effective communications

Is Public Relations still relevant today?

As a longstanding public relations (PR) firm, Logos Communications has seen a lot of changes in our business. The very nature of media, media outlets, content, what is news itself, and the 24-hour news cycle, has dramatically affected what we do every day. Those changes often lead to questions from people, “Are press releases still…

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Challenges of networking in a remote world

Networking has its challenges as I’ve written about previously. During this era of virtual meetings, which have flourished during the Covid-19 pandemic, we find ourselves doing more networking than ever by Zoom (or Skype, Facetime, etc.). Despite the advantages these tools have over the telephone (primarily, being able to “see” the other person during the…

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Turn your contact list into the marketing tool it was meant to be

We all have them. Many of us just don’t know what to do with them. We try to organize them, keep them updated, and we certainly try to find ways to utilize them to network, market or communicate. Unfortunately, many of us just aren’t good at it – we struggle even just to collect them,…

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Why we don’t need another numbered list

Much of what we see online (and in print) seems to have been founded on the David Letterman school of “top 10” lists. While some of that approach can be helpful – a quick way to make a point – it seems to be overused these days. So, let me give you some thoughts on…

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Elevating Your Elevator Pitch

Note: This article originally appeared in the September 2020 issue of the Association for Women in Communications monthly newsletter, Communique. It is used here with permission. Interested in learning about AWC? Visit womcom.org We’ve all heard the term “Elevator Pitch,” that 30-second commercial that we provide when we meet new people at business events. That…

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Remote work doesn’t have to feel remote

For 21 years I’ve led a team of what in our pandemic world has been dubbed “remote workers.” I am not a huge fan of that word, since I don’t believe it accurately describes the kind of collaborative work we do. But I do value it as a creative way to deliver great service to…

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What’s in a name, or a subject line?

What was your favorite subject of study in school? English, perhaps or science? Maybe it was math. No matter the subject, we all shared in the excitement of school in one way or another and often found ourselves, especially with college courses, reading the catalog description to try and glean exactly what the course we…

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Know Your Audience

Whether it’s reaching prospects with your sales and marketing messages, communicating with customers or vendors, creating a communications plan, or targeting the media with your press releases, knowing your audience matters. Asking some questions upfront will help you do a better job of reaching the right audience with your message. Who do we want to…

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Questions, anyone?

Questions. So many careers depend on them: sales people, doctors, nurses, teachers, journalists, attorneys — the list goes on and on. I’ve written before about the importance of asking questions. As professional communicators, my team and I find that our work often depends on questions. When speaking to a reporter who wants to contact a…

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Speak the Same Language

Everyone has had difficulty communicating with someone. In those moments, you may have thought, “Are we speaking the same language?” Whether that literally means the actual language (in the case of perhaps speaking to a person from another country) or being a matter of personal communication style, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t face…

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