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What I learned @ #WPRF2016

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A few days ago, I had the pleasure of attending the World Public Relations Forum (WPRF), one of the largest global gatherings of the greatest PR minds. The event was hosted in my hometown of Toronto and it was the conference’s North American debut, so I had to go! I was also invited to present my research findings on social sharing, viral content and word of mouth, a huge honour that I’m still buzzing about. For more details about my speech, check out my weekly #WPRFviral mini-series.

The three day PR expo was packed with useful tips, tricks and information from a brilliant lineup of speakers. I also learned a lot from chatting with other delegates. I’d like to share some of these key learning takeaways with you. This advice is useful for every industry, not just public relations. I hope that you can use these tips to grow your business, improve your cross-cultural communication methods and inspire that “AHA!” moment you’ve been waiting for.

#WPRFviral series: An introduction

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This weekend I’m speaking at the World Public Relations Forum, one of the largest global gatherings of PR professionals. I’m thrilled to present my findings on three topics I’m immensely passionate about: social sharing, word of mouth and viral content. During the presentation, I will demystify how to create an effective social media strategy and engaging content for your organization, client or brand. It is my hope that this information will help your business and truly change the world.

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The forum’s theme, Communication  Across Cultures is not only integral to the advancement of the PR profession, it is also necessary for the overall progression of society as a whole. The media landscape is changing, distrust in institutions is rampant and it has never been more important to develop trustworthy and authentic content to reach audiences in the convoluted and noisy digital landscape.

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Tune in every week as I publish a #WPRFviral blog post with more insight on how brands can create shareable content with the potential to go viral. Have you ever wondered why certain information gets shared viciously while other messages barely engage anyone? What makes content go viral? Why do people share online?

Don’t just stand there, improvise!

Spring is almost here and we’re over three months into 2016. What are your goals for the year? Are you still on track to achieve them? This is a good time to check-in, re-evaluate and adjust your action plan to get the best results. This year I’m striving to become a better leader. While perusing the ‘books with the word boss in them’ section at Indigo, I stumbled upon Tina Fey’s Bossypants

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The comedian, Saturday Night Live writer, producer and actress is an inspiration and a leadership role model. I’ll spare you the tedious book review, barring one noteworthy section: The rules of improvisation that will change your life and reduce belly fat.

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Sadly improv won’t reduce belly fat, however it can boost your life. This book made me realize that some of my best ideas were the byproduct of fun, exploration and experimentation. If you want to generate more brilliant ideas, it’s worthwhile to look into improv training.

The Artist Project Early Access Preview

Last night I had the pleasure of attending The Artist Project early access preview and opening party with my friend and colleague Steven Hellmann.

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As we arrived, we were enveloped in an immersive mix of music, food, drinks and thought-provoking art.

Top 5 Winterlicious Picks

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One of the most delicious food events in Toronto is just around the corner. If you haven’t been to Winterlicious, you’re missing out! It’s a celebration of gourmet eats curated by top chefs at some of the best restaurants in the city. This event makes gourmet food affordable, giving everyone access to restaurants they might not normally try at prices that don’t break the bank. So pause that Netflix and chill session, throw on a parka and get out of the house to nibble on a fixed price menu of gourmet fare. It’s a great way to discover new places and revisit old favourites.

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