Day two of my plan to help define public relations requires a PR roster where I give credit once to everyone at the same time. (I apologize now for missing anyone); what I’ve attempted here is to identify those with whom I’ve had recent engagement whether it be blogs, comments, RTs, emails, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., and the like, specifically about defining public relations.
Doing it this way frees me up to take words from everywhere/everyone and mash up. No one can take ownership; everyone contributes. No one is completely satisfied, yet everyone contributes. Anyone can participate, anyone can vote, anyone can ignore this entire exercise, and anyone can get on board in support of improving the image of public relations. The common thread is EVERYONE IS INVITED.
Since I’ve embarked on this journey with no real end but a destination in mind, I’ve been introduced to PR practitioners from all corners of the world. My friends to the North in Canada are highly interested and committed to improving the image and “brand” (if you will) of public relations. I just got a link to a PR e-report by Craig Pearce in Australia written by Judy Gombita on her blog PR Conversations.
Lea Werthman, APR, accredited by the Canadian Public Relations Society, just stopped by yesterday to share her group’s definition of public relations, and Danielle Kelly also a new colleague from Canada is highly supportive of this exercise, my posts and the broader conversation. Danny Brown, a Scotsman living in Canada and a man I hold in the highest esteem, is more than just a PR person yet keeps his affinity for the profession at the forefront of the work he does. Elissa Freeman, who tweets @ElissaPR, hails from Toronto and adds value to the conversation.
In Sweden, Jon Buscall is a dear friend and colleague. His thriving public relations (and more) business, Jontus Media, takes him to all corners of the European Union. Jody Koehler represents public relations in The Netherlands and publishes a daily Paper.Li on PR; his coverage of the profession is widespread and not exclusive to the EU. In England, Sharon Cain, of Quest Public Relations, invited my guest blog, “PR Is Taking a Beating, Why Is That?” and it was a passionate, heat of the moment piece written in the height of the Hamptons‘ debacle. Petya Georgieva, of Bulgaria, is the first to tweet and respond before I awake each day. In France, John Falchetto is an expat life coach helping entrepreneurs and hopefully educating them about the value of public relations.
In India, Gautam Mahtani and Melissa Arulappan are two newly introduced colleagues grappling with their own public relations image crisis in their country.
And, in the U.S. in my Twitter backyard, there’s a healthy stream of PR peeps I’m meeting each day who contribute so much to my own professionalism with healthy debate, chuckles, intelligent banter, and more. Foremost, I need to identify and thank Gini Dietrich, CEO of Arment Dietrich and the highly engaging Spin Sucks blog, for her support, RTs and sharing of her followers with me.
Jenn Whinnem, who launched this journey for me with her guest post (the link is above on the word “Hamptons”) in re the restaurateur who called our entire industry crazy, provides a great sounding board for me as she insists she’s NOT in public relations (because she does employee communications), and I insist she is. Alongside and always supportive is Davina Brewer of 3 Hats Communications who lends great insight and ‘raderie. My dearest colleagues from Chicago and Publicity Club of Chicago days include Christine Esposito of Terracom Chicago (please like her Facebook page) and Michelle Hellyar of Hellyar Marketing Communications.
I’ve been recently introduced, and gratefully so, to an entirely passionate and connected group of PR people each committed to addressing this issue. I’m going to mention many and try not to leave anyone out (I apologize):
- Keith Trivitt, associate director of PRSA national and part of the PR Breakfast Club gang
- Shonali Burke, an accredited business woman and PR practitioner with a highly credible following
- Erica M. Allison who blogs at Allison Development Group
- Ray Andrews of Bristol Harbor Software who brings an amazing perspective on life, technology, public relations, and the pursuit of happiness.
- Taqiyyah Shakirah Dawud who lends wonderful comments on all blog topics
- Beatriz Alemar who tweets @balemar and I appreciate our conversation
- Rebecca Neufeld of Edelman Financial PR, one of the early adopters on this journey
- Jarett Quintana is a publicist and musician
- Patty Swisher, who writes amazing guest blog posts and commentary from her vantage point in an architectural firm; follow her @pmswish
- Craig Hayes
- Kailas Simha who tweets @VoyageofThought is a new favorite supporter in the stream
- Mary Deming Baber
- Frank Strong who is exploring these issues on his blog of late, Sword and The Script
- Rachael Seda
- Maureen Blandford
- Lara McCulloch who tweets here @Ready2Spark
- Kathie Manchester, with Rhode Island Blood Center, has great insight on this topic, and I appreciate
- Heidi Cohen who wrote on March 8, 2011 “31 Public Relations Definitions” and provides an entire new list of practitioners who contribute to our profession
If I have your links wrong, or you’d like a different hyperlink associated to you, please advise, and I’ll update. Add a comment here or please tweet me @Soulati. Again, my apologies for missing anyone, getting names spelled incorrectly, or having broken links. Will gladly update!
Next Post: The PR Definition Mash Up (scheduled for Thursday)