Perfecting the Art of TV Interviews

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Here are six tips for your next interview that will help keep you from stumbling and making a poor impression:

1)      Make a plan for your interview. What would you like to see in the resulting media coverage? What two or three key messages do you want to relay?

2)     Monitor your body language. Before you begin to speak, smile at the interviewer to establish a rapport. Maintain eye...

Learning Economic Pointers Early

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

At Abshire Public Relations, one of the community organizations we take a lot of pride in supporting is Junior Achievement of Georgia (JA). Just this past academic year alone, JA served more than 14,000 students in our area.

JA is taking a generation of students and helping equip them for our evolving economy. From the quotes of these area students, JA is truly making an impact:

“JA opened my eyes to what adulthood is really about. Money takes time to build up and save, but can be lost so easily.”

“My perception of money has changed because when you get your paycheck, it doesn’t...

The Time to Serve is Now. Just Do It.

Thursday, April 27, 2017


I’m honored to be named a candidate for this year’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Man & Woman of the Year campaign. Each year, LLS selects a dozen or so candidates to raise donations over the course of 10 weeks -- and honors the top two fundraisers (one woman/one man) at the end.


I’ve got to be honest. When Jennie Brewster, area director for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter, first approached me in 2016 to take this campaign on, I immediately thought of a...

Social Media and Businesses

Thursday, April 13, 2017

I recently spoke to a university social media class for public relations majors and thought I would share some of the pointers we discussed. First off, it is important to note that their social media knowledge is strong simply due to the fact they have been using it since they were kids! In fact, the number one social media platform for the 18-24 age group is Snapchat with 81% usage -- which means they could have easily been snapping while I was talking!

Résumés That Get the Job Done!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Recently, a young public relations major at The University of Southern Mississippi reached out to us about job opportunities in Savannah. Madison Clark, who is also a marketing minor, forwarded along her résumé and we were blown away! (Check out her issuu site and her samples at and hire her!)


Don’t Forget To Use Those Magic Words

Friday, March 10, 2017

Growing up, we all heard repeatedly to use those magic words....”Please” and “Thank You.”  It was all about having good manners and using them on a daily basis.  In a recent Savannah Morning News column, Luke Bierman, a dean and law professor at Elon University, challenged us as a nation to “Make America Mannered Again.”

He feels we seem to have forsaken the objective reasonableness of thinking of those around us and more about our own internal needs.  Bierman challenged...

The Selfie Generation

Friday, March 03, 2017

Today's guest blogger is Erica Cooke, a soon-to-be public relations graduate of University of Alabama. Thanks, Erica!


“Wait … first let me take a selfie.”

This is a phrase that a majority of Generation X or baby boomers associate with the millennial generation. The common stigma against millennials is, “They’re lazy. They don’t work for anything. They are the ‘participation trophy’ winners.”

These simple phrases eventually turn into barriers for millennials trying to enter the workforce. But is this really the case? Are millennials really the...

Jump Starting Your Social Media Plan

Friday, February 24, 2017

Social media -- it’s safe to say -- is here to stay. Based on Harris Poll on behalf of Hootsuite in the U.S. and the U.K., 83 percent of Americans have a social media account. Nearly 1.65 billion people actively use Facebook monthly, making it the most used social media site. Twitter sees 310 million monthly users with 6,...

Social Media Lessons From Casper

Friday, February 17, 2017

For those of you struggling with social media, it can be difficult to find businesses that do social media really, really well. However, one of the companies that does do social engagement well is Casper Mattress Company. They don’t use expensive tactics either, just good old-fashioned creativity and understanding of their target.

Talking about mattresses is boring. Instead of talking about boring mattress stats, Casper talks about the culture of sleep. They talk about boozy night caps, lazy Saturdays spent in bed, and which side of the bed is reserved for the remote or...

Managing Social Media Risks

Friday, February 10, 2017

Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg once said, “The only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” You might be wondering what some of the risks of social media are to your business, and how you can mitigate those.

When I first went to work for Gulfstream, it was 2011 and they had just decided to dip their toe in the pool of social media. As most of you know, Gulfstream is owned by General Dynamics, a multinational defense and aerospace corporation. It is the world’s fifth largest defense contractor, so they are not small potatoes. But they were worried about the risks of social media -- and...


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