I haven’t posted on PR Disasters for a while; the usual cavalcade of drunken debauchery, emotional immaturity, ill-judged utterances, policy backflips and PR nightmares leave me with a grey ennui. BUT THEN…a story pops up that’s kinda one out of the box. It appears that a Swiss retailer is doing a PR retreat after stocking coffee creamers featuring the faces of famous facists – the rest is, as they say, history…
Our PR experience suggests you can pretty much coach and train an intelligent person in media performance skills in around three or four sessions.
However, you cannot instill – far less embed – impeachable character and interpersonal maturity in an “unreconstructed personality”, without also addressing the candidate’s emotional intelligence and self-awareness. And that calls for a much deeper investment of effort.
(H/t to SBS for pic)
Posted in Celebrity, Government, Media Interviews, Politics, PR Disasters, Public Speaking
Tagged PR blunder, PR disaster, PR gaffe, Prime Minister wink, Tony Abbott gaffe, Tony Abbott wink
CRISIS CRITIQUES BEREFT OF UNDERSTANDING AND EMPATHY In modern crisis or emergency events, it’s clear that Public Relations pundits and the public display little patience with, or respect for, any organisation’s efforts to respond to their incident. Diligence in fact finding and verification goes against the knee-jerk criticism… Continue reading
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Tagged disaster response, Flight MH370 conspiracy theories, Gerry McCusker, Malaysia Airlines, Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, MH370, MH370 PR analysis, MH370 search, MH370 underwater search, MH370's black box, missing airline flight, PR analyst Gerry McCusker, PR disaster
The UK’s highest profile PR publicist has become the first person to be convicted under the Operation Yewtree investigation, Scotland Yard’s inquiry into historic allegations of sexual offences by British media bigwigs including the late DJ Jimmy Saville. After jury deliberations, the publicity practitioner was found guilty of eight indecent assaults on teenage girls from the late 1970′s to mid 1980′s. Facing a possible jail term, the PR puppeteer also indulged in a bizarre form of media mis-management by mimicking the actions of a SkyNews reporter, summarising the proceedings outside court. Inappropriate. Unseemly. (Hat-tip Sky for screenshot)
Posted in Botched PR jobs, Celebrity, Firms, Media Interviews, Naughty Public Relations agencies, PR Disasters, Public Relations, Public Relations practice, Services
Tagged crisis management, interview, Max Clifford, Operation Yewtree, PR blunder, PR disaster, PR gaffe, Sky News, Tom Parmenter