often in the business world.  Professionals, even professional communicators, are choosing silence as a response.

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