Keeping Calm

I once heard – be prepared for anything, because it’s not IF it happens to you, it’s when.

For this reason, PR people love to hear about crises communications.

When we were hiring a director at a university I used to work at, one of our most important questions was – what type of crises have you been through?
Union talks? Layoffs? 60 minutes interviews? investigations? FBI questioning?

These are stories you don’t often hear bantered about. Mostly because ethics prevent us from sharing dirty laundry with other clients, employers and certainly not media.
It’s why PR people love hanging out with each other. They understand each others’ pain.
We know it’s just a matter of time when we are – as we would say reading the morning paper- “Next!”


About marsha strickhouser

Plate Girl, or Marsha, is not a girl, but a full grown woman who has been collecting dishes - yes, dishes - since I was a little girl. My grandmother was a newspaper food editor, my mother was a teacher and later an antiques dealer. I am guilty of reading Southern Living magazines ... just to look at the PLATES the recipes were served on.  I have more dishes than I need, and I promise I have given plates and sets of dishes to many, many people over the years. I believe setting a festive table makes the meal better and the day or night more memorable. I live in Tampa Bay were I set my table (and the tables of as many others who let me), as well as visit restaurants, hotels and beaches where I admire and photograph all things I think are pretty.  I have my degree in journalism from the University of Miami and have worked in public relations for more than 20 years. To contact me about about a blogging relationship, please email me at

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