The Army is the largest military service in the U.S. Department of Defense. The Army’s public affairs (PA) program traces its history back to Gen. Douglass McArthur. As a young officer serving overseas, he is said to have believed in the importance of communicating soldiers’ stories to the public back in the states. That directive … Continue reading Introducing Professional Ethics to the Army Public Affairs Program
It’s that magical time of year again: when political theater of the absurd engages in a “government shutdown.” Government shutdowns used to mean something to me. The first government shutdown I remember happened in 1995, during the Clinton presidency. A second 21-day shutdown in 1996 made much more of an impact. Federal shutdowns became more … Continue reading Lights, Camera, Shutdown!
“I’ve never convinced someone by starting off calling them an asshole.” That quote, or something very close to it, immediately engraved on my mind during a class discussion last summer. The instructor was sharing persuasive techniques during a lecture on how to write opinion editorials. In modern times, one cannot bring up the topic of … Continue reading Lose Your Civility Online in 5 Easy Steps
Approximately 41% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. Of those, just over nine-percent keep them. Gyms across the nation will be flooded with people determined to lose weight next week. Most will drop off by February. If you make a resolution for 2018, the odds are against you. That’s why I stopped making resolutions years … Continue reading Ditch the Resolutions, Give the Gift of Dignity in 2018
You better watch out. You better not cry. Better not pout, I’m telling you why… Judging from a post I saw on Facebook Monday, those words from Santa Claus is Coming to Town are aimed at some modern parents. I was scrolling down my news feed, when I saw a post calling for all parents … Continue reading Nope, Santa is not a Communist
Hi, my name is Chase, and I struggle with conveying confidence. I am naturally talented at communicating confidently for people, causes and organizations that I work for or believe in. It takes deliberate effort to do the same for Chase Inc. My two biggest communication hang-ups have been the terms “Sorry to bother you, but….” … Continue reading More than Just a Word
Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. It’s also an emotional time. The sound of Christmas music frequently brings lumps to my throat, as well as joy to my heart. I don’t know why. It’s just my reality. We spent the last six years in Alaska, which is the BEST place to spend … Continue reading The Year that Life changed Christmas