May 2006

All Quiet on the Western Front

by Lee Hopkins on May 29, 2006 · 6 comments

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Due to the vagaries of the national telco’s ordering systems, there will now be a (hopefully less than) 7 day delay between having my ISDN line disconnected and my wi-fi broadband modem being sent to me. As the only connection I now have is ‘dialup’, I doubt that there will be much coming from my […]

There has been a bit of controversy of late amongst web hosting companies and the clients/customers who provide them with a living. In essence: the webhosting companies rent individuals or companies ‘space’ to create their own publishing house; in return the individuals or companies pay the webhosting companies for the right to take up a […]

In today’s chat, Lee advises comms students and new professionals to jump into blogging and podcasting, if only to join a global network of colleagues, friends, and mentors. Allan says “you betcha”, and advises also joining IABC or PRSA, or both. Allan also suggests joining Ned Lundquist’s Job of the Week newsletter & discusses why […]

G‘day. I need your help, because today I seem to be suffering from ‘brain fade’, as if it’s worn out. I’m putting together a staff information pack for a client who is moving from one part of the city to another. I’m looking to include information such as where the coffee shops and lunch bars […]

Are we wasting our time and energy?

by Lee Hopkins on May 25, 2006 · 15 comments

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A number of events over the last few days has led me to question whether I am wasting my time and energy. Not wasting it out of some sudden discovery of a new time management tool, but wasting it by trying to evangelise this new social medium, ‘Web2.0’. There are days where one feels like […]

Is your global web partner a dog?

by Lee Hopkins on May 23, 2006 · 4 comments

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As part of the recent chat Allan and I had, Allan made the very sound point that within a few years a lot of PR/Marcoms activity (and of course other industries as well) will be conducted between consultants who live in different geographic regions and who know each other through the relationship they have built […]

More fresh brew over at the Cafe

by Lee Hopkins on May 23, 2006 · 7 comments

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Better Desirable Roasted Communications Café chat #2 With Lee Hopkins and Allan Jenkins. Lee opines that many of the principles of fiction writing can be applied to business writing — that the steps of story formation, encoding, weaving, and reception are much the same in both genres. Allan is skeptical: perhaps the thinking process is […]

Thought for the day

by Lee Hopkins on May 22, 2006

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Social capital and Web2.0

by Lee Hopkins on May 20, 2006 · 19 comments

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A s a way of avoiding commencing another 4,000 word essay I’ve been skipping through a new book by Paul Ginsborg, The Politics of Everyday Life: Making Choices, Changing Lives. Currently Professor of Contemporary European History at the University of Florence, Ginsborg comes to me with gilded academic qualifications – no fool, he. Casting his […]

B ruce has done it again. Another sparkling collection of sure-fire ways to annoy the blazes out of those annoying unsolicited telesales calls. “I’m sorry, but I’m really busy right now. Give me your home number and I’ll call you back later tonight.” In the middle of the caller’s memorized sales pitch, interrupt with: “What […]