Beware the Ides of March— Communications Challenges You May Not See Coming

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By Dan Cohen

Even the best laid communications plans are subject to forces seen and unseen. To that end, here are FCP’s ideas for managing surprises, trolls, traps, and friends who’ve turned on you:

The Question You Pray Doesn’t Get Asked:

All too often, it’s the fear of facing the question we hope we don’t have to answer that prevents us from speaking out or moving forward at all.  We have been called in to jump start marketing campaigns that were derailed because the clients could not or would not answer one key question.

Our counsel in that situation is to dig in. Identify the questions you dread. Find that answer to the most difficult question you face. One path forward is to convene five different colleagues who approach problems from unique perspectives and ask them to engage with the toughest questions an organization faces— eventually arriving at an answer all can live with. Share it across the organization, and create a fearless cadre of ambassadors. Don’t let a lack of preparedness or a fear of the worst case scenario keep you from raising your voice at all.

The Death of Caesar (1798) by Vincenzo Camuccini

International Women’s Day 2018

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Today is International Women’s Day, a celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and a call for action to continue pushing for equality. This year, the theme for the official International Women’s Day is to #PressforProgress. We love that rather than looking back and celebrating the progress that some women have made, however momentous or incremental, we are instead looking forwards and pushing onward, together, for even more progress for all. This year, in honor of International Women’s Day, Full Court Press decided to put our heads together and brainstorm some of the advice we would give young women (or anyone!) looking to enter the workplace— be it in PR and communications or consulting. This is one small way of pressing for progress— to provide women with the tools and empowerment to push themselves, and to encourage the workplace, and society, to be a better, more just place for all.  


Valentine’s Day: Reporters We Love

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This Valentine’s Day, we’re sending some love to our friends and colleagues in journalism. We’re grateful to them for their hard work and efforts to inform and educate the public. To express our gratitude to the reporters we count on to bring us our news every day, we asked the Full Court Press team to spread the love to a reporter they appreciate this Valentines’ Day.


Dan’s sending some love to Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami:

Life would not be worth living without Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) and Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) of The Athletic.  Each brings insight and thoughtful analysis to this unique moment in time in Golden State Warriors History.  They elevated my understanding of this team, Steve Kerr’s leadership philosophy, and the changes in the modern game.  In addition, I am impressed by their fearless entry into podcasting in 2016-17 and then venturing off to launch The Athletic in 2017.  

Looking to 2018: Resolving to Resist

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There’s no way around it: 2017 was a difficult year for those working for progressive social change. Adjusting to the onset of a Trump presidency meant facing down challenges to values we hold dear and recognizing the scope and depth of the racism, sexism, and xenophobia that have long existed in our country. If there was even the thinnest silver lining to these disturbing trends, it was seeing the robust response to them. From the Women’s March and #metoo, to the airport protests against the attempted Muslim ban and organizing to prevent cuts to our national monuments, the response to Trumpism has been plentiful. This activism and community-building in response to these deplorable actions is a force to be reckoned with. So, in 2018, we’re resolving to continue resisting.    

Dan’s Resolution:

This year I resolve to continually seek out and share the stories and the voices that often go ignored.

I will support the efforts of organizations like WBZ in Chicago which launched a podcast called Every Other Hour.It seeks to tell the stories of gun violence in Chicago. I will also support our local news outlets, whose work is often unsung, by continuing to subscribe and encourage our clients to advertise where possible. Finally, I will support efforts to diversify the voices in journalism, whether it is ProPublica’s effort to support local journalism or YouthRadio’s efforts to train the next generation of revolutionary media creators.

Where We’re Donating For #GivingTuesday This Year

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#GivingTuesday is a relatively new phenomenon, and one that the Full Court Press team is thrilled to get behind. After its inaugural year in 2012, Giving Tuesday became the type of trend we love to see around the holiday season— one which encourages altruism and reflection. An antidote-like balance to the consumerism often surrounding the holidays, groups have coalesced around causes they care about, creating new movements such as Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday. The day serves to kick off the charitable season of holiday and end-of-year giving and reorient the focus of the holidays to practicing generosity.

In the past, FCP has provided communications tips for organizations looking to take advantage of the trend by creating a deluge of support. This year, to mark the occasion, the FCP team is sharing some of the organizations we’re looking forward to donating to this holiday season.