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Your Audience is Always Right

October 25, 2022

President Lee Carter and CEO Michael Maslansky are joined by Partner Keith Yazmir to talk about how maslansky + partners invented language strategy, why certain messages resonate (and don’t), and share some of their favorite Language Strategy wins: from Starbucks VIA® Instant Coffee to variable annuities.

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The Smartest, Stupidest, + Savviest Messages of 2021 (So Far)

June 1, 2021

Season One of HearSay ends with a bang: the smartest, savviest, + stupidest messages of 2021 so far. Michael and Lee are joined by HearSay veterans Keith and Katie to give their takes on the messages that have stood out: from Voltswagen, to Harry and Megan’s Oprah interview (and the royal response), to President Biden’s infrastructure plan and the true pronunciation of “cheugy.” They focus in not just in some of the biggest language moments of the year so far — but what we can all learn from them.

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Tell A Different Story: Words To Use And Lose For Sustainability Comms

May 25, 2021

With everyone telling their sustainability story, are you cutting through the crowd? Have you found one bold idea to center your communications around? It used to be that sustainability experts evaluated how companies were performing in this area. But now, customers and employees alike are paying attention. The old language of sustainability doesn’t work now. This week on HearSay, Michael and Lee welcome back podcast alumni Will Howard and Sachi Pettit to talk about all things sustainability, including how to respond appropriately to your critics, examples of successful corporate sustainability communication frameworks (from programs/products like Starbucks’ Shared Planet, Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, and Adidas’ Ocean Shoe), and how to depoliticize your sustainability language.

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The Language of a Leader in Employee Communications 

May 18, 2021

Which audience is most important for your business? Many say it’s clients or customers. But often the most overlooked and valuable audience is your employees.  Whether it’s communicating about the post-COVID return, your mission and values, or your new offerings, how you engage your employees is critical to your business success. This week on HearSay, Michael and Lee welcome Larry Moscow and Katie Cronen to talk about all of that and more, including why some words like “agile,” efficient,” “innovative” and “transformational” might not be effective and what language you should use instead.

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The Scalable Fact: Defining Corporate Purpose

May 11, 2021

So much is written about how important purpose is to a business especially now. But what is purpose? How do you become a purpose driven organization rather than just a company with a purpose statement? Podcast alumni Katie Cronen and Sachi Pettit join Michael and Lee to talk about identifying scalable stories, getting your purpose in front of the right people, and the value of a master narrative. They use poignant examples from companies like Toyota, Airbnb, Google, and Hershey to help you find the symbols that bring your company’s story to life.

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The one tool we use for every language strategy project

May 4, 2021

What’s the difference between a glass half full and a glass half empty? A school with the most graduates and a school with the largest alumni network? Plant-based protein and synthetic meat? In this week’s edition of HearSay, Michael and Lee are joined by colleagues Will Howard and Katie Cronen to talk about framing — the heart and soul of m+p’s language expertise.  Join us for some of our favorite framing examples and why it’s an important exercise for companies.

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The One Question Every Customer Experience Should Answer

April 27, 2021

maslansky + partners’ Senior Vice Presidents Maria Boos and Katie Cronen join Michael and Lee to talk about the language of customer experience and why it’s so important to get the language right. Especially now, what makes it harder? How can we do it right? We share what we have learned from companies in the marketplace today and work that we’ve done in the past.  They cover the one question all communicators should be able to answer, how to define success, and the importance of intuition and simplicity.

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Leading in times of crisis: learning when + how to communicate corporate beliefs

April 20, 2021

Michael and Lee are joined by colleague Sachi Pettit in a conversation about when companies should speak out and what it takes to be a leader, especially on difficult issues. They talk about confronting racism, equality, and how to find common ground even when it seems impossible. They talk about specific case studies from Proctor & Gamble and a project where they found a way to engage even the most skeptical audiences in the climate movement.

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Words with New Meaning in a Post-Pandemic World

April 13, 2021

What do the phrases white glove, high-touch, and clean have in common? They’ve changed meaning and use for safety precautions and standards in a global pandemic. But the language shifts we’ve seen go beyond safety: birthday parties, happy hour, weekend getaways, middle seats on airplanes, virtual banking. This week, Michael and Lee welcome colleagues Catherine Farr and Will Howard to talk about words that changed meaning over the past year. And the lifecycle of the pandemic lexicon.

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Communicating the COVID-19 Vaccine: Common Ground + Cognitive Biases

April 6, 2021

Is it possible to persuade folks to take the COVID-19 vaccine? In this week’s edition of HearSay, Michael and Lee talk to colleague and pharma expert Sarah Hendry about the unique challenges in getting people vaccinated. They touch on cognitive biases at play, past healthcare experience that may impact today’s hesitancy, missed opportunities at some key moments, and whether its even possible to find common ground with anti-vaxxers.

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