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Three Secrets to Successful Media Pitches

It’s easy to see why some communications professionals dread the task of pitching ideas to the media. Reporters can be brusk and impatient and often ignore emails, especially when they’re caught on deadline or being pressed to cover a story that’s clearly not in their wheelhouse. The PR pros who love pitching have a secret: […]

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3 Things I Learned Through International Travel

International travel is an exhilarating, nerve-racking, and life-changing experience. With a dizzying array of different foods, languages, cultural norms, and time zones, an immersion in a foreign country can present opportunities and learning experiences you may not have thought possible. Through the China-United States Exchange Foundation, I had the amazing chance to travel with fellow […]

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How to Build Effective Coalitions That Advance Your Cause

Whether you are promoting new scientific findings, advocating for a profession, advancing legislation or trying to change behavior, it takes a group of people working together to have a sustained influence. But finding ways to effectively collaborate as a team can be challenging. As Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning; Keeping together is progress; […]

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Advocacy & Communications on a Budget

Associations large and small grapple with a wide variety of advocacy issues. The Advocacy Leaders Network hosts a series of workshops targeted towards public affairs and government relations professionals to facilitate discussions around various strategies, trends, and case studies important to the field. A recent workshop, “Advocacy on the Cheap: Changing the World on Any […]

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How to Stay Informed and Ahead of the Political Game

The dizzying pace of change in the Washington public policy climate under a new administration presents unpredictable challenges for those of us working in communications. Rapid-paced executive orders and seemingly contradictory announcements can create a chaotic information environment. But as communicators, we can’t let this hold us back from doing what we do best. We […]

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Long Live the MSM!

The conventional wisdom of the digital age long ago declared that nobody really pays attention anymore to the mainstream media…that mainstream media had become irrelevant…that the MSM was dead! But as the great Mark Twain said after a newspaper erroneously reported that he had died while touring Europe:“The reports of my death have been greatly […]

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Introducing…You

Introducing yourself in a meeting seems easy enough. Then why do so many people fail to make the most of it, and sometimes even leave a bad impression? Some people talk incessantly about all their experience and accomplishments in what ends up putting off rather than impressing their listeners. Others give only the bare minimum, […]

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PR’s Role in Patient Engagement | O’Dwyer’s

Patients and families often need guidance to make informed and confident decisions about their health and healthcare. Check out Sharon’s article in O’Dwyer’s October issue to learn how communications professionals play a critical role in encouraging and influencing conversations and in promoting shared decision-making. Some of the key takeaways include: Make it a priority for […]

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MACRA | Another Step in Reforming Care Delivery

On Friday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the much-anticipated final rule on the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which is part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 – better known as MACRA. This rule is 2,200 pages (a length that surprises no one familiar with CMS rules) and […]

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