Confident Communications

Confident Communications

Public Relations expert Molly McPherson, APR, reveals how to communicate online and beyond in the modern age. A mix of discussing current news events along with interviews with newsmakers, communications professionals and business owners while providing insight from 20+ years of public relations and crisis communications expertise to help take the fear out of communicating in the age of scrutiny. This podcast helps you to communicate confidently--in writing, speaking, body language, social media -- to be heard, seen and relevant when communicating in the 21st Century.... Show More

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Imagine planning a press conference to address a widely publicized cheating scandal and rebuild your baseball team’s reputation. You’ve got your lineup set for what should be a home run, but you end up striking out.

In this podcast, I’m dissecting the Houston Astros' failed press conference.

The good news is it gives us a perfect example of what not to do. You never know when scandal may arise, so here... Read more

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Where do you do most of your communicating in your work and in your life? Chances are it’s mostly email and text. You’ve probably noticed that some correspondence sounds confident and some make you want to say “get to the point already.”

In this episode, I’m going to cover the five words and five phrases to get rid of in your emails to make them more concise and direct. 

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  • When is the last time you updated your passwords?

    If you answered never or not sure, take a listen to this episode for tips on how to protect your online identity.    

    Cybersecurity breaches are a real threat to many businesses big and small. But don’t be lulled into thinking it’s only happening to companies. Private citizens are not taking cyber risk seriously and it’s costing peo... Read more

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    Trust me when I tell you that Generation Z matters. Especially if you’re a parent of teens, you want to figure out how their brains are working. If you own or run a business, they matter because you’re going to need to learn how to get them motivated and engaged in your product or service.

    Today’s guest on the podcast is the author of InstaBrain: The New Rules for Marketin... Read more

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    If you’re like most of us, any communication you do through the written word is via the keyboard - either on your phone or at your computer. It’s no wonder that when it’s time to sit down and put pen to paper, the outcome can sometimes look more like a ransom letter than a thank you note.

    Handwriting doesn’t come easy to us anymore, but it’s still very important. Some benefits of writing things down by hand include helpin... Read more

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    It’s official. Harry and Meghan have left the royal family to become financially independent. 

    They can now "Chip and Joanna Gaines" their way into brand royalty, à la the likes of former presidential couples Barack and Michelle Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton. And of course, the Broadcast Queen herself - Oprah. Trust me; there is a lot of money to be made off of their new role as royal brand ambassadors to the... Read more

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    This week I’m sharing my 7 deadly sins of grammar. These are some of the mistakes you might be unknowingly making in your writing that’s causing you to lose credibility - especially online.

    The goal of this episode is to give you more confidence in your writing. It is, after all, one of your most valuable currencies for intelligence. Proper grammar makes for good business, helps you command respect, and creates clarity in... Read more

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    Many businesses have a crisis on their hands. It's not the threat of a devastating event that should have them worried. It's the lack of planning for when it does. 

    In this episode of the podcast, I’m speaking with Robert Burton. Rob is the Managing Director of PreparedEx, where he leads a team of crisis experts who prepare organizations to be more resilient to the myriad risks they face and is also co-founder of ... Read more

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    A New Year’s Eve episode airing on the cusp of 2020 dedicated to listeners who want to make a transition in 2020. For many, this is the time of year that people seek change and crave renewal. Who better to guide us through that process than a life coach?  

    My guest is Steve Piacente. Steve is a former colleague of mine - we worked together as executive communication coaches - who has a great deal of experience in communic... Read more

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    We mean to write them, but we don’t always get around to it even though we know we should. It’s the "always love to receive one, but dread writing one" thank you note.

    Listen to this episode for tips on how to write an unforgettable thank you note. I've timed this episode around the holidays to offer a gentle push for completing a task that many people tend to overlook.

    Best tip: If you’re ever asking y... Read more

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    On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me

    A PR crisis, or one or two or three.

    In this (almost) end-of-the-year episode, I wrap-up the PR season by covering the best (or worst?) PR crises of 2019. It's my holiday gift to myself and to anyone else who has a passion for practicing public relations.

    My definition of a PR crisis? A public reaction from an event that causes a brand or a ... Read more

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    Merry, Merry! 

    Let's get into the festive spirit and talk about conversation etiquette at holiday parties. You might remember my guest, public speaking expert Lauren Sergy from her appearance on Episode 55, Executive Presence: What It Looks Like, Why You Need It and How to Get It. If you have some parties coming up soon, you’ll definitely want to list... Read more

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    Ho ho ho!

    You are listening to this special bonus holiday episode as a gift for being a loyal subscriber to the Confident Communications Podcast. Think of it as my holiday card to you as a thank you for listening.

    Speaking of holiday cards, this episode offers some things to consider when it comes to sending out professional holiday cards.

    Not sure if you should send them in the fir... Read more

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    According to this week's guest, a company owns its brand; the public owns its reputation. Crisis communications expert Bill Coletti reveals how to build reputational excellence by meeting the needs and expectations of the public. 

    We discuss his various strategies for companies to work their way through a crisis. Bonus -- Bill offers a phenomenal crisis preparation tip you can put into place within your organization i... Read more

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    It’s Thanksgiving week in the United States; a time of year when a lot of people plan to travel through airports on their way to visit family and friends for the holiday. This is the episode to help you, and everyone around you, travel with ease in the air. 

    Everyone holiday, you can almost bet on someone picking up their phone to snap a photo or film a video of not-so-good behavior on the plane. After all, when people ar... Read more

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    Can you believe it’s been a full year since we launched the Confident Communications Podcast? Well, here we are! One year later and one year wiser. It seems like just yesterday I was sitting at Pat Flynn’s Power-Up Podcasting boot camp (Pat was also a guest on this podcast in episode 40) which played a major role in helping me get this podcast out into the world... Read more

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    Executive Presence is a term you may hear a lot, but do you know what it means?

    Simply put, having it means you own a room the second you stand in front of it. It's a mix of confidence and savvy communications that inspire your peers, subordinates and leaders.

    Lauren Sergy, an expert on all things communications, walks us through the steps for building your executive presence in the workplace.

    Hear why y... Read more

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    As a business leader, employee or owner, you have the opportunity to interact with many people from all walks of life and places.

    Just as important as why you interact with people, is that you’re able to greet them appropriately so you get off on the right foot. But greeting etiquette depends on so many factors, aside from culture--how you know the person and who is hosting the meeting also plays a factor.

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    Someone at your organization was accused of sexual harassment. Perhaps the harassment was in the form of an inappropriate remark, behavior, incident or outburst. 

    You work in leadership and have to respond. Or you may even be that person accused of harassment. 

    Now what? 

    This episode looks at recent news stories of how organizations dealt with a sexual harassment issue when it became public. 

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    It's October, and all four major professional U.S. sports leagues are in full swing, making it the busiest sports month of the year. The sports industry is a very profitable one as well, which means there is a lot to learn about it from a business point of view.    My guest today is Emmy-award winning supervising producer Stu Kirshenbaum, who worked over 20 years in network sports television and is now the owner and executive p... Read more

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