Talking Points Blog

My Talking Points Podcast partner, Kevin Hunt, is not a fan of Facebook. I give him grief about it on the show all the time. He doesn’t like the data mining. He doesn’t like the lying. He thinks it toxic. And you know what, he’s right on all counts. No doubt about it, really. And,

Ten years ago or so, thought leadership opportunities in the business media world were somewhat prevalent. You could pitch bylined ideas to publications like Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Fortune and, given you were somewhat competent, you had a chance. In the media relations world, this was huge because a big part of our value

We’ve all witnessed this scene in any number of public spaces, right? Not uncommon at all in 2019. In fact, I might say this is the new norm. Here’s a specific scenario. Let me know if it sounds familiar to you parents out there. You’re in the car for a family road trip. The kids

If you’re a Minnesota Wild fan, you’ve undoubtedly heard the news: GM Paul Fenton is out. According to ownership, he wasn’t a “culture fit.” That’s typically code for: he was a jerk to employees. And, that’s not me saying that, it’s talk show hosts, media and fans over the last week or so. via GIPHY

Is 2019 the year of the social CEO? I wrote about this trend in my recent 2019 trends presentation. And, I’ve noticed a few more prominent CEOs taking a more active stance in social recently. Shelly Ibach, CEO and president of Sleep Number (client) comes to mind. In many of these situations, CEOs start on

For years, Ryan Pena was one of those people I definitely knew about, but never had a chance to meet. I recently figured it was time to change that, and asked Ryan to happy hour. And man, am I glad I did. Not only is Ryan a leading-edge social media marketer (and future pop star–have

Today’s internet culture is very much predicated on one basic principle: Me. Me, as in, how can I create more thought leadership to share on Twitter. Me, as in, how can I become an influencer and make hundreds of thousands of dollars on Insta, YouTube and TikTok. Me, as in, how can I talk more

This fall I’ll assume a role I’ve been working toward for the last 20+ years. The role of professor. I’ll be teaching my first class as an adjunct professor at the University of St Thomas starting on Sept. 3. The class? Strategic communications. It’s a capstone class of sorts, previously taught by the outstanding Bruce