PhD

Life is what happens when you’re completing a PhD (to appropriate a more famous expression). My proposal to undertake a PhD investigating Career Strategies in Public Relations at Bournemouth University was accepted in October 2009 – this week I was delighted to be told during my Viva (oral examination) that I would be awarded my…

Best

Why does anyone blog? Is it to be the best? Or to be the best that they can be? Or simply to be themselves – which I think is the best reason of all to blog. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure to peruse four of the #bestPRblogs at the request of…

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…

Women

International Women’s Day – March 8. A day. One day a year to celebrate women. To commemorate the ongoing struggle for women’s rights. For equality. This is not some new public relations idea. Women have been marching and demanding a voice for over a century. Making the world see them. Making men see them. The…

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…

Listen

A century ago, the bloody battle in northern France silenced the hopes, dreams, fears and nightmares of so many young men. Others were so badly affected by their experiences that they never spoke of them again. On 1 July 1916, 19,240 British soldiers died; many were recent volunteers. Their voices, along with hundreds of thousands…

Understanding

This is the first in a series of posts with one word titles. According to the Oxford English Dictionary there are over 600,000 English words, with new ones added each year. Word: A single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing Any professional communicator needs to be aware of the meaning of the words they…