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Learn how to prepare a crisis communication plan like a top professional!
You can understand how to use the key components of a crisis communication plan to help your organization survive and even create opportunities from a crisis.
From: Kim Harrison
Crises are rare events, but their impact is so great that astute organizations prepare plans to counter their effects. US research showed that 53% of all businesses hit by a crisis will not survive if they don’t have an adequate recovery plan in place.
Have you ever been in an organizational crisis? Do you understand the goals of crisis communication? Do you need to prepare a crisis communication plan?
Senior management often think of the damage caused by operational emergencies, but don’t consider the greater potential dangers caused by poor communication.
You may be expected to develop a communication plan as part of your organization’s overall emergency preparedness. But what is the best way to go about this?
You may be struggling to find practical guidelines and advice on putting a crisis communication plan together. It is specialized work and you may not have enough experience or knowledge to put it together. Being a PR practitioner can be a lonely experience because often there is no one else in the organization to turn to.
Unfortunately, most PR textbooks say little about crisis communication. I know, because I’ve read them. They are written by academics who have never experienced the real thing. They don’t know how crisis communication works in organizations.
Crisis communication is different from other forms of communication. A crisis creates extreme pressure. It overwhelms you!
You don’t have time to think in a crisis!
Crises don’t give you any time. You don’t have time to prepare. You don’t have the time to buy new toner when it runs out (and it will at the worst moment!). You don’t have the time to wait for a photocopier to be fixed.
It all happens immediately. Everyone wants to know all at once what is happening. You feel you are being overwhelmed with demands from media and other stakeholders. You don’t even have a chance to brief your own staff properly so they can speak sensibly to the media.
Unless you are faced with a slow burning crisis that takes place over a period of time, like a takeover, the crisis will give you no time to get your staff back from vacation, from sick leave or from conferences.
I learned the hard way about crises!
I remember my first crisis vividly. I was Corporate Affairs Manager at a power utility. Dozens of media calls suddenly banked up out of nowhere one afternoon. I knew the callers were waiting, but I didn’t know why they were ringing. My senior media officer was so swamped with calls he didn’t have a moment to tell me what had struck. I had to find out from my secretary what was happening.
A cyclone had forced the shutdown of the offshore production platforms that supplied natural gas through a 2,000-mile pipeline for generating 40% of the State’s electricity. Hundreds of thousands of customers were hit by a power blackout.
I started to sweat. It was turning into a nightmare. Each media call in these situations takes some time. They want to know the background to the crisis – and radio news reporters especially want to interview you for their news broadcasts. You can’t take shortcuts through these types of interviews. The thought kept running through my mind: would I get fired if the media turned nasty?
I got a couple of other PR staff together and had to push my senior media officer away from the calls so we could all get together for a minute to synchronize our messages to media. After three hours we were catching up with the backlog, but it had been a huge fright!
Fortunately, senior management must have thought I knew what I was doing because they asked me to conduct an emergency and crisis management review. I examined the emergency management policies and procedures and recommended sweeping improvements.
If we didn’t sort out this out fast, the company would go bust!
Another crisis happened to me when the large construction company where I was Corporate Affairs Manager was building the $200 million Great Southern Stand at the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, venue for the 1956 Olympic Games. The huge new stand would hold 40,000 spectators, but first we had to demolish the old stand, which contained acres of asbestos roofing.
Suddenly an activist organization tried to shut down the project because they said our employees weren’t handling the asbestos removal safely. The activists telephoned us, telling us to stop until our work practices were acceptable to them.
We ignored them, so they went to the media. It was the lead story on television that night and in the daily newspaper next morning!
Government inspectors arrived and we had to stop while they checked our work. We were running behind on the contract, which was subject to a $1.5 million per day penalty clause for any delays in completion. It took quick thinking to solve that problem. We called in a medical professor, who had dealt for 30 years with asbestos-related disease (known as mesothelioma), to inspect the site – and he declared it was safe.
During those times I wished I had a manual or reference book to help guide me on crisis communication. Instead, I had to learn the one essential lesson in crisis communication the hard way.
In the 10 years since then I have researched the international literature for best-practice crisis communication principles and procedures. Why? I have always been a bit of an educator at heart, and could learn and pass on this information to others:
And so I came to write this ebook.
But don’t just listen to me!
Here is some feedback from readers about this ebook on crisis communication and how it works in organizations:
“I enjoyed the text and believe it should be required reading for people who have had a few years experience and need a no-nonsense guide to help them broaden their thinking and tap into the management and strategic levels.”
“It is very relevant…and practical. The complexity of some areas of practice in crisis communications is simply illustrated and discussed…”
Through his free flowing and engaging presentational style and use of case studies and detailed check lists, Kim Harrison has succeeded in providing both a philosophical framework and an invaluable hands-on guide.”
“The ebook really is a great resource, and one that I always recommend.”
“This is just a note of congratulations on your EXCELLENT ebook! …Very impressed with it.”
The results are here in this ebook –
A wealth of practical tips and guidelines!
Crisis communication is specialized work. There’s not much practical information available in the marketplace. What information is around isn’t cheap. A crisis communication manual published by an international PR association sells for US$230.
What I give you here can’t easily be found elsewhere. In this ebook I give you the technique to analyze the importance of specific stakeholders in a crisis. With this technique you can pinpoint which matters are important to you and how particular stakeholders rank on those matters compared with other stakeholders.
When you conduct this analysis and report to senior management they will be most impressed at your expertise!
In this ebook you benefit from my experience gained during actual crises, from the good things and the errors, and from my painstaking research. You don’t have to do the hard work. I have done it for you. You can instantly take advantage of all this at a special low cost.
Here’s what you get in this ebook:
And that’s not all!
When you sign up for my ebook on Innovative Strategies for Crisis Communication you also get six special templates that help you prepare professionally for any crisis:
You get all this for only US$39.95!
Why is this such a great value?
Well, this ebook gives you an insider’s understanding of how to prepare for crises and how to minimize their impact. You can use this knowledge straight away – instantly! The templates enable you to start working on crisis preparation immediately!
I have based this information on my own practical knowledge gained over 27 years including three actual crisis situations PLUS my extensive research of the communication literature in the past 8 years.
This ebook stays on the point. I don’t waffle. I keep your practical application of this information in my mind the whole way.
When you compare prices, you can see this provides great value. A crisis communication manual from one of the largest PR associations costs $230 and doesn’t contain any more practical information than this ebook.
There are costly workshops held on risk and crisis management, but few on crisis communication.
There are some books on crisis management available, but they don’t focus on crisis communication – this is a specialized area that few people know much about.
This ebook therefore fills a gap in the marketplace about knowledge of crisis communication. If you use the principles, guidelines and examples in this ebook, you will be able to justify the importance of crisis communication in any with any crisis management situation.
This will be great for your career and a big plus for your organization!
You get a 100% money-back guarantee!
You have this genuine 12-month guarantee:
If you are not fully satisfied with this ebook for any reason, just request your money back at any time within 12 months of purchase and I will return your purchase price in full – no questions asked. Well…actually I would very politely enquire why, to help improve the future content.
Why would I take such a risk and possibly let people take advantage of me?
Well, I go by the experience with my book, Strategic Public Relations. People thought my book provided great value for money! From the thousands of sales of my book over the past five years, I have had no requests for refunds – only a couple of requests for credits when books were damaged in the mail!
These special bonuses give you even more value!
You get three free bonuses that enable you to swing into crisis preparation straight away!
As a consultant, my time isn’t cheap. I charge $100 per hour. If you were my client, I would charge you $400 for these bonuses, based on the amount of time it has taken to plan, research, write and edit them, but I’m making them available to you for free as a special offer when you buy my ebook on crisis communication!
Free checklist! Detailed crisis communication planning checklist of 65 important points.
Twenty-two sample crisis preparedness questions you can ask senior management, which makes you look extremely professional.
Sample pre-prepared statement to issue in response to fears of terrorist attack. It tells you exactly what you say when you are confronted with everyone’s worst nightmare – when you are asked if the event has been caused by a terrorist attack.
Remember, these bonuses are worth $400. When you apply them you will look like a real professional!
When you buy this ebook for US$39.95 you get all the essential information you need on crisis communication as well as $400 worth of bonuses for free!
All this is available to you for just US$39.95.
If you act immediately you will receive these bonuses, which you can use to prepare for a crisis. These will make you look really professional.
It’s easy to order!
PS I believe this offer provides great value and will help you to shine in the eyes of your management.
PPS Other great ebooks are also available here. Just click here to find out the range of other topics in this Cutting Edge PR series.
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