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Don't Shoot The Messenger

Author: Vicki Marinker

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Don't Shoot The Messenger is a podcast by Vicki Marinker, bringing you interesting conversations about careers in communications. Vicki talks with experts in PR, corporate communications, internal comms and more - discussing everything from starting a career in comms, to managing a full-scale corporate crisis. This is the podcast for you, if you want to get ahead in communications.
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In this, the last episode of series one, I talk with Rachel Miller, consultant, trainer, podcaster, and a recognised authority on internal communication, about the challenges internal communicators face to rebuild collaboration and company culture as we return to the workplace.We discuss:⭐️ What will never be the same again, post COVID⭐️ How to create a sense of belonging when teams are apart⭐️ The danger of burnout and being mindful of your own, and your colleagues’ mental health⭐️ Hybrid working and the new purpose of the physical workplace⭐️ Why you should only come up with fundraising ideas you’re willing to take on yourself!This is the last episode of season one, but I will be back with more interesting conversations about careers in communications. If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch at www.vickimarinker.com
In this episode of the podcast, I talk with Vicki DeBlasi, who specialises in PR and marketing for innovation and technology projects. We’re talking about the unique challenge of working on projects that have the potential to change the way we live and work.We discuss:⭐️ The role of psychology in communications and marketing⭐️ 5G, conspiracy theories and how to stop the spread of misinformation⭐️ What happens when innovation teams are homogenous and why diversity is fundamental to a project’s success⭐️ Tinder for cows!
In this episode of the podcast, I talk with Neil Henderson, a corporate communications director, whose earlier career was in broadcast journalism for the major TV networks. We discuss:⭐️ The assumptions journalists make about PRs and vice versa⭐️ Is there such a thing as bad publicity? (See the European Super League fiasco)⭐️ How PRs can keep up with the changing media landscape⭐️ Why you should always check if the talent you’ve booked has vertigo.
In this episode of the podcast, I talk with George Blizzard, co-founder of The PR Network, about the benefits and challenges of flexible working in all its forms.We discuss:⭐️ How to make job-sharing work for the benefit of all involved⭐️ How to build a strong company culture with a team you have never met⭐️ What big corporates could learn from more agile, flexible organisations⭐️ What pitching has to do with breastfeeding.
In this episode of the Don't Shoot The Messenger podcast, I talk with Jonathan Hemus, Managing Director of Insignia, who helps companies plan and rehearse for the worst-case scenario.We discuss:⭐️ Why most businesses find it so challenging to prepare for crises⭐️ Where the UK Government went wrong in their handling of COVID-19 ⭐️ Who got it right: examples of superior crisis communications⭐️ The impact of cancel culture 
In this episode of the Don't Shoot The Messenger podcast, I talk with Mark Hutcheon, who is a Director in the crisis and reputation practice at Deloitte, helping clients predict and prepare for large scale risks. We tackle the huge issue of the climate crisis and its impact on business.We discuss:⭐️ The winners and losers in the best and worst-case climate scenarios ⭐️ Whether industries such as Fast Fashion and Formula One can and should survive⭐️ The role of the communications professional in helping business prepare and plan for climate change⭐️ What Nikola Tesla and Arsene Wenger have in common⭐️ And possibly the most embarrassing anecdote any guest of the podcast has shared so far.
In this episode, I talk with Steve Earl, agency MD who has led and grown communications consultancies over a 25-year career, working with companies going through sweeping change. We discuss:⭐️ ESG - what is it and why does it matter?⭐️ How COVID has accelerated ESG-led transformation.⭐️ The challenges and opportunities for communications professionals.⭐️ Masquerading as Vinnie Jones in the name of PR. Eric Cantona also gets a mention. If you’ve been wondering how to get to grips with ESG, this is a good place to start.
In this episode of the Don't Shoot The Messenger podcast, I talk Phil Szomszor, a social media consultant for business leaders, brands and sales teams. We discuss:⭐️ Why the 75% of UK CEOs who are inactive on social media are missing a trick⭐️ Social media silence, misuse and freedom of speech⭐️ What channels and formats are going to be big in the next 12 months⭐️ Coming out as an extreme ironer If your leadership team needs convincing of the value of social media, stick this episode in their ears (from an appropriate distance).
In this episode of the Don't Shoot The Messenger podcast, I talk Ros Hunt who helps businesses define and communicate their core purpose and wider value to society. We discuss:⭐️ Why purpose is important to customers, employees and shareholders, particularly during a pandemic.⭐️ How communications professionals need to be at the heart of this conversation. ⭐️ The fragile link between purpose and profit.⭐️ The danger of being dressed as a snowman in a shopping centre.I hope you enjoy this timely episode. Please have a listen, like and subscribe. You can get in touch with me on social media @thedstmpodcast.
In this episode of the Don't Shoot The Messenger podcast, I talk with Linda Griffin, VP Public Policy at Activision Blizzard & King (the people who brought us Candy Crush).Linda started her career in Public Policy, often seen as a closed shop, as an outsider without any political affiliation. We discuss:⭐️ What it’s like to help shape public policy in the ‘Wild West’ of technology.⭐️ Being an outsider and building a broad, strong network.⭐️ Corpsing in front of a President.Linda is warm and engaging, and it’s a great episode. Please have a listen, like and subscribe and let me know what you think in the comments.
In this episode of the Don't Shoot The Messenger podcast, I talk with Kate Levine, who works with organisations seeking to drive positive change, about how corporate activism can be a force for good - and how to get it spectacularly wrong.We discuss:⭐️ How business can be a force for good and can help make long term, positive change.⭐️ How a football challenge to feed starving children scored a disastrous own goal for Mastercard.⭐️ A singalong with 4000 people about periods. Kate has fascinating insights into this subject I knew so little about. Please have a listen, like and subscribe and let me know what you think in the comments.
In this episode of Don’t Shoot The Messenger, I talk with Rod Cartwright, corporate reputation and crisis communications expert about:⭐️ The ‘impossible privilege’ of working on one of the most intense global crisis the airline industry has ever experienced.⭐️ How history will judge the COVID communicators.⭐️ The value of a proper apology.⭐️ The definition of a Rodism. 
In this episode of Don't Shoot The Messenger, I talk to Naomi Smith - an HR turned communications professional  - about how millennials navigate a successful career in a competitive market.* Is variety more important than loyalty?* What are the skills communications graduates need to learn to get ahead?* Where are the BAME role models, particularly at the top of the communications profession?Please have a listen, like and subscribe.I'm on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @TheDSTMPodcast if you'd like to talk. 
In this episode of Don't Shoot The Messenger, I talk to Mallika Basu, communications consultant, food and drink writer and entrepreneur.  We discuss the reality of having a portfolio career; how to organise yourself for the opportunities, as well as preparing for the challenges; and learning to say no.I'm on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @TheDSTMPodcast if you'd like to talk. If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe and leave me a review.
In this episode of Don't Shoot The Messenger, I talk to Trudy Lewis, communications consultant and executive coach, about her career in internal communications. Trudy shares her frustrations, aspirations and role models in this frank conversation. I'm on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @TheDSTMPodcast if you'd like to talk.
In this episode of DSTM I talk to Mark Schmid, Joint MD of marketing and communications agency Simmons x Schmid, about the pitching process and the importance of building long term client/agency relationships. Mark shares his pitching highs and lows and gives me the perfect answer to a question that's been bothering me for 20 years.
In this pilot episode, I talk to Steve Marinker, who has worked in PR agencies for years. We talk about career paths, serious corporate campaigns and crazy consumer stunts (Peperami smoothie anyone?).
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