Going with these definitions, it makes some sense when I hear HR professionals refer to employees and potential hires as talent. Ideally, you want someone with great ability, “intelligence or mental power,” but I have always reserved the word for individuals with real gifts in the athletic or artistic sense.
We recently lost a great talent in Amy Winehouse. There isn’t much to say, but there’s lots sing, and in my case, hum.
It’s 2010, and I would like to introduce a new category to PR Prescriptions. Anyone who has ever worked with me will tell you that I am at my best when I’m digging into strategy with great music blasting from my headphones.
In an effort to blend two things I love on a more consistent basis (and share them with you), I have decided to officially launch: “Music & PR.”
Part 1 was inspired by the opening session of Social Justice Camp DC. The organizers shared a loose definition of an “unconference” with the newbies and then asked everyone to share their name, what they did and three words that conveyed why they were in attendance. One lady’s response stuck with me. Unfortunately, I can’t remember any of the things listed above, but I can remember what she said at the end…
After wrapping up her intro, she said, “I work at [organization x], but I’m here as an individual.”
Insert record scratch….wait for it….here!
Let’s go back quickly. She works at [organization x], but she’s here as an individual.
The first part is just fine, but it’s the second part that is a little problematic for me.
How can you mention a company’s name in an intro and then say you’re attending as an individual?
Are you still an individual if the business cards you’re sharing display the company name and logo?
Many more questions to ask and ways to answer, but this person’s quest to be seen as an individual got me thinking about De La Soul, so I’ll leave you with this: Me, Myself and I.
Blog Action Day is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance.
This video above spells it all out, but this initiative is major. Blog Action Day 2008 focused on Poverty, and it has definitely grown in prominence since then. How do I know this? One of the contributors this year: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown!
Now Down to Business – Climate Change and What Have You Done For Me Lately
I could try to tackle the issue of Climate Change with a bunch of stats, but if you know me, you know I’d much rather go with a personal perspective…mixed in with some music.
Yesterday, I went to a networking session with a few people from work . In the email exchanges, people began talking about meeting up to take cabs. Not a big issue right? The session was 30 mins away. Makes sense right?
Here’s the thing: The session was metro accessible. Our building is practically built on top of a metro station on the same line. It was rush hour (meaning the roads were full with traffic…and metro was scheduled to run extra trains).
I wanted to take the metro oddly because I thought of the climate and how it would be a waste to take a cab when we didn’t need one, even if we were in a group.
I say oddly because I am far from winning a green award, but I do care about the environment and thought it was senseless.
To avoid appearing somewhat rude/anti-social, I took a cab with the group, but the whole situation got me thinking.
I was compelled something to do something, not for personal preference, but in the name of the environment.
I can see the question mark on your forehead…but this is rare for me.
Next time, I’ll actually speak up, but here are a couple things for you to chew on:
How many times do you things in the name of the environment?
When have you done for the environment lately? Ooh ooh ooh yeah! (jk…sort of)
As you chew on that, listen to the ever-talented inspiration for this post: