Archive for November, 2011

I can’t believe it’s not a word…yet

An article from Ragan’s PR Daily “15 Words You Won’t Believe They Added to the Dictionary” By:
Read more: 15 Words You Won’t Believe They Added to the Dictionary | Cracked.com

Here’s a few of my favorites…

Blamestorming — n. A method of collectively finding one to blame for a mistake no one is willing to confess to.  Often occurs inthe form of a meeting of collegeagues at work, gathered to decide who is to blame for a screw up.

Gaydar — n. A homosexual person’s ability to identify another person as homosexual by interpreting subtle signals conveyed by their appearance, interest, etc.

Grrrl — n. A young woman regarded as independent and strong or aggressive, especially in her attitude to men or in her sexuality.

Threequel — n. The third film, book, event, etc. in a series; a second sequel.

Screenager — n. A person in their teens or twenties who has an aptitude for computers and the Internet.

Cyberslacking — v. Spending one’s employer’s Internet and email facilities for personal activities during working hours.

This cracked me up. I can’t believe these words made it in the dictionary. Way to go generation Y…Now I’m convinced that I can literally make up my own words and if people catch on to it, there’s a good chance it may become a real word.  I think it will be hard for now on to figure out what is really a word and what is not. LOL…

LOL

Spelled [el-oh-el or, often, lol]

laughing out loud; laugh out loud: used as a response to something funny or as a follow-up to something said only as a joke.

To Smiley or Not to Smiley…

I just read an article in Ragan’s PR Daily website posing the question of whether or not smiley faces are to be considered appropriate for the workplace. Although I include smilies in my text messages, facebook, and personal emails, I am a little hesitant to say I also think it’s appropriate in a work invironment. However, it is all relative.  In an email to anyone higher up than me, I would refrain from using smilies because of the respect factor. One of my equal counterparts, I might be inclined because in that environment you are working together and building different types of relationships with those people than you would your bosses. That’s just my take on it.  What do you think? Leave a comment!

READ: Does the smiley face have a place in the PR workplace?

By Arik Hanson | Posted: November 28, 2011

PRetty Funny!

Just thought it would be fun to read PR jokes. EnJOY!

Social Media Jokes (Lyndit)

Social Media Jokes (Lyndit)

A newly established public relations consultant, wanting to impress the first client coming into his office, picked up the telephone and said, “I’m sorry, but I have a tremendous workload at the moment and I won’t be able to look after your campaign for at least a month.”

He then hung up, turned to the young man in his office and asked, “What can I do for you, sir?”

“Nothing,” replied the young man. “I’m just here to hook up your phone.”

Terms used when writing up performance appraisals for public relations employees and the real meanings of the words:

  • Good Communication Skills – Spends a lot of time chatting on the telephone
  • Average Employee – Is not too bright
  • Exceptionally Well Qualified – Has made no major blunders yet
  • Work is her First Priority – Is too ugly to get a date
  • Active Socially – Drinks a lot
  • Family is Active Socially – Spouse drinks, too
  • Independent Worker – Nobody knows what he is doing
  • Quick Thinking – Offers plausible excuses
  • Careful Thinker – Won’t make a decision
  • Uses Logic on Difficult Assignments – Gets someone else to do them
  • Expresses herself well – Speaks English
  • Meticulous Attention to Detail – Is a nit picker
  • Has Leadership Qualities – Is tall
  • Exceptionally Good Judgement – Is very lucky
  • Keen Sense of Humor – Knows a lot of dirty jokes
  • Career Minded – Is always stabbing colleagues in the back
  • Very Loyal – Can’t get a job anywhere else

Click here for more PR jokes!  http://nickrenton.com/920.htm

Guest Blogger!

This week’s post was written by guest blogger: Johnnie Kirkland

The Man, The Legend — By Johnnie Kirkland

Posted: October 9, 2011 in PR Connections

The passing of Steve Jobs on October 5, 2011 meant that the world of technology will never be the same. The ex-CEO of Macintosh was more than just the co-founder of Apple, he was an innovative and creative genius. He was the brains behind the first personal computer and Ipod. When Jobs wasn’t inventing and creating, he was speaking. Here are some quotes from one of the most amazing men history has had to offer.

Conformity is boring. 
“It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.”

Sweat the small stuff. 
“This is what customers pay us for—to sweat all these details so it’s easy and pleasant for them to use our computers. We’re supposed to be really good at this. That doesn’t mean we don’t listen to customers, but it’s hard for them to tell you what they want when they’ve never seen anything remotely like it.”

Sometimes, focus groups aren’t the answer. 
“For something this complicated, it’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

What it means to be a creative person. 
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.

Can you say this about your workplace? 
“We’re just enthusiastic about what we do.”

Take note, small business owners. 
“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.”

Traditional media remains vital. 
“I don’t want to see us descend into a nation of bloggers. I think we need editorial oversight now more than ever. Anything we can do to help newspapers find new ways of expression that will help them get paid, I am all for.”

Don’t. Settle. 
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

Words to live by. 
“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

Read these quotes and then reread them. These are the ideas and ways of thinking that made Steve Jobs one of the most successful and respected men on the planet.

PR – Nonprofit, Health, and Education

For my Public Relations Applications course we are doing group presentations on each of the chapters in our book THINK Public Relations.  My group is doing Chapter 18: Nonprofit, Health, and Education.

First I want to discuss the role of public relations in nonprofit, health, and education organizations.

Nonprofit organizations AKA not-for profit organizations or charities whose main interest is to serve the public interest.

By definition, they do not distribute monies to shareholders or owners.

They have to raise money to pay for their expenses In the U.S, nearly 2 million of these types of organizations

Approximately 7 million people work for not-for-profits/charities

Here’s a list of types of not-for-profit institutions:

  • Membership organizations
  • Advocacy groups
  • Social service organizations
  • Education organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Health agencies
  • Small city historical societies
  • Global foundations
A huge part of not-for profits is FUND-RAISING
  • highly developed
  • PR professionals may participate directly in fund-raising
  • Goal for fund-raising could be hundreds of small contributors or large corporate gift

Other PR – Related Blogs

This week I am writing about my favorite PR related blogs.  One of my absolute favorite topics is that of nutrition, so I wanted to show you a great blog called nutritionunplugged In her blog, Janet Helm works to help people make sense of nutrition.  She is a writer and registered dietitian and was a Media Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

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On a side note,  how I found this blog was through the nutrition blog network. If you haven’t checked this sight out, it’s awesome. It’s a one-stop-shop for registered dietitians and their blogs.

Nutritionunplugged is a fantastic blog.  There is also an option for people who are interested in food and nutrition for an #RDchat on Twitter.  Her Twitter is JanetHelm Here’s the link: http://twitter.com/#!/janethelm

In her blog Janet posts links to her favorite food blogs as well as nutrition links. Under links, you’ll also find Tools To Analyze Recipes and Foods. Here’s the link: http://nutritiondata.self.com/

One of my favorite articles of hers is Hard to swallow: Nutrition myths.  Here’s the link: http://www.roanoke.com/entertainment/insideout/eat/wb/109415.  In her article