17 episodes

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.

Don't Shoot The Messenger 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.

    Episode 17: The impact of COVID on communication, collaboration and culture, with Rachel Miller

    Episode 17: The impact of COVID on communication, collaboration and culture, with Rachel Miller

    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

    • 25 min
    Episode 16: Working on innovation projects that can change the world, with Vicki DeBlasi

    Episode 16: Working on innovation projects that can change the world, with Vicki DeBlasi

    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!

    • 30 min
    Episode 15: The relationship between PR and journalism and the changing media landscape, with Neil Henderson

    Episode 15: The relationship between PR and journalism and the changing media landscape, with Neil Henderson

    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.

    • 30 min
    Episode 14: How to run an international, virtual PR agency without burning out, with George Blizzard

    Episode 14: How to run an international, virtual PR agency without burning out, with George Blizzard

    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.

    • 24 min
    Episode 13: How to prepare for the worst day of your business life, with Jonathan Hemus

    Episode 13: How to prepare for the worst day of your business life, with Jonathan Hemus

    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 

    • 32 min
    Episode 12: Climate Change - preparing business for the ultimate crisis, with Mark Hutcheon

    Episode 12: Climate Change - preparing business for the ultimate crisis, with Mark Hutcheon

    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.

    • 30 min

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