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Are You Prepared to Communicate During a Disaster That Can Cause Death & Destruction Within Minutes?

[By Nora Jacobs, Hennes Communications] That’s the key question contained in this poster, from an organization called Civic Plus.  It’s a good reminder to all organizations that communicating to stakeholders when an emergency strikes often needs to happen in seconds.  That means communicators need to have systems and techniques in place in advance that can […]


Examining the Body Language of Charisma

From Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D.: Let’s face it, in business dealings, charisma counts. A lot. And charisma is as much about impressions and body language as it is about issues and substance. I’ve seen many qualified people get passed over for promotion (or lose a sale or fail an interview) simply because they couldn’t project an engaging […]


How Lawyers Can Minimize Professional Mistakes During a Scandal Like That at Penn State

[By Stephanie York, JD, Hennes Communications] “What were they thinking?”  That’s what we all ask when a big scandal unfolds, such as Penn State, Enron, Watergate and most recently, the Michigan State sex abuse scandal.  Those on the outside are left scratching their heads, wondering how those huge institutions got so deep and so far […]


How Facebook’s Response Ignited the Cambridge Analytica Scandal

From our good friend and colleague, James Haggerty: In a crisis, it’s not the event itself that counts. It’s the response. Unfortunately for Facebook’s shareholders, it appears Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and the company’s other leaders did not understand this basic rule of crisis management when handling the Cambridge Analytica scandal. For my 2017 book, Chief […]


Hennes Communications Selected by Philadelphia Insurance

We are pleased to announce that Hennes Communications has been selected by Philadelphia Insurance Companies to assist their policy holders facing sudden challenges to their company or organizations’ reputation. We were chosen, in part, because of our deep track record of working closely with legal counsel, balancing best crisis management practices and the need to […]


By | March 18, 2018 | Uncategorized

John Skipper Details His ESPN Exit and a Cocaine Extortion Plot

John Skipper, the former network chief, goes public in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the real reason behind his abrupt departure from Disney after 27 years, a confession to Bob Iger and his hope to work in sports media again. As we always tell our clients: Tell the truth, tell it all and […]


Regaining Organizational Trust When Leadership Misbehaves

[By Nora Jacobs, Hennes Communications] It is a sad commentary on our times, but more and more of our work now involves helping clients who are dealing with the aftermath of misbehavior among their leadership ranks.  Accusations of sexual misconduct, charges of criminal behavior, questionable ethical behavior and significant violations of organizational policies can all […]


How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot with the Media in One Easy Step

[by Howard Fencl, Hennes Communications] Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stumbles through an interview with 60 Minutes veteran Lesley Stahl, seemingly ignorant to basic facts about U.S. public schools. She blows the perfect opportunity to “up” her embattled reputation with the enormous audience the program always delivers. Later, she issues tweets bemoaning the report saying Stahl […]


United Airlines Kills Puppy & “Assumes Full Responsibility”

[By Bruce Hennes, Hennes Communications] Once again, United Airlines is tone-deaf when it comes to saying it’s sorry.  Here’s the story, from the Washington Post: United Airlines said it will “assume full responsibility” for the death of a 10-month-old puppy that appeared to have suffocated after it was placed inside an overhead compartment on a three-hour flight […]


Bot or Not? The Answer Can Help Your Crisis Communications Response – and Protect Your Reputation.

[By Thom Fladung/Hennes Communications] Talk to a bot lately? If you’re on Twitter, chances are decent you have. Bots are automated accounts that have proliferated in social media networks, particularly Twitter and Instagram. They appear to be real people. “They come in all shapes and sizes, and they are borderline perfect,” a story in Forbes […]


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