Tuesday, August 6, 2019

5 Months Later...

...and I'm still sorta kinda figuring out how to best move forward with this blog. I'm now collaborating with three separate PR agencies. It's a little tricky knowing what's kosher to post about here and what's best kept to myself.

I do have a lot to say about what's going on in the world. And I believe that my voice would be different from what's so prevalent on social media and other platforms. Sometimes I wish I could take a firm stand on issues that others see and react to in such black and white terms. I've just never been that way. Doesn't make me better or worse than anyone else, just makes me, well, me.

I also have unpopular opinions on certain people that are often spoken about in glowing terms. Expressing those opinions in the most constructive way is a challenge, to say the least. My attempts to do so during face to face interactions with people who disagree with me have not been great.

In any event, I'm still sorting it all out in my head. You've heard this from me before so I won't make any promises about when you can expect to see some new content here. I'll say "soon" for now.

I thought you should know (or be reminded, think I've mentioned it before) that I use a tracker to see who visits this blog. I'm grateful to those of you who take time out of your busy days to come here and see what I'm up to. I feel badly for letting you down for so long. I can only hope you understand the situation that I'm in, and will come back again in a week or so to see how I've adjusted to it. Until well, stay safe and keep your loved ones close.


Friday, March 29, 2019

A Brief Interlude

Hey folks,
Thanks for stopping by. A quick note today to let you know that I need to hold off on any work-related posts for a while. All good, nothing to worry about. I just have to sort out a few things with one of my new business partners before I can move forward with this blog (or not, depending on the outcome of those discussions).

In the meantime, it's Friday and my March Madness brackets are a mess! My only hope to win is a Gonzaga vs. Virginia final with Gonzaga finally taking the championship after many Cinderella runs. Wish me luck!

Have a great weekend.


Monday, March 11, 2019

A little red faced, but undaunted

Hear that giggle off in the distance? That's God laughing at my plan to keep this blog updated on a regular basis. But here I am now, back again, living in the present and not dwelling on the missteps or broken promises of the past. #everonward (I still feel guilty).

Still quite a bit of unfinished business on the personal front. I'm battling a couple of health issues (nothing life threatening or serious, please don't be concerned) and the maddening insurance issues that go along with them. I swear dealing with my dental insurance coverage has been more painful than the root canal I had done a few months ago. I wish I was joking. And just when I think I'm done...they pull me back in!

On the work front, things are chugging along at McCuenications PR. Still doing a lot of collaborating with one of my former colleagues. We have complementary skills and working with him is a hoot. Not a bad combination at all.

I have a few new initiatives in mind for McCuenications PR. One is specifically to reach a goal of signing at least two new clients before the summertime slumbers kicks in. I'll have more specific details, ah, soon (there goes God again...).

In the meantime, to all my fellow PR pros out there, remember that whenever there's a crisis or a something didn't go as planned, you're always one big hit away from getting back in your client's good graces. Learn from your mistakes, don't repeat them, but don't dwell on them. Change the energy from negative to positive ASAP and everyone will be happy again.


Friday, February 22, 2019

Been a long time been a long lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely time...

Twelve days since my last update means I'm definitely NOT practicing what I preach when it comes to keeping social media channels and blogs from getting "dusty."

Things are good on the McCuenications PR front. I continue to enjoy a fruitful collaboration with one of my former colleagues. I had a very positive and promising meeting with a former client (one I collaborate on with Indicate Media) who is hoping to re-engage come April 1st. I'm a little behind with some of my new biz dev plans - like issuing a new press release - but should be able to crank that out some time next week.

The situation has been a lot more challenging on the personal side. Everything from some ongoing health/dental issues to insurance problems connected to both to technology challenges here at H(Mc)Q. It all ganged up on me a bit this past week. Life is like that sometimes. There's a great line in Hamlet - "When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions." My fellow William (Shakespeare) knew what he was talking about.

If you're struggling a bit, too, and feeling overwhelmed by life's challenges and unexpected obstacles in your way, take a minute to just STOP. Sit yourself down, take stock of what's happening, tell yourself everything will be ok, and work out a plan to figure everything out. Easier said than done, I know. Believe me, I know.

But you got this - and so do I. And remember, you're not alone. It may feel like that sometimes, but I bet there's a family member or a close friend who'd love to give you a hand or even just lend an ear if you need to vent a little. Chances are good they might need a little (maybe a lot) of the same from you. Don't hesitate to reach out.

Speaking of dental issues, I've got another appointment in the morning. Can't say that I'm looking forward to it, but each one gets me one step closer to the finish line - at least with the major stuff. So that's how I'm going to take this journey - one step at a time.

Have a good weekend, everybody. In case you don't know, today's headline is taken from this Led Zep song. Crank it up!


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

McCuenications PR Media Coverage Update - Bill McCue Quoted in U.S. News & World Report

Always fun to be quoted in an article that includes the word "schleps." A pleasure working with my long-time media contact Robin Madell on this one for U.S. News & World Report on the Pros and Cons of Working From Home.

I have to admit that there are times when I miss working in an office and being around colleagues all day. There are ways to avoid "cabin fever" from too much time spent inside the "home office." I'll be back later this week with some tips for you. Until then...

Are you ready to tell your story? Contact me today at


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Live TV Broadcast Tips - Dealing with Comments on Articles

Hey folks,

Thanks for stopping by today.

About a year ago or so, I had a great introductory chat with Elizabeth Koraca, Executive Coach and Career Consultant. During the call, Elizabeth gave me some great career advice and recommendations. We've kept in touch ever since then and also connected on LinkedIn. Today she posted some very helpful tips on preparing for a live TV interview segment. You can see them here.

I'll add two more.

1. Remember that if you're going on as a company spokesperson, use "we" or the name of your company ("At XYZ, we believe...") rather than "I." It will reinforce that you're speaking on behalf of your company and not sharing personal thoughts.

2. Whatever method/medium you use to catch up on the latest news, be sure to check it out thoroughly prior to the segment - specifically look for any breaking news that could be considered related to your business. Chances are good you will be asked to comment on it. Be prepared to give an informed response that not only showcases your expertise, but also can "bridge" to your company's business.

How about you? Any tips to share? Leave a Comment and I'll respond ASAP.

Speaking of Comments...

I also had a situation today with a client (one that I collaborate on with a business partner) that might be helpful for you, too. The client received terrific coverage in a highly prestigious business news media outlet. In the article, the company's CEO was quoted among other industry leaders. A big win for their business. Once posted, the article inspired Comments including one that connected my client's quote with a rather unsavory business ("unsavory" in the public eye). I thought my business partner provided great advice when asked how to handle the negative Comment.

But before I share that counsel, I'll stop and remind my PR counterparts of the importance of monitoring your clients' media coverage for Comments - both positives and others like the one mentioned above. Why?

Positive Comments can be an opportunity to engage with a "raving fan" and build on that relationship.

Negative Comments need to be fully assessed and considered before you decide on a course of action - respond or not respond. Questions need to be asked, too:

Who is the "Commenter?" Are they credible? Can you find out through some amateur detective work? (Google is your friend, my friends).

How "bad" is their Comment?

Is it worth responding to or best left alone?

In the specific case today, my business partner's counsel was to "leave it alone" and I agreed with him 100 percent. It isn't necessary to engage with every negative "Commenter" - especially if they're just some random person. Doing so only gives them an opening to share more of their "expert" commentary and potentially gain a greater audience for their negativity.

Don't feed the troll.

Long story short, today's situation wasn't an opportunity for a constructive online dialogue in the Comments section.

Agree? Disagree? Share a Comment below (see what I did there?). I love hearing from you.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Quick Update - Ever Onward!

Hey folks,
Thanks for checking in. Last week was a bit of a roller coaster ride. It knocked me off my plans to keep this blog updated on a weekly basis - at the very least. This week is also off to a hectic start, but I wanted to post a few quick thoughts and updates - and encourage you to come back later this week. Now then...

I'm sure my high school teachers would "love" the irony of *me* encouraging PR people to "do their homework." (I wasn't much of a student back in those days) Many thanks to Ricky Singh for the opportunity to weigh in as part of's "How to get placements with the media" round-up. Cool to see one of my business partners - Indicate Media's Todd Barrish - also included. 

Last week I wrapped up my first 90-day "LaunchKit" (still seeking a catchy name) engagement with Veras Partners. We accomplished a great deal by working together on:
I'm hopeful our collaboration will drive lots of new business leads and help the company achieve all of its growth goals for Q1 2019 and beyond. It was an absolute pleasure working with the company Founder Paula Fredericksen and her team. Smart people, engaged collaborators and fast learners. I look forward to "re-engaging" with Veras Partners when the time is right. 

If you're looking to launch your company and accomplish all of the above, please reach out to me today at Let's talk about your goals. Shortly after chat, you'll receive an estimate on the pricing option that's the best fit with your budget. 

I've also been working closely with a former colleague who is doing amazing things with his own one-person consultancy. We share the same dedication to doing great work for our clients and enjoy making each other laugh - a winning combination. Never a bad thing when your work is profitable and enjoyable at the same time.

Unfortunately, last week wasn't all laughs and fun, but the important thing is to learn from those rocky times and stay focused on the next challenges. The best way to recover from difficult situations and get back into good graces is to do something positive - and then build on it. I'm off to do that very thing. 

As my musical hero Jimmy Page always said about his band Led Zeppelin, "ever onward!"

Back soon.