Platinum

What is platinum? Platinum has been called “white gold”; its name derives from the Spanish platino, meaning “little silver”. Platinum is special – in chemical properties, colour and symbolism. Platinum is the name of a new book – more on that below. The alchemical symbol for Platinum connects those of silver (moon) and gold (sun)….

Human

In a crisis, what kind of connection do you want with an organisation – machine or human? Will you rely on an app or seek a human voice? When you call – and eventually get through – do you want an automated response to push button 1, then 2, then 3 – or to speak…

Recovery

There has been a lot spoken and written about mental health in recent months. The prompt for this post is my own story of recovery over the past year after completing my Phd and the decade since my dad died. This has been a process of grief and re-engaging with life. Triggers to mental health…

Life

In the first episode of the excellent three-part BBC documentary examining the murder of Stephen Lawrence, his mother says it is important “to talk about Stephen a bit more. So people can see he had a life, not just in death, but before.” Tomorrow, 22 April 2018, it is 25 years since Stephen died, aged…

Dedication

At this time of year, it is common to look back over recent achievements and plan ahead to how we may dedicate our time and efforts in future. This approach is a key step in sustainable professional development and involves two of three stages of reflective thinking: Reflection on action – what have we done?…

Researchers

Mind the PR Gap is a new initiative that aims to bring together research and practice in the field of public relations. It is open to PR practitioners, academics, researchers and students. As I’m involved with the event taking place on Wednesday 12 July 2017 at Birmingham City University, this post is partly promotional. With…

Grief

Nine years ago I experienced the depths of grief when my dad died. The words of the blogpost “A private tragedy” that I wrote then remind me of the immediate pain. I generally don’t acknowledge this “stop all the clocks” moment, when a solid knot was tied in the thread of my life. But I…

Submission

When we talk about submitting an assignment or other piece of work, this verb is often viewed as a process, the action of uploading or physically presenting something for assessment. That’s what I’ve done this week with my PhD thesis. But in doing so, I started thinking about the concept of submission. We’ve come to…

America

I first went to Ellis Island in New York in 1980. This was my first time in America – United States of… The last time I travelled to the US was in April 2001 when I stayed in New York with my mother to celebrate my 40th birthday. The one place that I really wanted…

Personality

Everyone is different. Everyone is the same. As professional communicators, should public relations practitioners focus on individual differences, segmenting people into chunks by age, gender, geographical location? Or categorise by attitude – friend or foe? Perhaps by behaviour – which way did you vote? Are you with us or against? Stephen Waddington directs PR practitioners…