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Cumulus Clouds and First Women.

August 4, 2016

Aer Lingus - Captain Grainne Cronin

I was having a super meeting with a new client last week, you know those round table moments when everyone is on the same page and all getting excited about the strategy and the jobs to be done to bring this to life.

We started discussing “Leaning In” and progressed to the first Aer Lingus female pilot. I recalled a conversation long ago with my Dad, who trained Aer Lingus pilots. Avoiding answering the question about what I had achieved in school that day, I pushed back to Dad and enquired what had he achieved?

He started talking about how he was training the first Aer Lingus female pilot, and that they had been working in the Simulator that day. Months later I saw a shot on the front of the paper (her first flight was in January, 1978) of Captain Grainne Cronin, sitting in the cockpit proudly, after receiving her wings. (the pic above was a retirement pic in 2010 after 33 years as a pilot)

I headed off to chat to Dad; “Was that the same girl that he was in the Simulator with?” “Yes”, he replied “ and what is going to make her so great is that she saw beyond the Cumulus clouds and really worked hard to achieve her goal. Sometimes when you are a woman you have to push yourself even more to grab hold of your dreams”.

Because of Captain Cronin’s dream and hard work breaking the mould, many other women were empowered to follow their dreams, and Aer Lingus now employs more female pilots that the global average of around 10%.

So let us ladies take a moment and celebrate the ‘first women’, those who break new ground and make the rest of us realise that we can go as far as our capabilities allow: Presidential Nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Mary Robinson, Attorney General Maire Whelan and Chief Justice Susan Denham.

Ladies and Gentleman fasten your seat belts we are going through the Cumulus clouds, Have a safe flight!

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Aisling White is an Account Director with Fuzion PR, Marketing and Graphic Design based in our office in Dublin, Ireland

Ronnie Corbett and 10 PR Tips

April 4, 2016

Ronnie Corbett and 10 PR Tips

Words and all their meanings were delivered straight to the camera from Ronnie Corbett’s arm chair.

His marvellous meandering monologues (The Two Ronnies) came to mind this week as I reflected on his passing. His super, well constructed easy humour had a certain innocence that did not offend.

It did get me thinking about the English language and how important it is to be clear. The incredibly funny skit with Ronnie Barker in the hardware store, where only after much toing and froing does it become apparent that he wanted to buy “fork handles” instead of the “four candles” highlights this perfectly.

There was also a really funny interaction within a conversation about purchasing ‘O’s. Ronnie Barker first supplies a garden hoe, then a length of hose & finally Ronnie Corbett says “no, the letter “O”!”.

It got me thinking about PR and press releases and pitching to the media and how important it is to be clear when pitching a news story about..eh..a new range of candles:

  1. Get to the point: Tell the journalists what has happened, what is being launched or who is doing what. Add some brief context about the company, the product and perhaps the market that both either addresses. Flowery, descriptive stuff in the first paragraphs is like fog on a sea-rescue mission!
  2. Basic facts: Are you launching a product? How much it is? Where is it available?
  3. Conciseness and readability wins: A brief succinct summary of the event, product, executive or story at the top of the release makes you the PR star of the day.
  4. Fonts: Don’t try to be fancy or use special effects. Your goal is to be readable and as clear as possible, not to win a digital calligraphy contest.
  5. Avoid making your pitch sound like an awards speech: Try not to use adverbs and descriptive terms to make it ‘sound better’. This dilutes the credibility of your pitch. For example do not say that you are launching an amazing, must-have new app that taps into the latest cloud computing paradigm in the industry. I thought you were launching candles??? Be clear that you are launching an app that does A,B and C, in the context of D, E and F: that the market is currently G and that your client is available to contact at H (email) and I (mobile)
  6. Journalists advice: A well known, wonderful journalist in The Irish Independent (now a friend) once rang me after I sent in a pitch saying “Aisling, I will decide if the PRODUCT/SERVICE? is amazing and if it will work in the feature!
  7. Personalise: Always personalise your email pitch and take the time to acknowledge something the journalist has written or some other personalised note.
  8. Follow up: Be friendly, polite and happy when you follow up with a phone call. Know their deadlines and always ask if they have time to talk.
  9. Smile: Remember, they can hear a smile in your voice.
  10. Manners: Say thank you when a journalist covers something for you – it takes so little time and means a lot.

While writing this, I’ve just heard that a cement lorry has collided with a minibus carrying prisoners to Portlaoise Jail. Gardai are now looking for 13 hardened criminals.

Ronnie Corbett RIP ..we will miss you!

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Aisling White is an Account Director with Fuzion PR, Marketing and Graphic Design based in our office in Dublin, Ireland

Wake up and smell the hops!

August 13, 2015

digital hub

I was enjoying my ‘Dublin Bike’ as I cycled through Dublin city on the way to a new client meeting in The Digital Hub. I did something I had not done for a while.. I stopped for 5 minutes in Merrion Square and looked up!

I was so busy in my head thinking about the clever rebrand we had completed for our client and planning the meeting, that I was totally unaware of my surroundings.  We are all so busy being busy, on our computers, phones and mobiles and working towards deadlines and keeping all our fantastic clients happy, that we forget to stop,  look and think.

I noticed the wonderful buildings and carefully crafted roofs and pillars that I had never seen before and thought about the rich emotional Irish history and all the folk that walked on those streets before us. My colleague Greg used to work at the Guinness Brewery at St.James Gate and at offices right on the same site as the Digital Hub, not knowing that Fuzion was coming down the line.

As I walked into the meeting I made a promise to myself that I would become more aware – aware of my team and their experiences and how we can share and work together for our clients. All the meetings, brainstorms and Google hangouts have added to the rich tapestry of experience that our team has. We all have a fusion of feelings, experiences, interests and personality types to bring to the table for our clients and this makes for a really creative dynamic where literally anything can happen and great ideas can come from any brainstorm.

This new level of awareness made me listen even more at the meeting and learn from our clients, who are being really bold and brave about their new branding.

The meeting went well, and Greg gave me a lift back to the office, nah it was in his car, enough bike riding for one day!

That was a really happy ‘aware’ day  

#WinHappy
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Aisling White is an Account Director with Fuzion PR, Marketing and Graphic Design based in our office in Dublin, Ireland

Stop and listen to the birds!

May 19, 2015

Wood PIgeons

It was just one of those weekend days that I stopped and actually listened – I keep trying to remember that I have two ears and one mouth, so I am trying to spend more time focusing on the ‘two‘ rather than ‘one‘.

My Mum still lives in our wonderful family home with a magical garden,  and there is still that smell in the garden that I recall as a child – it smells of hope and being grateful for lovely happy days.

Arthur Ransome - Pigeon PostI remember thinking I hope heaven has a garden like this (I was probably 6) – as I looked up from reading Arthur Ransome’s “Pigeon Post” under the trees.

So there I was a few weeks ago and I stopped –  and heard what sounded like the same wood pigeons, on the same branches, on the same beech trees  – having the same conversations.

Whoo hoooo whooo hoooo ho ho” the four long throaty tweets followed by two shorter tweets. Then cousin pigeon replies with exactly the same four long throaty tweets followed by two shorter tweets. It was exactly the same noises the wood pigeons made years ago, and again I had the same feelings of hope and being grateful.

The pigeons have no clue about their tweeting and how their conversations made me feel.

Things have changed a lot since “Pigeon Post” but the tweets on the branch made me smile, and made me feel better on a day that hadn’t started so great.

Sometimes it’s good to just stop and listen..

Aisling White 

Aisling White is an Account Director with Fuzion PR, Marketing and Graphic Design based in our office in Dublin, Ireland

Praying Media Mantis

March 24, 2015

Praying Mantis

I was trying to figure out what a visitor from Mars would make of the situation.

A long moving tube squashed with human beings, all of whom were striking the same pose,  the only difference being some were on their feet and some were seated.

Seated folk had their necks bent and focussed –  as if praying  – on a small rectangular shape, with wires plugged into their ears. Standing folk echoed the same pose, neck bent, face fully focussed on the same rectangular shape but with one hand.

One could easily assume this was a religious cult and perhaps the leader was giving the morning gospel to all members? Such intense focus and concentration on this small rectangular shape. Passengers could be jostled and pushed but still, they remained intensely silent and incredibly focussed.

Perception is not always reality..

I realised the pose reminded me of a Praying Mantis and yet the folk were regular Luas passengers on their morning commute. As it is early in the working day, brains and minds are clear – yet hungry to absorb, either with eyes or ears. From time to time I understood that passengers were listening to the same channel, as they smiled in time with each other.

Thought for the day..

Morning commuters are edgier and ready to absorb more than at any other time of the day. Think about it and communicate early with your audience – time to prey on your praying media mantis!

Let us go in peace..

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Aisling White is an Account Director with Fuzion PR, Marketing and Graphic Design based in our office in Dublin, Ireland

 

 


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