Created By Annie Jennings PR, National Publicist  

Crabs In The Basket: It’s Bigger Than You

Crabs in a basket is a combination of urban legend meets YouTube. While there are a few different versions of the story, (one seen on YouTube) there is one I like best. Picture the kitchen of a restaurant. In a backroom is a basket of crabs, [...]

Want To Get In The Conversation Fast? Build Your Own On Ramp

We kind of take the entrance ramp for granted. We are so used to getting on the ramp that we fail to see its value. Think about the purpose of the on ramp. Its purpose is to facilitate a car going from street to expressway as quickly as possible. [...]

5 Reasons I Am A Hotel Only Girl And What It Means To You

With every new technology I have tried to embrace the newness. I tried Snapchat and Instagram. Years ago I gave up my beloved flip phone. I have a SMART TV that is smarter than me. I stream Netflix and Amazon like a junkie and I was one of the [...]
What Going the Extra Mile Really Looks Like: 1000 Rings

What Going the Extra Mile Really Looks Like: 1000 Rings

If you are like me, you may be tired of this election process and need something else to focus on. I know I do. This election cycle has given “he said” “she said” a whole new meaning. When I heard about the “1000 rings” it was like [...]

It’s The Communication!

“It’s the economy.” The phrase “The economy“, which James Carville had coined as a campaign strategist of Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign against sitting President George H. W. Bush, has [...]
Princess Leia Asks: Do You Have Grit?

Princess Leia Asks: Do You Have Grit?

Whether or not you were a Star Wars fan, there is no doubting the effect and influence of the Star Wars movies and the franchise. After Carrie Fisher died, I was reminded of women’s status in our real world and the world of Darth Vader in [...]
When an Urban Legend Comes to Life: Sometimes a Unicorn is Real

When an Urban Legend Comes to Life: Sometimes a Unicorn is Real

Wikipedia tells us that an urban legend is a form of modern folklore consisting of fictional stories deeply rooted in local popular culture. A unicorn is an example of urban myth as is ice cream with no calories. Some things just don’t exist. At [...]
You Can’t Always Know – Say Yes Whenever You Can

You Can’t Always Know – Say Yes Whenever You Can

I tell my clients that good things happen when you increase your visibility. The more you are in the spotlight, the more good things happen. I can’t tell clients exactly what will happen, but I guarantee good things of some variety will happen. Recently [...]
The Glass Ceiling is Replaced by the Glass Shoe

The Glass Ceiling is Replaced by the Glass Shoe

We have all heard about the glass ceiling. Whether you believe it exists or not, you have heard about it. For those unfamiliar with the term, the glass ceiling is defined as an unofficially acknowledged barrier to advancement in a profession, [...]
Campy was Right, I was Wrong and LeBron was

Campy was Right, I was Wrong and LeBron was Somewhere in the Middle

I often talk about sports. I refer to examples in politics too. The main reason I talk about both is that they are such public examples of effective and less than effective communication. Sports is a public example of protecting one’s value [...]
The Good Wife Comes to an End: What is a Good Wife Anyway

The Good Wife Comes to an End: What is a Good Wife Anyway

The TV show The Good Wife ended after seven seasons the same week-end that Frankie & Grace returned for Season 2. How coincidental that Alicia Florek literally ended both the series and her tenure standing by her man as Frankie & Grace [...]
For You or From You: Good Enough Isn’t Enough to be Great

For You or From You: Good Enough Isn’t Enough to be Great

This hotel was like the little engine that could . . . it kind of could, it almost could, and it just couldn’t quite. Recently we stayed at a different hotel than we usually stay at while visiting family in Santa Monica. The location we usually [...]
Has a Sentence Ever Hit You Over the Head Like a Ton of Bricks?

Has a Sentence Ever Hit You Over the Head Like a Ton of Bricks?

Has a sentence ever hit you over the head like a ton of bricks? Isn’t it interesting the effect a sentence of words can have in a split second? We often think we have to talk someone into something, or the more we say the convincing we will [...]

Can You Make a Convertible into a Hard Top? Can You Make a Hard Top into a Convertible?

I used to try to make a car into something that it wasn’t meant to be. Before you laugh, did you ever try to make a lap dog into a watch dog or a one page report into a 20 page report? When I bought my first car I would take each car I was [...]

Are You the Emperor?

It was said about one of the presidential candidates who has suspended their campaign, that “the problem, many donors say they believe, is that there wasn’t anyone on the team who both recognized his shortcomings and was willing to point [...]

Is There Anything Verifiable We Can Really Count On? Polls, Pundits and Polarizing Opinions

Recently a client called upset with his CEO. He read the handwriting on the wall. Or so he thought. He just wasn’t sure what the handwriting was saying. Should the client stay? Should the client leave? Should he look at the myriad of other [...]

A Toast Needs a Ghost: 3 Reasons Why Wedding Toasts Are So Painful

A Toast Needs a Ghost: 3 Reasons WHY Wedding Toasts Are So Painful My feet were permanently damaged. Or so I thought. Standing for an hour in shoes not designed for standing made me a temporary cripple. In fact, standing for over an hour listening [...]

Why Exceptions are Important Especialy on the Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house . . . Mice or not, I just needed a room at the inn. I scheduled a well-known hospitality venue for a stay over the holidays. Rather than the traditional hotel, I opted for this billion [...]

Do You Find a Way to Win or a Way to Lose? There May Be an Inner Browns Fan in All of Us

It’s not easy being a Browns Fan. We have endured a change of coach every 2 and a fraction years. The Browns have had 13 starting quarterbacks since 1999, 22 quarterbacks that have played in parts of games, and 3 different owners in 16 years. [...]

LeBron Knows: Do You Know What You Need to be Successful?

In Game 5 of this season, LeBron tore the sleeves off of his jersey while on the court at Madison Square Garden. He knew what he needed to do to be successful. Kevin Love rolled up the sleeve of the jersey on his shooting arm. Perhaps the sleeves [...]

What Kind of Buy-In Do You Need to Move Forward

Buy-in is very much a 21st century word. I grew up in Akron Oh when Akron was rubber capital of the world. Firestone, Goodyear, Goodrich, General and the world made tires in Akron. We were taught in elementary school that Akron was the tire [...]

Change is good. Transformation is even better.

We use words all the time. Often we don’t really know or think about their meaning. Heart murmur was a word like that. Until my dog was diagnosed with one, I didn’t really know what it was. In business we use words like change and transform [...]

The Bridge of Love in Paris – The Picture of Compromise

I am not a big fan of compromise. Yet I understand its role in our personal and professional lives. I wish compromise meant we did it my way. On a recent visit to Paris, France (not Paris, Texas) I saw an image that was to me the picture of [...]

David Versus Goliath: 3 Things Parents and Graduates of 2015 Need to Know

Congrats on your child’s recent graduation. You were probably fortunate enough to hear a great commencement speaker at a college graduation. Robert De Niro, Maya Rudolph, Jon Bon Jovi, the Obama’s, and Flo from the Progressive Insurance [...]

What A Saying On The Venice Boardwalk Has To Do With You

“Cool story babe, Now make me a sandwich.” The boardwalk in Venice, California is filled with every cliché imaginable. That includes people and product!  The woman looks normal until she starts talking about the impending invasion. [...]

What Sarah Palin and Lebron James Have in Common . . . Sort Of

I admit it. I had a lot of problems with Sarah Palin. What I had the most problems with her was when she was running for Vice President of this country. It was her attitude about education and elitism that ‘got me”. With her degree from [...]

What We All Have in Common with Claire Underwood from House of Cards

There is much I do not have in common with Claire the Ice Queen Underwood. I can only wish to look like she does in a simple blouse and skirt. And the backless dress she wore for the Russian State Dinner, well forget that. I couldn’t even [...]

No More #AskHerMore

Reese Witherspoon took to Instagram the afternoon of the Oscars to make a point: to ask journalists to ask the women on the red carpet more than “who are you wearing?” A phrase made famous by Joan Rivers. From my perspective she is standing [...]

What We Can Learn from the Super Bowl

Whether you are a sport fan or not, whether you are a Patriot fan or not, we all can learn from Super Bowl 49. For that matter, we can learn from sports in general. On one hand we have heard about sports and their analogy to life, for our whole [...]

Confidence V Arrogance: Defining Words We Use All the Time

At the recent State of the Union President Obama drew loud applause from Republicans when he began a section of his remarks, “I have no more campaigns to run.” Departing from his prepared speech, Obama responded to the surprise applause [...]

Is The Philosophy Of Sales The Same Wherever You Go?

The dilapidated sidewalks of the old city of Puerto Vallarta talked to me every day. Every day I would walk the two miles along the beachfront Malacan, the home of time share and tequila vendors alike. Truly those sidewalks came alive with the [...]

All Relationships Take Two To Develop: One Person Can’t Do It Alone

The owner of the kind of expensive restaurant navigated the dining room as though it was the school cafeteria. It was like an adult version of the high school cafeteria with the cool kids at one table, the rich kids at another, and then there [...]

What Is An Ugly Win And Why We Want Them

In sports they call them ugly wins. But in sports a win is still a win. There is no asterisk by an ugly win. It counts just like any other win. Whether the team came from 30 points behind or almost lost a big lead, it counts like any other win. [...]
Do You Know When to Follow and When to Lead? It Took LeBron 13,322 Days to Learn

Do You Know When to Follow and When to Lead? It Took LeBron 13,322 Days to Learn

Cleveland waited 13,322 days. For 13,322 days fans held their breath. Four years adds up to 13,322 days of losing, and not being a part of the sports world. The Q, the building where the Cavaliers play, waited 13,322 days to be relevant once [...]

Whether You Are A Dog Person Or Not, This Blog Is For You

You probably have seen or heard about the Michael Vick Dogs. Remember that horrible chapter in life and the NFL when Vick went to prison for dog fighting. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary came to the forefront for many that had been unaware of [...]