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Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: Train Wrecks Across the Web

By: Gini Dietrich | March 4, 2011 | 
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I don’t know where you live, but March came in like a lamb in Chicago. Which is scary to me because, when the rest of the country has spring at the end of March, we’ll be in some sort of deep freeze which will keep me from being outside on my bike!

Don’t you keep me from my bike, Mother Nature! You already kept me from skiing in February!

Think she’s listening?

My Facebook status today is: The good news is Charlie Sheen was not on The Today Show today. The bad news? Latoya Jackson was.

I think all the crazies are out this week! And he who will only be named once in this entire blog post hits #5 on Gin and Topics today.

5. Two and a Half Minutes with Charlie Sheen. I really don’t want to give you know who anymore coverage, but this is just brilliant! My friend Christina Pappas works for ZMags and they created this electronic publication of all the crazy things he’s said this week. It’s really, really funny!

4. Do PR People Have to Like the Food? I really hate to give this New York Times blogger anymore awareness, but like you know who above, you can’t help but watch the train wreck. He dissects a comment left on last week’s blog post, word-by-word, and it turns out it makes him look like a complete tool without any help from anyone else.

3. Why Not Reading Fiction May Hurt Your Blog. One of the questions we ask when we interview candidates is, “What are you reading right now?” And we are looking for more than just the paper and some blogs. We want to see some fiction in there because it helps your creative thinking. Joey Strawn gives many more great reasons not reading fiction may be hurting your writing.

2. Ten Ways to Find Out If Your Idea Is Actually Brilliant. Last weekend Troy Claus said to me, “You know what I hate? When a good idea never sees the light of day.” Well Troy, this is for you! Ten things to consider about your next great idea before you pursue it. Maybe it’s not such a great idea after all!

1. Skip Bathroom Breaks to Make Better Decisions. Yes, seriously. A new study found that leaders make smarter, and better, decisions when they have a full bladder. I don’t know about you, but when I have to go, it’s all I can think about. But maybe I’m not the norm.

Have a great weekend!

Thanks, as always, to Jennifer Hallowes for the awesome photo!

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.

20 comments
NancyMyrland
NancyMyrland

Never have train wrecks had so many tools with which to show how adept they are at train-wreckery! They are going to happen at a more rapid pace because people who are "not right" seem to gravitate toward the most public forms of media possible! Soooo many lessons to learn....soooo many lessons for us to teach, right?! :-)

Brankica
Brankica

I laughed so hard at the PR comment, number 4. Those people are nuts :) Haven't read that blog before.

And number 2 had me at the photo already. Although there are some great tips in the article!
Where do you find these things :)

pwfitz5
pwfitz5

When Charlie Sheen says he has Tiger's blood; does he mean Tiger Woods?

KyleAkerman
KyleAkerman

Tiger Blood or not, Mr. Sheen is a good pick in the Dead Pool.

John Falchetto
John Falchetto

WINNING! My word for the weeekend. Thanks for these and don't believe a word the Telegraph writes. :)

DougLeavy
DougLeavy

Wow! you were not kidding about the blogger in #4. Tool might be an understatement, that was like the whole freaking tool isle at Lowes!

The Charlie Sheen from Zmags..WINNING!

C_Pappas
C_Pappas

Thanks for the shout-out Gini! We had a lot of fun making that zmag and no matter how many times I flip through it I still LOL. Glad I could have the same effect on you and hope your readers enjoy it too!

Agree - #1 is interesting and actually saw someone (wish I could remember who) tweeting about how much better they were during interviews when they had to go really bad.

balemar
balemar

I love that this week's Gin and Topics is focused on train wrecks - seems like there's been a lot this week!

Todd Lyden
Todd Lyden

Thanks for number 1. Now I have a good excuse for dancing like that

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@Brankica I couldn't get past the "people make better decisions when they have to pee." Seriously?!? All I can make a decision on is whether or not to be rude and leave a meeting because I have to go so badly!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@pwfitz5 LOL! If only the "normal" people could take the drug that is Charlie Sheen and not explode.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@John Falchetto Mr. D plays basketball on Friday mornings and he said everytime he hit a basket this morning he turned around and said, "WINNING!" Oy.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@C_Pappas Yeah see...I would not be good in an interview if I had to go. It's all I can think about. Weird.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@faybiz I would pay money to see you do that dance while making an important decision!