FIVE FAST STEPS
by Barbara Florio Graham
$25. postpaid to Canada; $35 to the U.S.
Called the best p.r. primer we've ever seen by the Editor
of Writing for Money,
and not only informative but practically indispensable by Canadian Fund Raiser,
excerpted in Canadian Living, P.R. World, Canadian Writer's Guide,
and many Canadian and U.S. newsletters.
First published in 1988, won an IABC Award in 1990,
revised in 2003 with additional chapters on
e-mail, websites and using the Internet.
This manual assumes that you know little or nothing about publicity,
and although it cannot replace a course or workshop where your
specific questions can be answered, it is an attempt to provide
guidelines on the most important aspects of this complex field.
Even if you think you know quite a bit about marketing yourself, your
product, service or organization, you will learn tips gleaned from
many years in the field, both as a public relations professional and
as a member of the media.
Please skim the entire book, in sequence, even if you think you know the basics. Some of the terms referred to in later sections are explained at the beginning of the book, and it is vital that you not skip the first two sections. If you haven't defined your audience and yourself, none of your efforts will succeed!
I have deliberately repeated some information that pertains to different sections, so that each set of guidelines is complete without reference to other sections.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Barbara Florio Graham is a professional writer, teacher and
communications consultant based in Ottawa. Author of Five
Fast Steps to Better Writing, which is on the curriculum at
several colleges and universities, she is also the author of
Musings/Mewsings, and has been published in twenty anthologies
and in six countries.
She was the Entertainment Editor of What's On in Ottawa for several years, a freelance broadcaster for the CBC, and a regular contributor to many Canadian and U.S. newspapers and magazines.
A founding member of the Board of Directors of The Macdonald Club, Barbara has also served on such Boards as The Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, The Canadian Square & Round Dance Society, and the Cultural Human Resources Council. She has also served as Public Relations Consultant for such organizations as SearchLine and the Ottawa YM-YWCA and handled media training for the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Among her clients for publicity and editorial consulting are Medica Publishing, Versailles Group Ltd. (Boston), Law Enforcement Supply Company (Florida), and "Disappearing Nightly" with magician Chris Pilsworth.
Named Communicator of the Year by the Ottawa chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators in 1990, in part because of her production of the first edition of this book, Barbara also won an Outstanding Service Award from the Periodical Writers Association of Canada as well as being named professional writer of the year by the Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Authors' Association.
BONUS ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE WITH THIS BOOK
for non-profit organizations, small businesses, individual artists and entrepreneurs
the best p.r. primer we've ever seen (Editor, Writing for Money)
not only informative but practically indispensable (Canadian Fund Raiser)
a gold mine of gems, tips, and ideas (William Bezanson: http://web.mac.com/w.bezanson)
"Five Fast Steps
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Canadian Living, P.R. World, Canadian Writer's Guide, Sources HotLink Newsletter
I. Identifying Your Audience
WHO are they?
WHERE are they?
WHAT do they read?
WHICH broadcast media do they listen to?
HOW can you grab their attention?
WHY might they be interested in what you have to offer?
II. Defining Yourself
Your Unique Selling Position
Your Identifying Statement
III. Understanding the Media
What's the Difference?
What Receives Media Attention
Positive Media Attention
Weekly & Monthly Newspapers
Approaching the Fringe Media
Is It News?
Selecting Media Contacts
When to Contact the Media
Media Horror Stories
IV. Being Professional
General Guidelines for Print Materials
Sample Media Release
Public Service Announcements (PSA's)
Writing for Radio
Handling Print Interviews
Both Radio and TV
Television Noticeboard Spots
Doing Your Own Make-up for TV
Tricks of the Trade
V. Developing Further Initiatives
Logos, Posters, Flyers
Developing a Brochure
Keeping Costs Down
Letters to the Editor
Sample Letters to the Editor
Placing a Feature Article
Preparation for Speeches from a Platform
Notecards for Speeches & Media Interviews
Checklist for Speeches & Interviews
Using Visual Aids
The Press Conference
Structure of a Media Conference
Why Publicity Sometimes Fails
The Basics: Show, Tell, Give
Using Photos for Public Relations
Eliminating Bias from P.R. Writing
Copyright & Trademark
Setting Up a Media Room
Lobbying Provincial & Federal Governments
Participating in a Telethon
Clothing Selection for Public Appearances
NEW IN THIS EDITION:
Do You Need a Website?
A Note About E-mail
NOTE: All materials in this handbook are copyrighted and may
not be duplicated or used for
teaching purposes. © 1988, Barbara Florio Graham; Second Edition, 2003
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