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The Flack for Friday, October 9, 2020…

By October 9, 2020November 19th, 2020No Comments

The Flack highlights changes and trends in the news, examples of communications practices, and content we at BYRNE PR thought you might find useful.

We hope you enjoy, and we always welcome your feedback.

Americans Feel Overwhelmed by the News. Here’s How They Adapt — Americans are feeling overwhelmed by the volume of news and are often unable to sort out the facts and determine what’s most important. A key reason for this confusion involves the mixing together of news and non-news items on social media and online sites. Those surveyed say they adapt in various ways — from picking a few trusted sources to abandoning news altogether. These findings and more come from the latest Gallup/Knight Foundation study, American Views 2020: Trust, Media and Democracy.

Reading Too Much Political News Is Bad for Your Well-Being — Americans are consuming more news than ever — especially when it comes to politics. Turns out, this may be bad for your health and your relationships. In his column in The Atlantic, Harvard professor Arthur Brooks explains why this is happening and offers some helpful recommendations as we head into a busy month of news.

“Never Use Four Words When Three Will Do.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Writing — Ruth Bader Ginsburg served for 27 years as a Supreme Court Justice. She was known as a precise editor who took time to teach her law clerks to improve their writing. This quick read outlines the three strategies that made Ginsburg a great writer.

Body-Language Expert Breaks Down Fiery Trump, Biden Presidential Debate — Peter Drucker once said, “The most important thing in communications is hearing what isn’t said.” And that proved to be true in last week’s fiery debate between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden. Body language expert Traci Brown breaks down the shrugs, finger pointing and word errors and explains what they mean.

10 Ways to Interact with the Audience During a Presentation — Presentations can be among the most intimidating and nerve-wracking assignments during your career. But presentations also offer opportunities to demonstrate communication and leadership skills. And interacting with your audience is a great way to keep their attention and drive home the key messages you need them to remember. In this quick article, executive speaker coach Doug Neff outlines 10 ways to interact with any audience effectively.


An Obit Worth Reading:

Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Jr., Grandson of the 10th President, Dies at 95




: one who provides publicity



: to act as a press agent or promoter for something

The word flack was first used as a noun meaning “publicity agent” during the late 1930s. According to one rumor, the word was coined in tribute to a well-known movie publicist of the time, Gene Flack.