Forgive a little self-promotion, but a few days after returning from the IPRA Summit in London I will be speaking at the wonderfully titled 'Blast of Fresh Air' conference in St. John's, Newfoundland (November 18-21, 2007) hosted by the Canada East region of the International Association of Business Communicators.
The conference agenda looks fascinating and unique. Rather than the usual muddle of standard communication topics, planned sessions include "I have a dream": identifying systemic 'isms' in popular culture" (Rawl Borel Jr.), "Communication meltdown: who wants truth, authenticity and fundamental values anyway?" (John Fleming), and "The emerging practice of visualization" (Tom Wujec)
Based on title alone, my session on "Crisis communication" comes off as a little anemic sounding. But I promise to try to be provocative, humorous, perhaps even daring. I'll offer some audacious ideas on crises and social media and the declining influence of the mainstream press. All delivered with a kind of gray-haired eloquence. Is that better?