Rob’s blog

Links in lieu of writing

I'm on the job in Montreal this week, so there hasn't been a lot of time for actual blogging. But here's some of the stuff that's turned up in my late-night surfing ... and no, don't panic; it's all office-safe: Spy vs. Spyware: Over at, my brother (I...

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The cut-and-paste politician: John Sprovieri

The issues page on John Sprovieri's web page is blank now, and that's a pity. The Bramalea-Gore-Malton Conservative candidate had a comprehensive round-up of the issues facing the voters. The voters of Surrey, that is. As reported yesterday by the incomparable Sean...

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Digital gaffes, political and otherwise

Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz have been kind enough to run my audio comments in several editions of For Immediate Release, their outstanding podcast (subscription link) on the intersection of public relations and digital communications. Here's a transcript of my...

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Put your blogging to good use: be a mentor in 2006

By way of Beth Kanter at the Net2 blog, a cool blog mentoring project from one Katy Pearce: Interested in developing the worldwide blogosphere? Like working with young people? We are looking for bloggers from around the world to be a blogging mentor for 1 week...

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For bloggers, it’s a happy holiday

It's shaping up to be a shiny, happy holiday for all the excited girls and boys of the blogospheriverse. the official release of version 2.0 of their blogging software. They were going to allow us to open our presents a little early, naughty devils, but more mature...

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Gaffe-o-Meter: this election has a “tilt” light

I spent the 2004 campaign in the belly of the beast (friendly beast, very comfortable belly, no complaints from this end), and I was able to pay only passing attention to the Revolutionary Moderation Gaffe-o-Meter. This time, though, it's my go-to place whenever I see...

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Need help wiring your non-profit? NetSquared to the rescue!

For the past few months, I've been lucky enough to see an extraordinary project take shape: Net2 (pronounced "net squared"), a resource for non-profits that want to take their online presence to the next level: Through the immense possibilities of the Internet,...

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The message movie leaves the theatre and hits the web

Samuel Goldwyn once famously answered criticism that his company's films lacked artistic merit with a biting, "Pictures are for entertainment. Messages should be delivered by Western Union." That's more or less where J. Kelly Nestruck stands, too, in a discussion of...

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Blogging and podcasting NDP campaigns

Several NDP campaigns are blogging, and at least one is podcasting - and I think that deserves some recognition. So this page is going to serve as a repository for the Web 2.0-enabled NDP candidates. I've almost certainly missed some, and others will probably launch...

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Talk your way to stardom in Political Idol… or right here

Scott Piatkowski alerted me yesterday to CTV's contest, Political Idol: If you believe you have what it takes, here's how it works: Question Period viewers are asked to send in a minute-long written campaign speech on a topic of their choice to

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Public speaking and speechwriting: the essential guides

(photo of books with text) Leadership communications: the essential guides

Looking for advice on public speaking, speechwriting and leadership communications? Here are some of my most comprehensive posts, on topics that people ask me about most often.

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