On humour in comms and PR, podcasts, Bob Pickard, and books

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Join host Sheelagh Caygill as she explores the obvious - and less obvious - trends and influences in communications, PR, and marketing. Also explored are writing and upping your game as a creator of prose. In this essential listen, she interviews senior comms pros and thought leaders to reveal insights you can incorporate into your work.

While you’re here, listen to this podcast episode with Fiona Fenwick on reputation management.

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June has been a busy month on the content consumption and ideas front so far.

A Q&A with Bob Pickard, leading global PR executive

Finally I got a chance to interview leading global PR executive Bob Pickard! He and I connected a few years ago when I was in Edmonton, but he was so busy the interview idea went onto the back burner. This month, he generously gave his time to answer important questions about how comms and PR pros can manage in this age of economic and political turbulence. It’s a great read – and I can say that because other people have said so!

Bob is highly skilled, a great listener, and a really neat guy. He is interviewed regularly by the media on crisis communications and reputation management. Have a listen to Bob on this episode of the Leadership Podcast and read his blog, too. He’s an essential read/listen for anyone in communications and PR.

Social media and the CEO

Want more? The Social CEO: How Social Media Can Make You a Stronger Leader has a chapter written by Bob – How PR Disasters are Driving CEOs to Embrace Social Media. Edited by Damian Corbet and published by Bloomsbury, it’s due out in August in Europe and a month or so later in North America.

New Books and Publishing section

We added a new Books and Publishing section to Communicate Influence a month or so ago. It’s a logical step, given how many people working in communications and marketing are keen to write books – and read them, too.

Our first interviews in this section include conversations with Fiona Fenwick and Josh Steimle on their own experiences writing and publishing their respective books. In addition, the section features an interview with Toronto book editor Patrick Farrell – and in this piece are great pointers here for anyone who plans on working with a book editor.

Our own book and Publishizer

Erin Ellis (a Vancouver-based friend and journalist) and I have had lots of conversations about our own non-fiction book. (The subject will be revealed in time). It’s slow progress which is frustrating, but that’s sometimes how things are when you work full-time.

With any book, an important question is how you’ll get it published. So it was intriguing to hear that friend Josh Stiemle is getting his second book – 60 Days to LinkedIn Mastery – published via Publishizer. It’s a bit like a crowdfunding platform for books. Josh has already pre-sold 500 copies, and his book is now being pitched to publishers by Publishizer. Erin and I will definitely look into this.

The Ego Podcast

The Toronto Ruckus Digital Ruckus Makers event last Thursday explored comedy in communications and was illuminating and funny! (If you’re interested, the podcast will be at the CMOLab here, soon).

One of the panel members, Dena Jackson, mentioned her podcast, The Ego Podcast. I always check out anything that helps humans find a moment of peace or balance in a noisy world. I’ve only listened to one episode so far, Ten Days of Silence with Leonard Chan and John Mostyn, about the two men spending 10 days at a meditation retreat.

I’ve been to a few retreats (and explored Buddhism, too) so this episode resonated with me. Meditation and mindfulness are extremely powerful and, as John asks, why isn’t everyone doing this? His own story is moving: he struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. Meditation has given this man peace and moments of contentment. What else needs to be said? Only that I’m looking forward to listening to more episodes of this new discovery soon! Find it here or on your own podcast app.

Communicate Influence Patreon Page

Our Patreon page for this site is almost ready to go. I just need to record a video introduction and will get around to that in the next week or two. I sure hope readers check it out and see what extras we plan to include for patrons.

13 Minutes To The Moon

Outside of professional interests, I listened to 13 Minutes To The Moon – a podcast on the story about the people who made the moon landing possible. It’s a blend of new interviews, archive recordings, and commentary, and it’s an exciting listen from the BBC World Service. I didn’t hear much new, given that I’ve read and watched so much about NASA’s journey to the moon, but I definitely recommend it.

We’ll be back next month with new recommendations. In the meantime, share your own suggestions in the comments below. Thanks!

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