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While this post IS about Denver; it is surely not about the Denver Nuggets.

Instead, I wanted to share some of my favorite nuggets from the PRSA Western District Conference this week, along with some photos.

Enjoy, and if you attended, please comment below with your own “Denver Nuggets!

The voices in our heads are total spoilsports. Use “play” to keep them busy so you can spit out all of your out-of-the-box ideas.

Audiences fall into three categories:

  • Saints – those who are on your side no matter what.
  • Sinners – those who are on the other side no matter what.
  • Salvagers – those who are up for grabs.

The ego in us all thinks that we – and only we – can turn even the “sinniest” of sinners into a saint. We are all wrong. So why not focus on the salvagers instead?

Fellow attendee Rachel Brockway loves Howard as much as me!

Presenters/new friends Rob Biesenbach, Kris Schindler, Alan Cohen AND Hilary Blair have actual theatre experience. Ask Kris about “Charlotte’s Web.”

Michelle Olson knows everyone – and can ski too!

We have ALL been guilty of naughty behavior in meetingsMeetings that fail all suffer from either poor leadership, poor organization or poor behavior

I can sell belly love chains!

Sarah Rasmussen is more than an APR – she is a triathlete

One of life’s great lessons comes from the Hokey Pokey – “Put Your Whole Self In…”

Susan de Queljoe
can “Swoosh,” “Kerplunk,” and “Groove-a-liscious” with the best of them.

Stephanie Dembowski likes NPR far more than I.

Scarlet O’Hara would love Denver – she would never go hungry again.

Counselors are made, not born.

Felice Appell is the best advertisement for getting one’s APR ever.

Our computers suffer from email obesity – give them a break once in a while and use another communications tool.

Image is our first choice; words are regrettably often the second choice.

Roger Friedensen thinks my name might be Amanda – and I look like someone named “Candy Apple.” True story.

Darren Copeland drove the masses wild with sports.

The mind stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions. Or...Fat Minds are Fabulous!

The Winter Park girls are more than great sponsors – they are generous with their cell phone chargers.

Tom Garrity doesn’t think a community outreach program can be successful without sincerity at the on-set.

In meetings, being a monopolizing narcissist is probably not the best way to accomplish anything.

LaTricia Woods got married in what was clearly a “church dress,” NOT a “golf course" dress. 

Sometimes you need to show, not tell.

Denver is NOT the most exotic place Doug MacKenzie visited this year – he just got back from the Netherlands for Carnival!

The longer it has been since I have been invited to dinner; the hungrier I get. The hungrier I get; the more motivated I get.

The more motivated I get; the more mobilized I become.

Sydney Ayers does not trust her photos look adorable until she gets to see them for herself.

Be PRE-ACTIVE, not just proactive.

Marnie Schubert is both a great ski bunny and a great hand to hold on a teetering airplane.

Executives shouldn’t be scared to use props – and we shouldn’t be scared to teach them how to do it right.

Yoga breaks are cool, whether participating or watching while making trail mix.

Everyone missed Abbie S. Fink.

Don’t compromise to the point of degradation.

A great counselor doesn’t solely focus on the client – he/she focuses on members of his/her own team too.

The “Creativity Connectors” are going to be PR rock stars when they graduate.

Arizona has a lot to live up to in 2013!

What did I miss?

Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
Senior Account Executive Alison has a lot to say…about pretty much everything...all the time. From the current state of public relations to the social media impact on Shark Week to crisis communications in the sports world, Alison’s blogs are focused on “amusing through her PR musings,” and then some. Check out Alison's full bio


  1. Alison nice summary! The nuggets piled up like gold the past couple of days! Thanks for the shout out of the Creativity Connectors — they are soon to be PR rockstars! PRSA Colorado is proud of the relationship we have with our student population.

    My nugget — just like in a car we have “blind spots” we need to overcome in order to be successful. Know your innovative thinking pitfalls and challenge yourself to move behind the blind spot. There’s about a hundred others that are just waiting to be put to use. Thanks for the recap!

  2. Alison Bailin says:

    LOVE IT, JANE!! I should also add that I believe you were the HARDEST on herself during our Improv games. And the funniest!!!! Great job on the photos as well.

  3. Gosh, golly, not only did you have a good time, you were actually paying attention! This is a great (and clever, too) recap. Clearly you “work” 24/7 and are far closer to the counselor end of the continuum than tactician end.

  4. Felice Appell says:

    Very nice! Thanks for the shout-out.

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