A publicist president

“A disruptive innovator, using social media and the genius for publicity to win a presidential election on the cheap” — The Economist Lexington column on Trump, 1/7/17 When I spent the better […]

Posted January 20, 2017

The top PR stories of 2016

I was delighted to appear on Business News Network again today to talk about the top social media PR stories of 2016. I was interviewed at the anchor desk speaking with co-hosts Amber […]

Posted December 23, 2016

The Center for the Future of Organization

Today I am excited to share the news of my appointment as an Executive Fellow for the Center for the Future of Organization (CFFO), an independent think tank at the Drucker School of Management […]

Posted December 20, 2016

Signal Leadership Communication Inc.

PR firm to serve leaders dealing with digital disruption Co-founded by prominent senior communicators and respected North American pollster TORONTO, August 16th 2016 – Two leading public relations executives – Bob Pickard and […]

Posted August 16, 2016

A quarter century of lessons learned working in the PR world

Summarizing my professional journey, this presentation explains a signature ‘lesson learned’ for every single one of the 25+ years of my PR career working in five countries (USA, Japan, Canada, Korea and Singapore) helping clients communicate […]

Posted August 7, 2016

Things I notice being back in Canada after living overseas

It was a year ago this week that I returned to my native Toronto after spending the better part of my career (so far) working overseas. Except for visiting or taking career […]

Posted June 23, 2016

Trudeau and Trump on Twitter

Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump are among the world’s hottest political properties these days, and the fortunes of both have soared through their gifted use of social media. Indeed, I think that they are […]

Posted February 23, 2016

The PR power of now

In some quarters, it has become almost tediously fashionable to bash Twitter. Some say it is downright doomed, and so-called ‘purists’ have been fretting about rumoured changes to the service. Twitter does seem to have […]

Posted February 10, 2016

My media day with Donald Trump

As he is now contending for the U.S. Presidency, just for fun I would like to recall my time with past client Donald Trump during 2001 when he was in Canada to announce his future […]

Posted October 27, 2015

Communicating with social media to make corruption obsolete

“Communicating with social media to make corruption obsolete: applying the technology of transparent times to inspire informed citizens” is the theme of this presentation which I delivered at Hong Kong today to the 2015 […]

Posted May 12, 2015

Learning to master constant change with EQ

I wrote some very brief comments for The Business Times of Singapore concerning the skills professional communicators will need in the future to become the best they can be. The 150-word piece is as follows: […]

Posted May 11, 2015

Interview about YouTube’s 10th anniversary on Channel NewsAsia

On April 23rd, I was honoured to be on Channel NewsAsia TV talking about the social media significance of YouTube’s 10th anniversary. I was interviewed live at the anchor desk by the splendid […]

Posted April 29, 2015

‘On the record’ for free speech

Lately I’ve noticed how few are the full-throated defenders of democratic rights and a free press. Sometimes it seems that GDP has become the be-all and end-all measuring stick of a country’s development […]

Posted April 17, 2015

CCTV News interview on Chinese companies going global

There are now 95 Chinese companies on the FORTUNE 500 list, but only a handful of these are internationally renowned brands. In a social media age, it is critically important that this […]

Posted April 1, 2015

Comments on Japan Inc.’s global PR strategy

Recently with the appointment of some foreigners to high-profile global communications chief roles at Japanese multinationals (which is not an everyday occurrence), Arun Sudhaman of The Holmes Report asked me to supply comments for […]

Posted March 6, 2015

Anatomy of a PR crisis

Jason Wincuinas, Managing Editor of Campaign Asia, wrote a telling take on Lenovo’s crisis communications concerning a recent issue which I believe they successfully handled. His article can be accessed here and my comments […]

Posted March 4, 2015

‘Proactive reactivity’ in public relations

Last year I was interviewed by Madeleine Fitzpatrick for an article which appeared in Campaign Asia magazine in February 2014. The full email exchange between us appears below. However, owing to their […]

Posted March 1, 2015

Social media is a powerful weapon in the war against corruption

In today’s The Business Times (southeast Asia’s leading commercial daily), I was quoted about how social media is a powerful weapon in the fight against corruption: “The more ‘social’ business becomes, the less […]

Posted January 26, 2015

Interview on climate change communication and the ‘PR disaster’ of global warming

Recently I was interviewed by Karolina Marolt of the Slovenian Marketing Magazine on the topic of ‘Climate change communications and the PR disaster of global warming’ which is also the theme of my speech to the 6th […]

Posted January 20, 2015

Featured by Twitter in their ‘Tweets from the Top’

I was delighted to be featured by Twitter in their recent ‘Tweets from the Top’ book series. This signature Tweet of mine was put into their ebook, which can be accessed here. Twitter also […]

Posted January 16, 2015

Some candid views on trends in communications consulting

Recently PublicAffairsAsia interviewed me for a Q&A-format article, which I am also sharing here and below… What are the benefits to using a large network over a smaller more boutique style consultancy? In […]

Posted January 14, 2015

My take on Uber’s spectacular PR gaffes

PRWeek sought my views on all the PR mistakes which Uber has been making of late; the article can be found at this link and my quotes are as follows: “Uber has been rocked […]

Posted December 17, 2014