Posts Tagged ‘PR’

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

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

‘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

‘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

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

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

The top global trends in public relations today

I was in Seoul recently, addressing Kia Motors Corporation’s global public relations conference on the top trends in the world of PR. In my role as Kia’s first international communications counsel starting in 2002, […]

Posted December 3, 2014

Worldwide communication for Asian MNCs: PR’s next big thing?

I was honoured to be the lead-off speaker at this year’s ICCO Global Summit in New Delhi on the topic of “Worldwide communication for Asian multinationals: PR’s next big thing?” Almost 200 companies […]

Posted October 9, 2014

The PR industry needs to grow in many ways

On September 13th, I addressed the Public Relations and Corporate Communications India Summit at Agra. I was asked to speak about opportunities for growth in the public relations industry. Typically I deliver […]

Posted September 15, 2014

Improving climate change communication

It has been a few months now since I posted a piece on ‘the climate change PR disaster.’ That modest missive was aimed at the global public relations industry, which has the […]

Posted April 21, 2014

Visualizing the rise and fall of marketing monikers

Lately I’ve had great fun playing with the Ngram Viewer, which visualizes the presence of keywords and phrases used in the countless books which Google has scanned in recent times. Given all […]

Posted December 10, 2013

Humanitarianism in the network age

I was honoured to speak recently in Bangkok [pictures here] at the Asia-Pacific unveiling of ‘Humanitarianism in the Network Age’ (HINA), a groundbreaking new United Nations social media study. HINA examines the […]

Posted June 14, 2013

The marketing might of modern public relations

On March 23rd I was honoured to address the Bangladesh Brand Forum seminar in Dhaka. In my presentation, I argued that: social media is revolutionizing the way the world communicates and it […]

Posted March 26, 2013

Guest lecture at SMU on Asia social media

At the invitation of my friend Dr. Michael Netzley, I recently delivered this presentation at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business in Singapore Management University on the topic of “Digital and […]

Posted February 14, 2013