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Do you prefer to read or watch the news?

Do you prefer to read or watch the news?

 |  Dec 19, 2018

Personally, I prefer to read the news. Admittedly, that often means scrolling through the newspaper on my phone first thing in the morning, but it is reading nonetheless.  I do subscribe to the Arizona Republic, getting it delivered on Wednesdays and Sundays. Nothing quite like taking the time on a Sunday morning to read the […]

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Are You Listening?

Are You Listening?

 |  Dec 12, 2018

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen R. Covey. Effective listening sounds elementary right? Turns out, it’s not. And it’s one of the biggest barriers in communication. The thing is, most of us don’t mean to be bad listeners. In fact, the opposite […]

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Coffee, Breakfast and Paul Maryniak: What I Learned

Coffee, Breakfast and Paul Maryniak: What I Learned

 |  Dec 6, 2018

Yesterday, eight of us PR pros had the chance to connect in a more intimate setting in downtown Gilbert. The guest was none other than Paul Maryniak, a veteran newsman and executive editor of several Times Publications, including the East Valley Tribune, Ahwatukee Foothills News, SanTan Sun News, Scottsdale Progress and Gilbert Sun News. Ready […]

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To Pitch or Not To Pitch?

To Pitch or Not To Pitch?

 |  Nov 29, 2018

There is not a day that goes by that the topic of responding to RFPs and developing proposals isn’t discussed among my colleagues. Should we submit a response to an RFP? How much information and creative work should we include in our proposal? How can we possibly discuss a budget when we don’t know what […]

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A Few Takeaways from the PRSA Media Breakfast

A Few Takeaways from the PRSA Media Breakfast

 |  Nov 28, 2018

I attended a PRSA media breakfast at the Arizona Republic yesterday morning. The event included a tour of the newsroom along with a Q&A session with four journalists, including Ryan Randazzo, business reporter, Catherine Reagor, real estate reporter, Stephanie Innes, healthcare reporter and Lauren Saria ,dining reporter.. Here are a few takeaways from each panelist. […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 |  Nov 21, 2018

“Gratitude can turn common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joys and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward In honor of Thanksgiving, HMA Public Relations will be off Thursday, Nov. 22 through Friday, Nov. 23 We hope everyone has a wonderful, family- and friend-filled holiday.               […]

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The Power of Patience

The Power of Patience

 |  Nov 9, 2018

Patience sucks! That’s what I used to always think. The saying “Good things come to those who wait”… Why would I just sit there and wait for something good to come my way? In the modern era, we live in a society where almost everything is immediately made available at our beckoning call, and even […]

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The Great Debate: Early Bird or Night Owl?

The Great Debate: Early Bird or Night Owl?

 |  Nov 8, 2018

A few years ago, I wrote a post titled “A.M. All Star or P.M. Powerhouse?” Back then, I wrote it because I honestly had no idea how several of my co-workers Woke. Up. So. Early. All of the time. Even on weekends! If you check it out above, the post both softly begs them to […]

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Effective Proactive Communications

Effective Proactive Communications

 |  Nov 7, 2018

HMA Public Relations recently completed a successful proactive communications project for a land developer.  We held a public town hall-type event in which relevant information from industry experts, including an economist, economic development executive, land-planning architect and the developer was shared.  The client understands how important it is to be ahead of the curve when […]

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What It’s Like to Accidentally Detox from Your Phone

What It’s Like to Accidentally Detox from Your Phone

 |  Oct 25, 2018

First and foremost, I blame the kids. Secondly, I blame the phone. And alright, I should probably hold myself responsible at some point in the mix. Regardless, I went three consecutive days without a phone. Now I had been having issues with this certain cellular device for quite some time. A certain three-year-old in my […]

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The Importance of Team Meetings

The Importance of Team Meetings

 |  Oct 4, 2018

Our days are pretty busy around here at HMA. Between phone calls, client meetings, business travels, tight deadlines and outside appointments, a full day can go by and you realize you haven’t said more than a few words to the people working right next to you. We have a lot going on. We wear many […]

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The Power of Workplace Volunteerism

The Power of Workplace Volunteerism

 |  Aug 21, 2018

Last Friday, team members from HMA Public Relations volunteered at Southwest Human Development, stuffing backpacks for children for the upcoming school year. Our first step was to organize and separate all the materials. It was at that moment, sorting box after box, that I realized just how much good was in the world. People genuinely […]

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