Friday, December 29, 2017

Our top 10 social media & communications posts for 2017

This year, a lot of assumptions about how we should do professional communications got kicked to the curb, or at least upended. So it's been a year readjusting your strategies and rethinking your approaches. And that's reflected in this year's top 10 most-read posts. From fake news to federal social media policy, there's plenty to review in our end of the year roundup:
  1. 12 lessons, 12 years in on the DGC blog shared my lessons from a dozen years producing this blog.
  2. 4 communications lessons you can learn from anti-Trump protesters proves that the resistance has plenty of smart tactics up its sleeve.
  3. Before you become a Trump piñata, understand his tweets, speaking is a look at how the president uses language, and how to frame your messages effectively in this climate.
  4. Should we ditch analogies to explain science--or just use sparingly? Analogies are well-worn tools in describing science, but this cautionary tale suggests we may need to look for new ground.
  5. Have you ignored federal guidance on your social media policy? You may be surprised at this trio of federal rules about social media policy, since some of the things in your own policies are likely to be urban
  6. Using a blog hiatus to, well, blog shared how I made the most of a blog hiatus to populate my blogs for the rest of the year
  7. Why is storytelling about failure so compelling? gets at some of the magic that happens when you tell a story where you're not the perfect hero.
  8. Why "tip more, pitch less" also works for freelance media coverage shares a journalist' s point of view on my favorite way to suggest stories to reporters.
  9. Finding better comms pro development, & tucking it into your schedule offers a few ideas about searching for more challenging training that actually fits into your schedule.
  10. Public trust, rumor-fighting, and fake news: What comms pros can do shares new research and thinking about effective ways to battle this confusing communication landscape
Don't get caught unprepared, speechless, or without a message, but do catch me on Twitter, on Google+, and on the don't get caught page on Facebook--all great places to add your comments to the discussion. Subscribe to my monthly newsletter, Speakers & Communicators, to make sure you don't miss a thing on my blogs and get the first news about new workshops and projects.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Losing my voice: About the blog hiatus

I announced on November 3 that this blog would be on hiatus until the end of the year. And in truth, I was planning to take a hiatus for the month of December, anyway. But starting back in August, I found myself in and out of the hospital, first with a mystery disease that couldn't be diagnosed; then a diagnosis of lymphoma, a type of blood cancer; and then, just as I was about to start treatment for, the cancer, I developed Guillain–Barré syndrome, which paralyzed my hands and feet and parts of my arms and legs. As part of the treatment for that, I was put on a breathing tube and later had a tracheotomy – two things that, at times, rendered me speechless and unable to use my voice. And since my hands are such a big part of creating my online voice, it made sense to silence the blog while they were inoperable. Even now, I'm using dictation software to write this post.

One of the great miracles about Guillain–Barré syndrome is that it is reversible, going back the way it came, so my hands and feet, which were the first to be affected, will be the last to recover. I can't tell you how grateful I am to be able to recover my actual speaking voice, and to have the prospect of recovering all my other functions, particularly my hands.

I'm currently in rehab, working on physical therapy and work projects, but I want to get the blog going for 2018. So this week, you'll get our roundup of the most-read posts on the blog in 2017.

I'm sure will have some fits and starts getting the blog up and running again, and I appreciate your patience with that process. I hope in the comments thread on this particular post so that you can share your thoughts about where you would like to see the blog go in 2018. Thanks as always for reading!

Don't get caught unprepared, speechless, or without a message, but do catch me on Twitter, on Google+, and on the don't get caught page on Facebook--all great places to add your comments to the discussion. Subscribe to my monthly newsletter, Speakers & Communicators, to make sure you don't miss a thing on my blogs and get the first news about new workshops and projects.