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#FollowFriday: Laura Petrolino

By: Gini Dietrich | March 1, 2013 | 
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Laura-PetrolinoLadies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to my seriously insane and deliciously crazy friend, Laura Petrolino.

She is the founder of Flying Pig Consulting where she handles consulting, brand development, and digital media for organizations big and small, specializing in flying pigs and dogs (I just made that up, but she does have lots of pictures with dogs from a previous job).

If the name of her company is any indication, you now know why I call her crazy. But even she admits she’s crazy, recently writing in a blog post about her “well-known and slightly comical ADD.”

Some of you may already recognize her name. If you like our Facebook page, you’ll recognize her as a recent “fan of the week” winner. She had fun with it the entire week, making all of us look forward to logging in each day. At the end of the week, she gave a speech and handed her crown to the following week’s winner.

On her personal page, she posts random things that just make you laugh out loud.

Like this:

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Not only is she hilarious and a ton of fun to follow, she has crazy things happen to her out there in the single world (which makes me think I should resurrect my “What is Going On?” book I started when I was dating).

Earlier this week, she had a guy hand her his number written on a condom while she was working out. Seriously, what is going on? Who does that?

But she’s not all fun and games. She’s wicked smart. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a political science degree. Even though she went on to work for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, we try not to hold that against her.

She’s one of the good guys in this crazy industry we call public relations. If you’re not a communicator, don’t worry. Her sense of humor, wit, and energy will prove you have many other things in common.

There are lots of places you can find her: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, the Call a Biz Hero podcast, and her blog (one of my favorites is, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten“).

Introduce yourself in the comments here, follow her, and you’ll soon see what I mean by deliciously crazy.

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger here at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. She is the co-author of Marketing in the Round and co-host of Inside PR. Her second book, Spin Sucks, is available now.

116 comments
lkpetrolino
lkpetrolino

@shonali thanks for sharing!! @ginidietrich totally made my century with this shout out! :)

MSchechter
MSchechter

@ginidietrich No far, my ADHD is well-known and slightly tragic… :)

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

I never got a call so can I have my condom back @LauraPetrolino sorry not usually that foward. But last time @belllindsay gave me grief for not making my move. Plus she said I needed to be rico suave, especially when meeting someone who is a do gooder promoting the National Resources Conservation Council.

 

so it is true @ginidietrich I told you that at every stop sign she gets out of her car...skis around it twice then does hammer time before getting back in and zipping ahead. You sure she isn't Canadian?

 

So Facebook. What is that? and how do I find you there? Is facebook something from Harry otter? A world full of magic?

 

So what kind of gifts did @LauraPetrolino receive today as you gift all honorees. I hope she got more than the Lifesaver Book I got.

lkpetrolino
lkpetrolino

@ginidietrich you=the best!! Thank you!!

lkpetrolino
lkpetrolino

@lauraclick ahhh....you're the best!!

barrettrossie
barrettrossie

You worked for the NRCC? God bless you, child! :-)  So great to meet you. Oh do we have things to talk about. Thanks @ginidietrich , you just started a movement!

MagnetCons
MagnetCons

Loved the piece and have "followed" Laura.  We love a little zany in our workplace.  Life's too short for stuffy boardrooms and taking oneself too seriously-- at work or elsewhere.

PattiRoseKnight1
PattiRoseKnight1

Hello Laura - love your blog about Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten - I just wish the world would learn #4.  Two little words make all the difference in the world but many find them hard to say even when they know they were wrong.

RebeccaTodd
RebeccaTodd

Woohoo!!! Happy Follow Friday to you Laura! Your comedic stylings never fail to bring a smile to my face, even if we do sometimes disagree on such vital issues as "parade floats as prophylactic dispensaries". Enjoy your day!!!

DallasK
DallasK

 @LauraPetrolino , why the heck did you have to tell everyone about me writing my number on a condom!?!!?  IT WAS THE ONLY THING I HAD TO WRITE ON AND NOT A SEXUAL STATEMENT!  

jdrobertson
jdrobertson

The time has come the Walrus said,

to speak of many things -

Of shoes and ships and sealing wax

and cabbages and kings

and if the sea is boiling hot -

and whether pigs have wings.

Lewis Carroll

LauraPetrolino
LauraPetrolino

 @HowieG  @belllindsay  @ginidietrich I donated your condom to the local swingers club. They were in need, plus it was a charitable contribution to 'Support Our Florida Swingers", (their local non-profit, an amazing advocacy group here in Florida. How do you think so many under privileged women here are able to afford the boob jobs they desperately need? That's right the Florida Swinger, who believe every woman, no matter race, religious beliefs or socio-economic status deserves the right to a good boob job...anyway, I digress). So total win/win and I got a tax deduction to boot! Holla! 

 

 

lauraclick
lauraclick

@lkpetrolino Don't mention it! I can't wait to FINALLY meet you at #SoSlam! It's gonna be great. Hope you have a fabulous weekend, Laura!

lkpetrolino
lkpetrolino

@barrettrossie woohoo! It's sooo exciting! My mom is so proud! :)

LauraPetrolino
LauraPetrolino

 @barrettrossie  @ginidietrich Hahah! NRSC (so Senate vs. Congress...we are obviously that much more superior because of our longer terms, haha) Do I have a fellow conservative on my team here?

 

I will say thought that when I worked for the party it was before the 'batshit' crazy sect (which is the official label I believe) of it really started their shenanigans. 

 

But, that being said, from a communications/marketing perspective Republican politics is such an interesting case study....of how to make yourself archaic and out of touch, not to mention lose elections that could be won if.....MUST STOP BEFORE I GO INTO FITS. Anyway, such a soap box issue I'd could go off on. Oh, how I'd love to get my hands on some campaigns!

 

Anyway, I'd love to chat!! 

LauraPetrolino
LauraPetrolino

 @PattiRoseKnight1 Word to that Patti! I think that is one of the drawbacks of living in a world that so much communication is done virtually....people have lost sense of responsibility or manners. period. end of story. 

lkpetrolino
lkpetrolino

@NickKellet thanks Nick! This has been such a fun day!!

LauraPetrolino
LauraPetrolino

 @RebeccaTodd Hahahaha! OMG! 

 

But for the record, I am neither for or against parade float prophylactic dispensaries. My only concern is how their use affects the international slut meter :)

LauraPetrolino
LauraPetrolino

 @allenmireles  You know, I was just thinking that I've never done an article about where the name came from! I'll have to do that soon now!

 

But wonderful to connect with you as well! @ginidietrich has certainly given me quite the reputation to live up to now! Ha :)

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

 @barrettrossie just realized I got it wrong. NRSC! National Rescue Seal Committee. Not quite as cool. But training rescue seals can be very rewarding!

lkpetrolino
lkpetrolino

@lauraclick I know! I'm sooo pumped! And I'm serious about this book! Let's make it happen

barrettrossie
barrettrossie

@lkpetrolino You'll be replying to blog posts and tweets all dang day. And oh year... stay away from creeps at the gym!

barrettrossie
barrettrossie

 @LauraPetrolino  Yes, even reading the word "Rep****can" will ruin some people's day, so let's not antagonize them. 

NickKellet
NickKellet

@lkpetrolino I'm sure it has. I had a mental block reading your story:) The guy in the gym left me speechless! And smirking!

DallasK
DallasK

 @LauraPetrolino  @Rebecca Amy Todd For the record, I have been the brainchild of some of your best ideas as of late.  The slut index/pie chart as well as the you tube videos.  I demand payment.

lkpetrolino
lkpetrolino

@barrettrossie I try! I'm a creep magnet! They find me!! Hahaha!

TaraGeissinger
TaraGeissinger

 @LauraPetrolino Small world! I grew up on Sanibel (from first grade on up) and my parents still live on the island. We spend a lot of time out there and I love it! We should definitely meet up this year in either location.

LauraPetrolino
LauraPetrolino

 @TaraGeissinger hahaha! Well let me know next time you are up here!

 

I love Ft. Myers, I spend a couple of weeks down at Sanibel every summer. Have been going down there since I was 2!

NickKellet
NickKellet

@lkpetrolino That's what I was thinking. Good inventions, poor execution:)

lkpetrolino
lkpetrolino

@NickKellet hahaha! Dear God! I've had ALOT of bad pick up lines in my day, but that one definitely wins the prize!!

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