James Blake Wiener
PR for arts, culture, education, luxury and lifestyle.
While speaking as a presenter last month at the summer school of the UNESCO chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites via Università della Svizzera italiana, I received several questions about connecting with audiences in Latin America. Latin America — despite its deep cultural and economic ties to Europe […]
Whether working in academia, a nonprofit, or a media organization, I held the duty of handling a panoply public relations activities with international professionals from all walks of life. Navigating through different personalities, languages, and even time zones made my work challenging, but also compelling and interesting. What follows are my thoughts insofar as how […]
After writing a post on PR lessons I’ve learned from Russia, I thought I should do the same for Switzerland. I’ve now lived in Switzerland for almost a year, and I have had the chance to study Swiss culture and interact with Swiss professionals on a regular basis. Once more, the following observations are not […]
A few weeks ago, I spent nine wonderful days in Moscow on holiday. Through my various interactions with ordinary Russians on my trip, it occurred to me that there are some lessons PR and media professionals could draw from Russian etiquette and culture. What follows isn’t exactly “scientific” but it is drawn from experience, and […]
The fear of public speaking (glossophobia) is as pervasive among media professionals as it is the general populace. While we all may fear rejection and the possibility of being ridiculed by strangers, public speaking remains an essential skill in the professional media setting. Over the past decade, I forced myself (and was forced) to speak […]
Colleagues, friends, and visitors, I am excited to write this first of what I hope to be useful but “impressionistic” essays on public relations, media, research, and writing. We are living in an era of unprecedented technological and economic change, and the locus of many of these changes lie in South and East Asia.