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Seven Tips for Effective Brainstorming

April 21, 2014, 1:12pm posted by Ben Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to work closely with CK Principal Ralph Katz on a presentation focused on creating and facilitating effective brainstorm sessions. Prior to co-founding CooperKatz in 1996, Ralph received training as a brainstorm facilitator at Burson-Marsteller, where he went on to lead the firm’s highly-regarded Creative Services unit. He has carried the skills with him ever since, making the sessions a cornerstone of our open and innovative culture here at CK.

For Ralph – and really, our agency as a whole – brainstorms are all about disciplined creativity. They’re about tackling the problem at hand head-on, but also taking productive “excursions” away from the problem on occasion. In working with Ralph on the presentation, I learned some key tips on how to create the most effective brainstorms in the business. 

Defining the Critical Abilities Needed for Success - In Life and at CooperKatz

April 10, 2014, 5:00pm posted by Melissa Connerton

With current price tags rising and student loan debt exceeding $1 trillion dollars nationally, college for the sake of college is a luxury. For better or worse, we are called upon to be thinking one step ahead. And in the case of today’s students, that means thinking about how the steps taken during one’s undergraduate career might lead to a job. 
I have recently been working with our client Sarah Lawrence College on a thoughtful, comprehensive endeavor to determine the outcomes that truly matter and will move the needle. For this particular liberal arts institution, discussions culminated in the development of what they refer to as the “Six Critical Abilities” they feel their students must have upon graduation. These abilities serve as part of the foundation for future professional and personal success. 
Our agency has been involved in quite a bit of recruiting recently, and during this time of year, much of that effort focuses on hiring new account coordinators for entry level roles.  So I’ve started to think about how these six critical abilities translate in the PR field, and how we can be looking at potential candidates to ascertain their abilities along these lines.   

How to Thrive at Work: Three Tips for Young PR Pros

March 26, 2014, 1:47pm posted by Danielle Arnold

Most things in public relations cannot be learned from a college textbook. That’s not to say that studying PR isn’t important, because it is (Thanks UF!). But becoming a skilled PR professional comes from immersing yourself in the knowledge of coworkers and the industry. And as a young professional, this process includes discovering your capabilities and how to become a valuable team member at work.


Looking back on my first year at CooperKatz & Company, I found the following three skill sets truly sparked my growth and are important areas for young, ambitious professionals to embrace in the workplace. 

The Evolution of Conference Media

March 11, 2014, 10:15am posted by Abby Trexler

Conferences are a well-known tool to the PR practitioner. For clients, the ability to meet and network with a target audience, announce a new product, make a keynote speech or leverage their brand on the show floor are all benefits of attending a conference. In addition to these benefits, many clients also seek to connect one-on-one with media. But is the divide between media and attendees becoming too wide? 

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