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Gini Dietrich

Talking PR on the Street…Er, in a Hotel

By: Gini Dietrich | September 17, 2013 | 
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Talking PR on the Street...Er, in a HotelBy Gini Dietrich

This is a public service announcement.

There is a terrible strain of the flu going around and it’s really bad. I don’t know what kind of rituals you do – flu shot, wear a mask, cross your fingers and toes, pray to the Saint who ensure no vomiting, or load up on vitamin C – but whatever it is, do it.

On Wednesday, after I got home from Louisville, I was feeling overly tired. I thought it was just from speaking and traveling so I went to bed at 7:30. I woke up on Thursday morning with a migraine.

Around 2:00 on Thursday, it hit me like a train. I got into bed and didn’t move until yesterday morning. I haven’t been on my bike, I didn’t go to the Bears game, I did nothing.

I had to cancel a speaking engagement I had in San Antonio on Friday and I barely made it onto a plane yesterday for a speaking engagement I have this afternoon.

I tell you all of this to say three things:

  1. This is really, really bad stuff and I keep hearing it lasts two weeks;
  2. Take preemptive care now – you seriously don’t want to get it; and
  3. Not to ask for sympathy, but for forgiveness for not getting a blog post written today.

In fact, rather than sympathy, I prefer snarkiness and cynicism. Or ice cream. I’ll take ice cream!

I will leave you with a video I shot with Jayme Soulati. She interviewed me in Louisville for her Soulati Media on the Street series and I may or may not have been making faces at her before I realized the camera was on. She’s such a good friend, she didn’t edit them out.

We talk PR, where the industry is going, and three things professionals need to consider, no matter what stage of their career they’re in.

Also, anyone reading this who saw me in Louisville…I’m sorry if you get sick. Let’s blame Jason Falls.

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

62 comments
danielghebert
danielghebert

I can just imagine how much fun it would be to be in the same room as @ginidietrich and @Soulati | Hybrid PR :) Great video gals!

Gini - drink lots of whiskey. You won't be able to tell if your dizzy because of a cold, or if you're drunk, or both :)

lizreusswig
lizreusswig

Hugs & veggie "chicken" soup! Also, love this video...not sure what is better, the fish face or the awesome lip gloss! :) Feel better soon!

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gomezdm
gomezdm

I know your pain! I've had it twice in the last six years. It really just wipes you out. And it once wiped out the entire PR department at PRSA. I think it was 2009 or 2010 -- it was the height of the H1N1 virus. Like dominoes, we all came down with the flu on the eve of Silver Anvils -- I was the last one to get sent home. I think that was the first time we had no PR reps at Silver Anvils. Hope you feel better soon!

Word Ninja
Word Ninja

Geez, you are a trouper. Sorry to hear you are so sick. I go back and forth every year about whether or not to get a flu shot. I heard this year it guards against four strains. Wonder if the 2-weeker strain is in that mix. Hope you can rest. We'll be here when you get back!

susancellura
susancellura

Oh dear, Gini. I hope you feel better soon! Try to rest even though you are traveling. Orange juice? Gatorade? You need those electrolytes!

Enjoyed the interview and am highly impressed with your fish face!  :- )

RebeccaTodd
RebeccaTodd

Great interview! And fabulous fishy faces! Aww feel better, Lil G. It is so very hard to be sick on the road. And to still be delivering your talks...wow! I prescribe couch snuggles with Special Agent Jack Bauer for the rest of the week to recover. 

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR

Shucks. The flu, and I was going to refuse the shot for kidlet and me; should we reconsider? 

SOOOO sorry you're ill, girlie. I LOVE that you borrowed this for a blog post. I watch it every 5 hours and laugh my ass off. You do have the best fish lips around and ohbytheway? Edit a video? Hardly. 

Feel better!! And, where are you today -- speaking in Texas? Yikes!

yvettepistorio
yvettepistorio

Ice cream always makes me feel better. Going to get my flu shot this week!

Todd Lyden
Todd Lyden

Lemon chicken soup Gert- itll cure what ails ya

jenzings
jenzings

@gomezdm I am pretty sure that avoiding this type of scenario is exactly why when I worked at FH-STL, they offered free flu shots to anyone who wanted them, and had a nurse come in to administer them!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@faybiz I'm a vegetarian. I do think they should invent chicken noodle soup without the chicken though. 

gomezdm
gomezdm

@jenzings  I hear ya! I'm now at Rutgers, and they're offering up flu shots for free next week. I'll be there!

susancellura
susancellura

@ginidietrich But the Bears won!! I hope that helped a little bit. Hopefully you'll be back on the bike by this weekend. Fingers crossed!

Todd Lyden
Todd Lyden

@jenzings @ginidietrich @faybiz I believe it has to do with the combo of lemon, pepper and the antibiotic nature of the chicken... but if you want to be sick... see if brocoli will cure ya!