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Mitchell Friedman, EdD, APR
Leadership & Communication Skills Trainer, Professor
Leadership & Communication Skills Trainer, Professor


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What the Academic Literature Says about the Role of the Public Information Officer (PIO)
As I've noted in a blog post earlier this year, I've immersed myself in a study on the role of the Public Information Officer (PIO), particularly in emergency situations. To date, I've captured my research in two articles. One reviews academic literature on...

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40 of 58 for 58: Teach AND Do
I'm currently attending the Public Relations Society of America International Convention  in Austin, TX. I perked up when I heard a participant on a teaching panel said, “I teach technology. I’m also a practitioner who does technology. I have to do both.” S...

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39 of 58 for 58: Learn to Follow Instructions
Sometimes—heck, a lot of the time—you simply have to follow
instructions to get what you want. Take, for example, working towards an undergraduate
degree—or other advanced degrees. You simply cannot earn them if you can’t
or won’t follow instructions.   I’m...

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38 of 58 for 58: Get Out of Your Head
I have a propensity for living in my head. In fact, I’ve done it for most of my life. On the one hand, living in my head has served me well. I’ve
applied my brain power to succeed in school. I landed a series of jobs, and
clients, and in the process applied...

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37 of 58 for 58: Know When Enough Is Enough
Sometimes you cross a line. Your life changes in an instant. You fully grasp the ramifications of your latest insight. The bottom line: you've had enough of the ways things have been. You're sick and tired of being sick and tired. Your need to change--right...

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36 of 58 for 58: Follow Through and Follow Up
Ideally, I think long and hard before taking on commitments. I ask: what’s involved? Can I complete the necessary steps? Do I want to do them? In other words, I ask myself if will I follow through. I define that process by asking and answering several relat...

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34 of 58 for 58: Reconnect with Important People from Your Past, While You Can
I was reviewing some old work files recently. They included
copies of news coverage from my work as a public relations consultant. I saw
names and faces I hadn’t thought of in years. I came across Doris’ picture in several articles. She was a
wonderful clie...

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33 of 58 for 58: Strive to Act with Your Best, Highest Self in Mind
I've struggled with self-doubt on and off over the years. Thoughts such as "I'm not enough" or "I haven't accomplished anything" flitted through my mind.   Such thinking limits what I think and create. It constrains the parameters of my actions.  In contras...

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32 of 58 for 58: Keep on Battling
I thought I had it. What I wanted professionally. The pay was good. The position appeared to provide a modicum of stability in the form of a multiyear contract. I could finally exhale. Relax a bit, kick back, and do my job without fear of how I'd be earning...
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