Should communicators communicate less? That was one of the many intriguing ideas that came up during IABCLA's Dine & Discuss on February 27 at TOMGEORGE in Downtown LA. Julie Wright, president and founder of (W)right On Communications, Inc., lead the conversation on “PR in the Digital Age.”
Attendance was capped at 10 people; the chapter keeps the number small in order to facilitate a discussion in which everybody can participate. There were folks who were newer to the communications industry, as well as those who had been in the field for some time, and all with diverse career experiences – Wright said this mix led to a “thought-provoking” exchange.
The group talked about issues from fake news and distrust in media to technology trends like content marketing, visual storytelling, and data-driven communications. There was general agreement around the notion that a compelling concept and story were at the heart of all successful campaigns and initiatives. Regardless of technology trends and changes in media consumption, well-crafted stories, and well-researched messages that speak to target audiences are what drives successful communication.
Wright was intrigued by the notion of being discrete and sparing in her digital communication, so she tried it the next day at her company. She made a point to talk to her colleagues more in person rather than through messaging. When Julie did email, she held onto her feedback longer than usual – she found that often issues had already been resolved by the time she weighed in.
Board member Ephraim Freed noted the counterintuitive nature of this suggestion: “As communicators, we assume everybody needs more communication, but often when you talk to your audiences you find out something different than what you assume.”
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I'm Eli Natinsky and I'm a communicator. This blog explores my work and professional interests. I also delve into other topics, including media, marketing, pop culture, and technology.