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Company Culture, Opinions Posted Mar 22, 2017 by Mike Spinney

The World Needs More Garys

Last year I introduced you to Gary, the guy who sells me Boston’s street paper Spare Change News. All through this stubborn winter I’ve been cheered and buoyed by Gary’s smile and unwavering optimism. Whether at his regular afternoon corner at Congress and Hanover, or during chance encounters elsewhere in the Downtown Crossing/Haymarket neighborhoods as […]

Opinions, Public Relations Posted Mar 8, 2017 by Mike Spinney

Help Tell The Story. Don’t Be A Part Of It.

My college advisor and writing mentor, John Lannan, dispensed a lot of advice for the aspiring reporter. One that came to mind last night was, “A journalist should tell a story, not be a part of it.” That’s good counsel for a PR flak, too. We shouldn’t become part of the stories we help others […]

Opinions, Public Relations, Social Media Posted Feb 28, 2017 by Mike Spinney

I Still Have Much to Learn

Last month I was invited to speak to two classes at Hult International Business School’s Cambridge, Mass campus. Professor Jeffrey Schiebe teaches in the marketing, communications and public relations program there and regularly invites professionals active in their field to come in and share their experience and insights with the students. I accepted the invitation. […]

Company Culture, High Technology Posted Feb 14, 2017 by Mike Spinney

If You Make It To Washington’s Birthday…

I thought we’d sneaked past Old Man Winter this year. Again. Sure, there were a few storms that had inconvenienced Eastern Massachusetts this year, but in early February out my way some intrepid syrupers already had their maple trees tapped and their sap lines running. Apart from the usual shady spots the snow was mostly […]

Events, Public Relations Posted Jan 27, 2017 by Liza Vilnits

Grab Your Party Hat and Your Beverage: The Ups and Downs of RSA Conference Planning

As my colleague Jennifer recently shared, the clock is ticking until the RSA Conference (T minus 17 days!) and things aren’t slowing down at the small but mighty CHEN PR headquarters. Every year, sometime between Thanksgiving and New Year’s we take a deep breath and send out that first calendar invite to get together to […]

Company Culture, Opinions, Social Media Posted Jan 23, 2017 by Kevin Kosh

It’s a Trap!

Life is full of surprises and puzzles.   There are things that grab your attention and your heart, things that feed your inner child, and things that you do because they are the right thing to do – and you get sucked in and can’t escape, and really don’t want to. For me, that has been […]

Events Posted Jan 13, 2017 by Jennifer Torode

All Hands on Deck and Full Speed Ahead—The RSA Conference 2017 is Only One Month Away!

Like a human DDoS attack, a massive flood of security marketing, PR, sales, researchers, reporters and analysts are staging themselves, and preparing to descend on San Francisco for the annual RSA Conference 2017, February 13-17. The security industry has always had to move quickly as cybercriminals spanning the globe seem to always be one step […]

Company Culture, Opinions Posted Dec 19, 2016 by Mike Spinney

My Gift To You (Merry Christmas)

Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas I make an earnest effort to get into the holiday spirit. There are years that urge hits me as soon as I wake up from my tryptophanic coma and others when it takes a few days—or weeks—longer. Inevitably that day arrives and I start listening to seasonal music and let […]

Company Culture, Public Relations, Uncategorized Posted Dec 2, 2016 by Mike Spinney

Season’s End

It’s December and the start of meteorological winter. More to the point for me, I finally moved my trusty car fly rod (the one I keep with me just in case) out of my car and onto its rack inside the garage. That’s not to say a stretch of warm weather might not call it […]

Entrepreneurs, Opinions Posted Oct 17, 2016 by Mike Spinney

Reliably Positive

Last week I recalled advice given to me by an early mentor who told me, “In this business talent is nice, but reliability is what matters.”   I pass by an example of “reliability is what matters” nearly every day on my way home that seemed worth sharing.   Gary sells the Spare Change News […]