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May 08, 2009


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Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Oh, David! David, David, David! I was laughing so hard I spit chicken soup all over my monitor, and that was after I choked on part of it. But it was worth it!

Love this new feature! If I might make a recommendation, this one ought to happen on Fridays. By the end of the week, we can appreciate your, um, "unique" perspective to this sort of stuff even better.

Maybe suggest to the slick young marketing dude that fixing the grammar errors in his LinkedIn profile might help him "beat the recession." Not to be too much of a word nerd, but why would anyone else hire you if you can't even string together a proper sentence to promote yourself? No wonder he does everything "without spending a dollar."

I looked at his blog, which includes a list of tips business people have shared about how they are beating the recession. My favourites are the two who say "We act as if nothing is happening" and "We're acting as if the recession doesn't exist." Excellence advice. Good luck with that.

Love this post/feature!

And so relieved/happy that you didn't pull any questions from my LEAN Communications Network....

By the way, I like to think this group is a bit different because we have LEAN practitioners in addition to LEAN Communicators. However, I'm sure we're open to some well-deserved chuckles.

P.S. We all need to laugh more these days. Thanks for goading us!

This is hysterical, David.

David, I get questions like this now and then. Thanks for the funny, satisfying hammering you're giving them.

I'm not sure if you or anyone else will get this reference, but your post reminds me of one of my earliest writing influences, Tom McCahill, an automotive journalist who wrote a letters column in Mechanix Illustrated that often featured Tom's sarcastic thrashings in response to stupid reader questions. Maybe he even knew your dad.

Thanks, all. The feature will be back, by popular demand, as soon as I collect enough dumb questions. Figure 20 minutes or so.

Allow me to be the cold water on ONE issue: Campaigns. I do LOTS of campaigns because it helps our management understand that you can't just do a single, badly-written memo and KABOOM, you're all done with that nasty comms stuff. "Campaign" helps them understand that they must continue to communicate. My vote: "Campaigns" are OK.

Oh, Amy. We had such momentum going there for a minute before your cold water...but of course, you're right. (I hate it when you're right, but whatev.)


Point granted, with the important caveat that what PR people don't understand is that employee communication is a permanent, ongoing program. If there are campaigns, they go on top of the ongoing conversation; they don't replace it.


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