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04.13.17

United Breaks Communication Rules

Amongst United's PR nightmare, the Dallas Business Journal looked to quote Merrie Spaeth, Jimmy Kimmel and fellow Dallas communicator Jo Trizila. You can read the full article in the DBJ, but we've pulled out our top three lessons here: Ask…more 


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04.05.17

BIMBO Nominees for April 2017

No April Fools here, we really did have this many BIMBOs! Throughout all our different categories we have running themes: executives, those in the political sphere and Twitter examples dominate this month. We also offer leadership advice, our favorite video…more 

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03.27.17

Ready, Set, Go: The Power of a Good Introduction

Delphi, the automotive parts supplier, recently hosted a matchmaking event in El Paso. They brought together about 200 women- and minority-owned businesses (for the 22nd time, in fact!) from parts manufacturers to promotional products companies to staffing agencies to communications…more 

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03.14.17

March Madness and the Power of Twitter

#MarchMadness is officially upon us. And although I will admit to being a total homer for @SMUBasketball, the most interesting communication lesson comes from Illinois State. @Redbird_MBB was left out of the field of 68 after what appeared, on paper,…more 

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03.02.17

BIMBO Nominees for March 2017

There are many useful examples this month! More BIMBO comments and examples from all levels of American politics as well as an Italian prosecutor, the usually perfect Bill Kristol and the never perfect Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sen. Rand Paul does a…more 

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02.27.17

When Clients Collide: Spreading the Word about the Power of Ambassadors

Spaeth clients know that we will travel anywhere and everywhere to work with them. I have been a member of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce for two years now, but I am based in Columbus, Georgia—a three to five hour…more 

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02.14.17

The Top 7 Reasons we LOVE Communications

This year to celebrate Valentine’s Day we asked the Spaeth team to share why they “heart” comms. Here are the results: #7 You’re Punny…Trading puns is a favorite pastime in our household. One of my proudest moments was when my…more 

02.08.17

Spaeth 30th Anniversary

On Feb. 6, 1987, President Ronald Reagan celebrated his 76th birthday. His Director of Media Relations had already left for Texas. In Dallas, she founded Spaeth Communications, Inc., on the faith of a couple clients and one key insight. We…more 

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02.08.17

Influencing Memory: What Matters is What People Remember

If you’re a Spaeth devotee, you know that our fundamental insight is to structure communication to influence what a listener hears, believes and remembers.  A recent article from an editor at Scientific American, describes how much of what we remember…more 

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02.01.17

BIMBO Nominees for January 2017 and February 2017

Lots of examples in this memo! Additional BIMBOs from the general secretary of Britain’s largest trade union, an IBM executive, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) unintentionally revealing the Democrats’ underlying problems, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler, former Gov. Jeb Bush, a…more 

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01.24.17

Get Ready for your Close-Up

What do current movies like “Jackie” and “Moonlight” have to do with your ability to communicate to your employees and customers? Well, besides watercooler talk about both films touting Oscar nominations this year, they’re video-enabled stories. This is something you’ve…more 

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01.11.17

Storytelling and the Menendez Brothers

Here at Spaeth, the power and relevance of storytelling proves a consistent message. While storytelling is a pivotal tool in any field, good attorneys know good storytelling can win a case. Recently ABC aired Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers,…more 

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01.02.17

Strategies that Stick

According to the latest annual survey by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) developing strategy is an important goal for corporate directors. Of the over 50 percent of directors who claim to care deeply about strategy, I hope their…more 

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12.22.16

No, We Don’t Cause Anything

If we could give you the perfect Spaeth-themed holiday gift, it might be this Comcast video. The delight centers on the power of an anecdote (as Merrie likes to say, “Isn’t all evidence anecdotal?”) and journeys through several communication lessons:…more 

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12.15.16

It’s Snowing Communication Lessons

Since the chances of a white Christmas in Dallas are generally slim, I jumped at the chance to see snow in the Rockies for a client this week. We always tell people to ask “Who’s my audience?” That became scarily…more 

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12.08.16

No Matter What Platform, Authenticity is the Key

Does it seem as if social media platforms are proliferating faster than rabbits? Many of us are barely keeping up with LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and yes, Instagram, but now Snapchat has been dubbed by The New York Times “one of…more 

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12.08.16

BIMBO Nominees for December 2016

Is the election over? Although we still have some lingering campaign BIMBOs, we hope you enjoy a respite from the red and blue. Additional BIMBOs from legendary hedge fund founder Ray Dalio, San Francisco 49ers quarterback and resident kneeler Colin…more 

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11.10.16

Cracking the Glass Ceiling: a Look at the Numbers

The dream of a woman president is still alive, and it all starts with an example of one of our favorite memory drivers:  statistics. Remember, numbers always need context or they are meaningless to your audience. It has taken almost…more 

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11.02.16

BIMBO Nominees for November 2016

You may have caught Merrie on Facebook Live at the Newseum last week. ICYMI, it’s a great introduction to this new technology and a reminder of the ways your audiences are now seeking to engage. We don’t have as many…more 

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10.13.16

Oh Kale No:  The Dangers of “Healthy” Food

In this hectic political season, let’s take a step away from politics and toward something truly nourishing: food. You may be wondering, what does Spaeth—a communications firm—have to say about food? Well actually quite a bit (and not just because…more 

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10.06.16

BIMBO Nominees for October 2016

Another banner month for verbal blunders! BIMBOs from Fed Chairman Yellen, Michigan Football Coach Jim Harbaugh, an Emory ethnobotanist and Maine Governor LePage. Wrong Thing to Say features the colorful Philippines president with the addition of an A+ response by…more 

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10.04.16

Shattering the Ceiling

I recently returned from the Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference in Novi, Michigan full of knowledge and inspiration. We were delighted to receive our certification as a Women-Owned Business earlier this year. If you’re familiar with Spaeth, you’ll know we’re…more 

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09.20.16

The Power of the Personal Anecdote

Two things in life are certain:  death and taxes. And in the realm of business travel, I’d like to add “flight delays” to the aforementioned list. I generally feel overdue for a delay about every third flight. Like clockwork, I…more 

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09.06.16

BIMBO Nominees for September 2016

Summer is officially winding down, but our BIMBO comments continue to ramp up. This month we have Russian fans and a Russian businessman, the CEO of Microsoft and a New York lawyer--to name a few. A German diver gave us…more 

Shakespeare
08.29.16

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players…”

I recently had the opportunity to tour Oxford, London and Stratford-Upon-Avon to witness all-things Shakespeare. While I work with “words” for a living, my husband does as well, albeit in a slightly different manner. He is a professor of acting,…more 

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08.15.16

An Olympic-Sized Guarantee You’ll Regret Making

Just ten days ago, International Olympic Committee spokesperson Mario Andrada guaranteed that Olympians would compete safely in the 2016 games. That “guarantee” was a risky assurance in light of Zika fears, high crime reports and dilapidated housing for the athletes.…more 

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08.11.16

Have You Seen the Newest Hand Gesture?

While we’re usually preaching about the importance of storytelling, we also pay attention to delivery skills (#PhelpsFace anyone?). Here’s the latest: putting your left hand over your heart signifies that you feel deeply, are humbled by the attention or are…more 

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08.09.16

Say No to #PhelpsFace

Welcome to the Summer Olympics, or another two weeks of watching Michael Phelps dominate the news coverage. We’ve all seen his adorable infant son (who convinced him to break his rigid routines), got caught up in his physical therapy methods…more 

Rio
08.05.16

Can You Guarantee:  The Olympic Committee Gives it a Try

“Can you guarantee that X won’t happen?” That’s one of our formula questions; that is, it should be expected in certain circumstances. When there’s an accident or something goes wrong, the question is, “Can you guarantee it won’t happen again?”…more 

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08.04.16

BIMBO Nominees for August 2016

What a month! We’ve got quite a few comments. See BIMBOs from Martha Stewart, Japanese Prime Minister Abe and President Obama. Examples of The Wrong Thing To Say from Rep. Hank Johnson, U.K. Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom and the White…more 

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07.27.16

The Ten Laws of Trust: Important Lessons from a Great Leader

Joel Peterson, the chairman of JetBlue and former managing partner of the Trammell Crow Company (full disclosure, we worked for Joel for a number of years in the 1990s) has written a slim but important book distilling his decades of…more 

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07.25.16

The Art of the Interview

Miss America and C-suite executives have more in common than you think. Having just finished a book written for pageant contestants and another with tips from a headhunter, I could almost switch the covers and not know the difference. I…more 

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07.22.16

Trump Rehearses and Follows the Rules – Successfully

Donald Trump finally got religion – at least as far as speech giving is concerned. He obviously rehearsed; he had a structured presentation and incorporated the basic lesson that all executives (and candidates!) need to learn. Let’s tick them off:…more 

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07.21.16

What Melania’s White Dress Teaches us About Communication

With all the chatter – and even a rejected resignation by the speech writer – related to Melania Trump’s convention speech, I’d like to call your attention to a matter that made a splash on the fashion radar. Stick with…more 

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07.19.16

Commanding and Holding Attention: Insights from Voir Dire

Commanding and holding the attention of a large group of people is challenging under any circumstance. However, when those people are in a jury pool, getting and keeping their attention can be almost impossible. Recently, I was one of that…more 

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07.13.16

Dancing Dubya

While Dallas still reels from the last week’s deadly attacks on our police force, the nation has begun to chatter about a local resident dancing at a memorial service. Tuesday’s visit from President Obama was a somber one. He joined…more 

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07.08.16

#DallasStrong Communication

Tragedies now stream in real time. Unfortunately, we have too many examples to illustrate the pervasiveness of these sorts of shootings. Beginning this week in Baton Rouge and escalating to another tragic death in Minnesota live-streamed by the victim’s fiancée,…more 

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07.08.16

BIMBO Nominees for July 2016

Another month, another set of BIMBO comments. We have comments regarding an expansion to the Panama Canal and quips from President Obama and football player Dion Jordan. Examples of Wrong Thing to Say from the always inappropriate Martin Shkreli, @TheDailyShow,…more 

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07.07.16

Video Conferencing—You’re on TV!

There’s a new stage fright:  48 percent of people say they worry more about how they’ll look on a video conference than what they’ll talk about according to a Highfive/Zogby poll. The top four excuses for wiggling out of a…more 

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07.07.16

Building a Strong Communication Foundation

I recently had the opportunity to visit with some of the brightest minds in construction project management. ARCO recruits its PMs (project managers) from top schools in civil or structural engineering. In addition to a strong foundation (pun intended) in…more 

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07.06.16

What Learning a Second Language Taught Me About Communicating in My First

This past spring I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. During this time I travelled, drank sangria, ate a nauseating amount of Spanish ham and even attended a bullfight. While each was incredible, it was my immersion in the Spanish language…more 

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06.23.16

Red Alert: Security is a Job for Everyone

“Employees are our most important asset.” How many times have we heard that mantra? Employees are the face of the company. Employees create our culture. We’ve preached that for 30 years, and we think we were among the first to…more 

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06.22.16

Why Bankers Need to Learn to Tell Stories to Prevent the End of the World as We Know It

Every banker should pay attention to the topics discussed at the Massachusetts Bankers Association’s Women in Banking Conference. Topics drifted from Storytelling as a Leadership Tool (my portion) to how to develop your personal brand and technology game changers. As…more 

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06.08.16

BIMBO Nominees for June 2016

What a month! 2016 has offered too many campaign BIMBOs to count and this month’s section is all about the Donald. We’ve got more BIMBO comments from a former Lyft driver in Austin, an infantry recruit and a biologist creating…more 

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06.06.16

“No Shots, No School. It’s the law!” Muhammad Ali and Me

Muhammad Ali wasn’t just an international star. He was accessible.  In 1977, Carol Bellamy was the President of the New York City Council. One of her projects was to make sure that all children, particularly minority and low income children,…more 

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05.25.16

A Failure to Communicate

Paul Newman’s immortal words in the 1967 movie “Cool Hand Luke” are also the headline of an article in HRMagazine about the latest survey from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.   Their findings aligned perfectly with what we’ve…more 

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05.20.16

The Power of a Handwritten Note

What can regular citizens learn from the office of Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr.? Hint:  it’s not foreign policy. (He’s the man in charge of military operations in the Asia-Pacific Region creating shockwaves with his blunt criticism of China.)  …more 

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05.05.16

BIMBO Nominees for May 2016

This month’s memo is huge, it’s tremendous, it’s the best ever….. Ok, ok I’m channeling our perpetual BIMBO Donald Trump, but we’ve got a great campaign section yet again. Additional gaffes come from President Obama, the Department of Energy spokesperson…more 

Monumentsmen
04.22.16

The Pleasure of Watching a Client Shine

Nothing’s more rewarding than helping a client move from competent to great, from presenter to performer. Robert Edsel, author of “Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe’s Great Art—America and Her Allies Recovered It,” created the Monuments Men…more 

Southwest
04.21.16

The Benefits of a Great Reputation

It’s true that a great reputation takes years to build and can be lost in an instant, but a stellar reputation can also be very handy in rough moments. A great example is the front page editorial in the Dallas…more 

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04.19.16

A Frog in a Sock

Monday, we reported on the stiff, unrehearsed apology Johnny Depp and Amber Heard gave to the Australian government for not declaring their dogs “Boo” and “Pistol” to Customs when they arrived in the country in the spring of 2015. We…more 

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04.18.16

Five More Reasons Depp and Heard Should be Sorry

In an almost unprecedented move, actor Johnny Depp and his wife, model Amber Heard, issued a video apology to the government of Australia after failing to declare their dogs “Pistol” and “Boo” to the Australian Customs Service. The video allowed…more 

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04.18.16

Shame on You, Mr. Trump

Donald Trump’s most recent quote in The Washington Post should officially disqualify him from becoming the Republican nominee for President. There has been such a stream of “bad words” from Trump that it has been hard to identify the most…more 

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04.14.16

You’re Fired…And You’re Hired: Communicating Via Video

Believe it or not, this is not a Donald Trump quote. The only piece of advice you should take from Trump is his ability to use television to his advantage. He has benefitted significantly from his “The Apprentice” franchise in…more 

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04.13.16

The Masters, Tiger Woods and How to Succeed in Business

The storied history of the Masters, latest crushing defeat for Jordan Spieth and surprising win by Danny Willett conjures memories of another famous golfer: Tiger Woods. Woods has lived most of his life in the public eye,  becoming a golf…more 

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03.31.16

BIMBO Nominees for April 2016

April showers bring—another predictable month of campaign comments! There’s even a special section for those of you who are political junkies—which might be all of us this election season. Additional BIMBOs from Richard Simmons’ press agent, Michigan’s Attorney General, President…more 

Moneyballblog
03.23.16

What Baseball Can Teach Us About the Changing Media Landscape

Spring training must be in the air because here I am engrossed in “Moneyball”, Michael Lewis’ 2003 bestseller about the 2002 Oakland A’s. As the farthest thing from a baseball fan, I can attest to Lewis’ tremendous skill at making…more 

03.18.16

Rubi-NO: Consistency is key in image and messaging

Now that Marco Rubio has ended his campaign, commentators are rushing to recount what went wrong. The writing was on the wall well before Rubio delivered his honorable speech Tuesday night. But what can communicators learn from the (imagined) rise…more 

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03.11.16

Honestly, it was just a matter of time…

Today’s Wall Street Journal’s Twitter headline caught my eye because I love a good pun. It read, “Trendy Detergent Caught in Spin Cycle.” It also caught my eye because I have been following the Honest Company’s rise to success with…more 

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03.10.16

O Canada Live

Social media darling and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (#PMJT) is currently frolicking in Washington (instead of with pandas) for the first Canadian state visit in 19 years. Appropriately, @JustinTrudeau turned to Periscope to livestream his press conference with President…more 

Merrie
03.08.16

A Salute to a Great Lady - And a Reminder to Take Our Own Advice

As Special Assistant to President Reagan and Director of Media Relations at the White House, I had several unique interactions with Mrs. Reagan. When ABC's Dallas affiliate station, WFAA, contacted me for a few comments, we tried to follow the…more 

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03.03.16

BIMBO Nominees for March 2016

What a bounty this month! Martin Shkreli returns as the winner with a bonus—his lawyer. The two runners-up illustrate the Wrong Thing to Say. Additional BIMBOs come from Yoko Ono and Germany’s finance minister. More Wrong Thing to Say examples from…more 

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03.02.16

Rescue Yourself

Like many of you, I was glued to the television on Super Tuesday, watching the presidential primary returns. During the candidates’ speeches, my focus was drawn to a secondary player:  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Granted, we don’t know what…more 

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02.29.16

Missing from VW’s Response? Its Own People

Criticism continues for VW, months after their decision to cheat on vehicle emissions tests first came to light. When found out, its global leaders tried to blame a few “rogue” engineers. It didn’t fly. Now, they have a new CEO,…more 

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02.12.16

Bad Advice

Regular readers of our blog know one of my rants is how much you can pay for bad advice. That seems to be particularly true about advice about presentation skills, specifically in the category of body language. Once more—for the…more 

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02.08.16

The Super Bowl of Communication

Let’s just say you’re a star NFL quarterback. You’re a household name nearing the end of your career, ready for retirement. But if the right offer comes along, you may decide to don a new jersey for a season or…more 

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02.08.16

What Cam Newton and Martin Shkreli Have in Common

What does Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton have in common with ex-drug company CEO Martin Shkreli? They both offer recent examples of some of the most common mistakes in communication--mistakes that cast them in a bad light. Even more serious,…more 

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02.04.16

The Infographic That Said Too Much

The internet is abuzz with the CDC’s latest set of recommendations to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome. Or, as it turned out as a USA Today headline: “CDC: Young women should avoid alcohol unless using birth control.” Preventing fetal alcohol syndrome?…more 

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02.04.16

BIMBO Nominees for January and February 2016

Wow! What a winter! Even though we’re combining two months after the holidays, we had more submissions than ever before. Our top honor goes to Donald Trump for “refusing to call” Megyn Kelly a “bimbo.” You can’t make this stuff…more 

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01.28.16

Twitter and Your C-Suite Executives

Scores of C-Suite executives are watching the presidential campaigns with an attitude of amused detachment. Surely the primary sniping, posturing and preening doesn’t affect them, does it? Yes, it does. USA Today summed it up nicely:  “Though not a single…more 

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01.13.16

Kabuki and State of the Union

President Obama’s last State of the Union was Kabuki theatre, the stylized Japanese drama combining highly-scripted and predictable copy, plot lines and elaborate staging. Such was the State of the Union. Spaeth clients can scrape a few lessons – also…more 

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01.05.16

My Healthcare Prediction for 2016 is a “No Brainer”

While Spaeth is well known for promoting the benefits of video-enabled communication, the healthcare industry is on the cusp of an exciting change that will not only improve outcomes, but increase patient satisfaction. What is the magic solution you might…more 

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12.18.15

2015 BIMBO of the Year

You might think that common sense would keep people from saying things like our winning BIMBOs for 2015, but it doesn’t. In fact, our natural habits are frequently dangerous. The BIMBO award is just an opportunity for us to remind…more 

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12.16.15

Through the Looking Glass: Camera, Camera, Camera

Tuesday night’s debate was interesting in many respects, but the closing statements offered one important lesson for everyone in today’s non-reading world (people listen and watch –but they don’t read)! In the closing statements, most of the candidates understood that…more 

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12.08.15

The Next Generation

One of the most rewarding things about having my own small company is mentoring successive generations of talented young people. The American Bankers Association invited me (again) to their annual conference for a panel. What began as a panel on…more 

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12.04.15

BIMBO Nominees for December 2015

It’s time to wrap up another year of BIMBO comments! We hope this month gives you some timely advice in advance of the holiday season. Getting excited for Christmas? Kentucky Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo thinks Jesus was a…more 

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12.03.15

Instamatic Response

Years ago there was the Kodak Instamatic Camera. You snapped a picture and, in a few seconds, out popped a picture. (Remember? You had to immediately coat it with a chapstick-like goo.) It’s the predecessor to the ubiquitous Instagram and…more 

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11.12.15

Formula Questions

Tuesday night’s GOP debate showed a number of what we call formula questions. One of these is the “guarantee” question:  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush got two. First, he was asked, “Can you guarantee that you will have tax reform in…more 

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11.01.15

BIMBO Nominees for November 2015

What a full month of BIMBOs and blunders! We bundled the presidential campaigns separately and see additional BIMBOs from the co-founder of a “Yelp for People” app to an attorney for a coal company CEO. We have examples of “Wrong…more 

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10.16.15

Maybe Things Haven’t Changed That Much

Articles abound about how young people—Millennials, Gen Y, snake people—are all social media addicts, just interested in texting, Snapchat, Instagram or whatever. Forget boring conversations and face-to-face meetings. I was pleased to see a study conducted by Mattersight Corporation of…more 

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10.09.15

Just Rogue Engineers? Reminder of the Webster Way

Volkswagen of America Inc. has decided to hang its future on the word “rogue.” It’s a bad choice. They should fire the lawyer or PR firm advising it. Rogue is Volkswagen’s explanation—and excuse—for the global debacle over the discovery that…more 

October 2015
10.01.15

BIMBO Nominees for October 2015

This has been a delightful month for communication controversy! We have so many BIMBOs from former Secretary of State Clinton’s campaign that she gets a whole section, which includes comments from her defenders like Joe Trippi. Other nominees come from…more 

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09.25.15

A “Stunning” Overreaction

Does anyone know Alex, a lawyer in the U.K. who had the misfortune to be pleasant and reach out to Charlotte, another attorney, with the comment that her picture on LinkedIn was “stunning?” (Plus three exclamation points.) If this seems…more 

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09.22.15

Vote for Merrie

If you’ve learned something invaluable and want others to benefit too, please vote to ensure Merrie appears at TEDxSMU! You can vote one time per email address between now and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 27 (to be specific). Please…more 

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09.17.15

GOP Debate Recap

Wednesday night’s GOP debate provided a lot of the drama and excitement CNN and its audience wanted, along with a fair amount of substance. With 11 people on the stage, standing out was a necessity, as most candidates are waffling…more 

September 2015
09.08.15

BIMBO Nominees for September 2015

This month’s Memo is a little different. The official “winner” is presidential candidate Donald Trump, but not for the reason you might think; it’s because of what he could have accomplished. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign contributed a…more 

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08.31.15

Notes, Notes, Notes

Recently at a meeting, I was chastised for taking notes. “You aren’t paying attention,” I was told. On the contrary, that’s exactly what I was doing. Taking notes is my way of embedding information into my brain as well as…more 

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08.20.15

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (or sign off?)

“You’re ending your emails wrong,” wrote Rebecca Greenfield in Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Rant.”  She doesn’t like using “best” or any version of it, like “Best regards,” or “Warmest regards.” Greenfield traced the literary family tree of valedictions (the action of saying…more 

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08.05.15

BIMBO Nominees for August 2015

We have examples galore this month! Politicians provide a good range, along with comments from Rachel Dolezal (who won’t go away), Ford Motor Company, Jerry Jones (we’re sorry, we love the Cowboys!) and the tech industry. Wrong Thing to Say…more 

08.03.15

Debate Icebergs

Nine tenths of the volume of an iceberg is unseen, below water. It’s the same thing with the upcoming debates for the Republican presidential candidates. Critical strategic decisions are being made now, before the TV cameras turn on, because Thursday…more 

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07.21.15

3 Lessons from Infographics

We’ve written on the Spaeth blog before about some useful tips when using infographics (hint: the same rules apply), but what can we learn from infographics? I don’t mean interpreting an actual image but looking at infographics as a subject.…more 

Wohoblog
07.18.15

Suddenly, a Star…Again

When Merrie first made headlines it wasn’t due to her time at the Reagan Administration, but rather as a teen movie star. The headline stated, “Suddenly a Star in the House” and not much has changed since. Last year, Merrie…more 

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07.17.15

Why Pete Rose Should Be in the Hall of Fame

The annual All-Star Game has given Pete Rose another chance to be in the Hall of Fame, and the familiar arguments have resurrected. One topic that never gets addressed is the role of Pete’s lawyers in the original deal where…more 

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07.14.15

The Race for Social Media Relevance

While social media certainly has a role to play in the upcoming election, its meteoric rise as a game-changing influence has been snuffed out. President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign is often heralded as the first to truly embrace social media…more 

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07.09.15

SSG Travis Mills v. University of Wisconsin

What you say and believe has a huge impact. Here’s a choice to think about in light of the recent holiday. The University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point has just posted a list of things we say, like “Everyone can succeed in…more 

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07.06.15

BIMBO Nominees for July 2015

What a month! We have BIMBO comments ranging from Red Sox Manager John Farrell to South America’s Soccer Federation, the LA School Board and the (unfortunately) expected realm of elected officials. We learn from Sen. Cruz, R-Texas, why he can’t…more 

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06.25.15

Bad Words Make a Play in the Women’s World Cup

It seems no one these days can resist using “bad words,” especially on an international stage like the Women’s World Cup. Quite a few barbs have been thrown at the United States Women’s National Team. We hope it’s not because…more 

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06.19.15

The Faucet is Always On

Earlier this week, an Italian magazine leaked Pope Francis’ first major encyclical on climate change. Just like we saw most recently with Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and his “bro with no ho” comment, the mic is always on and someone…more 

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06.17.15

Steely Knitter

Many of our clients know that I am an avid needle pointer and am always working on projects – even in meetings. I have found reinforcements! Described as “Google’s Steely Adversary,” Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s commissioner for competition has…more 

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06.09.15

BIMBO Nominees for June 2015

Wow, what a bumper crop of BIMBO comments we have to kick off the summer! BIMBOs this month range from a feminist columnist to a bank executive, President Obama, a California lawyer speaking for farmers, Elon Musk, Silk Road founder…more 

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