Posted on Feb 28, 2013
An interesting battle is brewing between retired civil servants and the provincial government, and watching how it plays out could be an interesting study in who’s best at communications.
It’s about pending changes to provincial government pensions.
The government is pushing a change from the traditional Defined Benefit plan to its Shared...
Posted on Feb 27, 2013
A while back, when I was promoting one of our media training courses, a person weighed in on Twitter with a comment that was quite misleading. I can’t remember what it was exactly, I think something about how media training teaches people how to avoid answering questions or some such thing.
She was way off base, and while I wasn’t shy about...
Posted on Feb 21, 2013
I can’t count the number of times when, back when I was a journalist, I’d call some company or organization to get their side of the story over something or other, usually because they were being criticized in the public.
It was amazing the number of times the response would be something like – “Look, thanks for calling but we have a policy...
Posted on Feb 17, 2013
Among political junkies, and maybe others, there’s been a bit of a buzz since Terry Seguin’s interview with New Brunswick Liberal leader Brian Gallant on CBC Radio last Friday.
Live interviews are scary things and with good reason. But for a new leader anxious to show New Brunswickers that he’s the real deal, this interview was also an...
Posted on Feb 14, 2013
Has the Alward government turned the corner in the PR fight over fracking?
I have been watching the communications battle over shale gas in New Brunswick since the start, and I must admit I am starting to change my mind over a key part of it.
For the longest time I believed the provincial government blew it beyond repair on the...
Posted on Feb 11, 2013
Regular followers of my blog may remember a couple of weeks ago I wrote on an incident at an Applebee’s restaurant in the United States, where a pastor who had brought a group of his parishioners there to dine, got a little miffed when an 18% gratuity was added to his bill.
This started a chain of events – The pastor crossed out the tip on her...