Posted by Amanda Chapel
Seriously, as we in PR are in the business of recognition, I cannot tell you how thrilled and honored I am to be recognized by my peers. I am deeply moved.
Of course, I've prepared a few words.
But before I begin, for those not in the business, let me give you a little background.
"Public Relations" as a name is really a misnomer. As I've said here many times before, "relations," from meaningful passion to naughty diddling, can be a lot of fun. Trust me; I love to fool around. Hey, we all want juicy kisses and that little man in the rowboat entertained. But intimacy also comes with the "C" word, i.e. commitment. In a nutshell, relationships are a lot of work. Frankly, in the end it's a hell of a lot easier to pay a strumpet or get a dog.
That said, the business would probably be better named "Strategic Recognition," (SR). That's all we do really. We are paid to get clients recognized variously (either positively or negatively frankly) in such a way as it facilitates a predetermined transaction. My ex-boss summed it up this way: "if I am on the nightly news, I have a much greater chance of picking up babes and possibly even getting laid on the first date." Of course, there are infinite permutations but that's pretty much what businessmen think. That's where the "Industry" of PR comes in. Because it doesn't actually have to be the nightly news, or even publicity for that matter. Could be via the web or word-of-mouth... could be joining the right country club or church, or even getting included in a foursome. You see where I am going.
Here's just how basic Mother Nature is on the topic: tall people get promoted. Why? Because obviously, they literally stand out in the crowd. It's natural recognition. Journalist/author Malcolm Gladwell recently polled about half of the companies on the Fortune 500. He found not surprisingly that the heads of big companies are overwhelmingly white men AND they are also virtually all tall. In his book "Blink," in the chapter titled "Why do we love Tall Men," Gladwell says,
My best friend Marcy said it best, "He's kind of a jerk but who cares, he's tall."
So at 5' 4" and 114lbs. wet, to be recognized as TALL, is very meaningful. Here's where I get all Oprah:
A week ago, I had the distinct honor to be recognized by my peers. PR-Celebrity Bloggers Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz recognized me in their weekly podcast, "For Immediate Release." Apparently, I now don the label "The Scourge of the PR Business."
Sure this initially came as a bit of a shock. It is maybe a tinge grandiose. I did blush. But it got me to thinking about the honor and the tremendous responsibility. It is certainly a universal good for all of mankind. Actually, I am banking on it being a big factor on Judgment Day. I am certain that this reconciles a good part of my utter reckless debauchery of the early nineties. But now... to be thought of as a humanitarian... well, what can I say?
The words of Maya Angelou spring to mind: "When you learn, teach. When you get, give." I want you to know that this recognition to me means that I will continue to strive to give back to the world what it has given to me, so that I might even be more worthy of tonight's honor.
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