Gilchrist Group CFA Blacksmith Graphic 2017Pamela Gilchrist, APR, Gilchrist Group CEO, and Chick-fil-A® have been named 2017 Public Relations Society (PRSA) Cincinnati Chapter Blacksmith Award’s finalists for Chick-fil-A Northern Kentucky’s “Stuff The Bus Challenge” media relations success.

Chick-fil-A, in partnership with area school districts, created the “Stuff The Bus Challenge,” a friendly competition between three Northern Kentucky Chick-fil-A restaurants to provide a fun, easy means for the community to donate school supplies for families in need.

Live coverage from two network TV stations throughout the morning, as well as digital, radio and print news stories topped more than 500,000 impressions. The Chick-fil-A Stuff The Bus Challenge collected more than 17,500 school supplies from 5,860 people in one day.

Media Mentions Drive Results For Kenton County School District 

“The Kenton County School District is so thankful for Chick-fil-A’s efforts in getting the community to come out for the Stuff the Bus event. All of the local media coverage really helped drive traffic to the event. Stuff the Bus allowed Kenton County to collect more than 7,400 school supplies, which was more than we had ever collected.  The supplies, distributed to the Family Resource Centers, ensured that our students got off to a great start in the new school year!” said Jess Dykes, director of Public Information.

About Gilchrist Group

Gilchrist holds Universal Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), is a member of the prestigious PRSA Counselors Academy and was named PRSA Cincinnati Professional-of-the-Year in 2009. She has held numerous leadership and board positions and has been a featured speaker at the Counselors Academy annual conference. Her work has also earned top honors from Bulldog Reporter, Hermes Creative Awards, the International Public Relations Association, as well as numerous national, district and local awards.

She founded the Gilchrist Group 18 years ago after a successful career inside three Fortune 500 organizations. The Gilchrist Group Optimizes Outcomes™ for businesses and leaders. Clients trust Gilchrist to guide them through times of growth and change with breakthrough business strategies, go-to-market road maps and influencer engagement campaigns. As an executive communications coach, Gilchrist works with leaders to raise emotional intelligence, improve executive presence and perfect pitches. Her marketing/communications expertise is sought after by clients nationwide and she frequently speaks at industry conferences and events.

 

Pam Gilchrist To Speak At NKY Chamber Women's Summit 2016Author, Speaker and Business Leader Pamela Gilchrist will be a featured speaker at the NKY Chamber It’s Time to Take the Lead  Women’s Leadership Summit on June 29, 2016 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

Gilchrist, known for Optimizing Outcomes™ for business and leaders will present “Fast Fixes To Ditch Team Dysfunction.” This popular session focuses on why people click or conflict and what you can do about it. As a Certified Personality Style Trainer, Gilchrist will reveal nine universal personality types and provide life hacks for building effective relationships with each style in the workplace.

“You will gain insights on popular figures from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to Prince and Oprah Winfrey that will help you easily identify personality patterns,” Gilchrist said. “Whether you’re frustrated by constant correctors, pleasers, competitors, naval gazers or dreamers, my fun, energetic session takes the top off of the box of life and gives you the instructions.”

Nearly 500 women are expected to attend this inaugural conference for the Regional Women’s Summit, hosted by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative. Speakers will inspire and educate, promising substantial take a-ways to bring back to the office. The conference is designed for young professionals, mid and senior career women, those contemplating second careers, and entrepreneurs. Learn how to become an effective professional and acquire the skills you need to ascend to the next level of your career. Register at: www.nkychamber.com.

A former Fortune 500 insider, Gilchrist is founder and chief strategist at the Gilchrist Group, a management consulting, marketing and training firm. A sought-after speaker for conferences and industry events, she also confidentially coaches leaders on personal branding, C-Suite communications, key messaging, executive presence, speech development and platform stagecraft. For more than 25 years, she has studied and applied behavioral communications methods that achieve proven results in marketing/communications and personal development.

Featured in the New York Times Best Selling Chicken Soup For The Soul, she is past president of the National Speakers Association Ohio Chapter, an Accredited (APR) member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and member of its prestigious Counselors Academy. A Michigan native, Gilchrist holds a master’s degree from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, and is a certified personality type trainer through Loyola University Institute of Pastoral Studies in Chicago.

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Pam Gilchrist Wins Top Award For Brand Management

Pam Gilchrist Wins Top Award For Brand Management

Pamela Gilchrist has just been honored with a PRSA East Central District Diamond Award for brand management. She was the only marketing/communications professional in the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area to earn this honor.

Pam received the award for her work on law firm Strauss Troy’s brand management video: “Brand Storytelling Through Client Testimonials.”

“The goal of the project was to be client centric, to let our clients tell the story through their own eyes  and share how our attorneys have helped their businesses grow,” Gilchrist said. “In professional services, especially the legal industry, brand differentiation is a critical. While referral still plays an important role, 75% of pre-purchase decisions are made after verification online at a firm’s website, on Google  or You Tube. This new digital asset will further distinguish Strauss Troy as the firm of choice for businesses in the region.”

 Winners of its district-wide Diamond Awards program exemplify brilliance in public relations campaigns and tactics conducted by professionals practicing in our geographic region. Panels of independent, professional judges review and score entries based on: research, planning, execution, results and budget.
Judges commented on the use of quantifiable measurement methods; primary and secondary research, using available resources in a creative manner, the ability to overcome challenges, as well as the overall ROI of time/budget invested.

Judges Comments Included:

  • Interesting use of video, especially in a commonly conservative profession.
  • Very well done. In-depth research, with clear budgeting and the anecdotal research really added to the overall results of the campaign
  • Use of research methods are detailed and clear, and illustrate how the insights gleaned contributed to your overall approach – great job!

Pam is Chief Strategist at the Gilchrist Group and also serves as Director of Marketing for Strauss Troy. She holds Universal Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), is a member of the prestigious PRSA Counselors Academy and has held numerous national and local leadership positions in the organization throughout her career.  She  earned her master’s degree from The Ohio State University and bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University.  Her work has also won top honors from the International Public Relations Association, as well as numerous national, district and local awards. Her experience includes work inside three Fortune 500 companies, as well as serving as an account executive at a regional ad/pr agency a.

The East Central District is comprised of 16 chapters of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), concentrated in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Western and Northwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky. The District’s 37th Annual Diamond Awards competition recognizes shining examples of public relations campaigns and tactics.

 
Enjoyed sharing personal branding strategies at NSA Ohio this weekend. We all have a brand, whether we know it or not. So be intentional. Image-crafting matters. As Bill Stainton said, you never know when a client or prospect is near. He was traveling on an airplane, reviewing his notes for a speech, when the woman sitting next to him said “You must be our speaker!”
While we work hard to craft a professional personal brand, perhaps Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon said it best: “Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room.”
It is critical that your personal brand is aligned with your authentic self, intentional, aligned with your go-to-market strategy and crystal clear.
If you want to learn more, pick up a copy of Speak More and read my section “Get Passionate About Personal Branding.”

COLUMBUS, OH – April 17, 2012 — Strategist and Speaker Pam Gilchrist will present “From Chaos To Clarity: Leadership Secrets To Optimize Outcomes” at the NSA Ohio Speaker Showcase at Mills James TV Production Studios in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, April 19th.

Passionate about adding impact, Gilchrist is a frequently requested speaker for corporate, association and non-profit organizations. Her leadership and life lessons will help you optimize outcomes and navigate what’s next. With her wit, wisdom and inspiring style, she connects with audiences at every level as she shares stories and reveals insider secrets of what works at top companies—and what doesn’t.

As chief strategist at the Gilchrist Group®, executives and organizations seek her expertise during times of dramatic growth and change to move from chaos to clarity. Gilchrist’s proven, international award-winning results grow businesses, guide leaders, sharpen brands and increase engagement.

For more than 25 years, she has held key roles inside Fortune 100, multi-billion dollar companies and consulted with organizations across the country on how to improve impact through breakthrough business strategies, next level leadership and branded high-impact communications.

Featured in the soon to be released book: Best Marketing Practices For Speakers, you will also find her stories in the New York Times best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons for Women and other publications.

Whether you are looking for a high-energy keynote or a great breakout session, learn more about Pam Gilchrist at www.pamgilchrist.com.

The NSA Ohio Speaker Showcase Event is being produced by Mills James. In addition to hearing some of Ohio’s top thought leaders, guests will get an exclusive all-access, behind the scenes pass to one of the top state-of-the-art production studios in the country. Mills James has a well-earned, excellent reputation for live, on location meeting and event production and video storytelling. To get all the details or register go to: http://bit.ly/nsaspeaks.

I will share my passion for Personal Branding and PR at the NSA Ohio ProTrack seminar on March 17, 2012. Look for insider secrets in future blog posts.

If you are a professional or emerging speaker this session is for you. At the seminar you will learn how to build a strong personal brand, develop a go-to-market roadmap and become a well-known “Expert with Influence™.”  The session will include tips on thought leadership, content strategies, website integration, public relations and social media.

Fellow NSA Ohio Speaker Jim Canterucci, CEO, Transition Management Advisors and Sarah Storer, senior content marketing strategist, The Karcher Group, will also present a session on social media. The live event will be streamed online using ustream. It begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Downtown Technology Center, 423 E. Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. For information visit: www.nsaohio.com

About:

Professional Speaker Pamela Gilchrist Shares Her Passion For Personal Branding & PR

Pamela Gilchrist, an international award-winning, Fortune 100 leadership and communications expert,  shares her wit and wisdom on Business Strategy | Change Leadership | Brand Presence | Influencer Engagement with corporate and association audiences across the country. As chief strategist and CEO at the Gilchrist Group®, she advises organizations on how to have more impact by focusing on breakthrough business strategies, brand identity and influencer engagement. She is well-known for her high-level C-suite coaching on thought leadership, executive presence and personal branding.

The Gilchrist Group®,is a strategic business consulting firm specializing in business growth, executive leadership and high impact communications. The firm has deep expertise in guiding organizations through times of significant growth and change. Founded in 1999, the international award-winning firm has significant Fortune 500 experience and serves clients in a wide-range of industries across the country. Learn more: gilchristgroup.com

As chief strategist at the Gilchrist Group®, Pam advises executives on how to have more impact to improve perceptions and connections. Organizations that need results during times of growth and change seek Pam out for her proven methods including: go-to-market roadmaps, executive coaching and high impact communications designed to increase influence and engagement.

A former Fortune 100 leadership and communications executive, she has held key roles inside multi-billion dollar companies and advises organizations across the country using her proven international award-winning leadership and communications methods. From business unit launches to crisis communications, Pam has counseled executives for more than 25+ years on how to improve impact by focusing on breakthrough business strategies, next level leadership and branded communications.

Pam’s combination of vision, executive management expertise and guidance helps organizations achieve maximum results. She has earned the highest honor in the PR Industry – a Golden World Trophy from the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) for her customer engagement work at a Fortune 500 company before she turned 30. She was named PR Professional-of-the-Year by the Cincinnati Chapter of PRSA and her work has been declared “Best In Show” by her peers.

To book Pam to speak at your next event or to see her 2012 catalogue of speaking topics visit: www.pamgilchrist.com. You can follow her on twitter @pamgilchrist.

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The Romney campaign has been a smooth-running, flawless manufacturing operation for years. All systems go.

What Romney lacked in South Carolina, however, is the same thing that many change leaders lack. The failure to tap into an emotional vein.

A CNN political pundit put it well when he said, “You can serve a mayonnaise sandwich on a silver tray – but it still has no taste.”

That’s exactly what happened to Mitt Romney in South Carolina. Information alone won’t result in change. Compliance is not commitment.

As author Rick Mauer puts it so eloquently in his book Beyond the Wall of Resistance, “The myth is: All I need to do is tell them…but what many leaders miss is that just giving people facts and figures doesn’t cut it.” To make a case for change, people need to feel the heat of the burning platform.

Simply put, people don’t make decisions on data and information alone. They want passion.

Contrary to Romney, Newt Gingrich might be boot-strapping his campaign together, but he clearly understands the critical importance of emotional appeal.

For any initiative to be successful, whether it’s organizational change or a political campaign, people must feel a sense of urgency and have emotional momentum. Otherwise, you just have an empty sandwich.

The third and most important hurdle is trust. While information and emotion count, trust is critical. Without it a leader is paralyzed. It will be interesting to watch which candidate can truly capture the trust of Republican voters.

Now… Who’s hungry?

 

Pamela Gilchrist, chief strategist at Gilchrist Group, will present “NO FEAR: How To Successfully Survive A Crisis” at

Professional Speaker Pamela Gilchrist To Present "NO FEAR" Crisis Communications Workshop At OSAE Conference

the 2011 Ohio Society of Association Executives (OSAE) Annual Conference and Marketplace. Her session takes place Thursday, July 28 at 1:15 p.m. at the Cincinnati Marriott North in West Chester, Ohio.

The interactive session will focus on the essentials for associations when managing a crisis — and most importantly how to plan for and avoid crises in the first place.

“You don’t build reputation during a crisis. That’s the time when you withdraw on the bank of goodwill that you’ve built up over time with your stakeholders,” Gilchrist said

Gilchrist’s Top Three Crisis Tips:
1. Regularly engage with key constituents both online and off
2. Continuously monitor your ecosystem inside and out
3. Failure to plan is planning to fail — don’t wing it

Pam Gilchrist is a professional speaker and international-award winning, Fortune 500 communications and leadership expert. As chief strategist and CEO at the Gilchrist Group™, she advises organizations on how to have more impact by focusing on breakthrough business strategies, brand identity and influencer engagement.

She has guided organizations through crises ranging from reputation to tragedy for more than 25 years and is “on call” for numerous organizations. Gilchrist is accredited (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America where she is a member of its Counselors Academy. Gilchrist also serves as operations director for the National Speakers Association Ohio Chapter and on the public relations committee for the Nothern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

The Gilchrist Group is a strategic business consulting firm specializing in business growth, executive leadership and high impact communications. The firm has special expertise in guiding organizations through times of significant growth and change.

When you want impact – choose the Gilchrist Group™.
We build businesses. gilchristgroup.com

 

 

What’s the biggest, freakiest thing you have ever overcome?

Think about it for a second.

If you’ve had any “good life experience” (as my father-in-law calls it), you’ve probably had those moments that seemed insurmountable… when the big wave was going to crush you and pull you under.

Don’t miss Keynote Speaker Pam Gilchrist, Friday morning April 8, 2011 at the Ohio IAWP Spring Institute as she shares “Tsunami Success™: How To Surf The Big Waves And Seize Success Now. Pam will share tips on how to:

1. Seize emerging opportunities to strengthen market share 

2. Adapt quickly to the rapidly changing socio-economic landscape
ahead of your competitors 

4. Leveraging core strengths in the new economy 

5. Learn how to be THE industry thought leader in the recovery 

Surfer Laird Hamilton faces those waves every time he pulls on his big boy shorts, crawls on his board and waits for a swell. If you don’t know much about the sandy-haired, muscle-bound surfing kamikaze who attacks waves the size of seven story buildings raging at 30 miles per hour — you should

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Cincinnati, OH – March 25, 2010 – The Gilchrist Group™, a Greater Cincinnati-based strategic business and communications consulting firm, has garnered two top industry awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

The Gilchrist Group was honored with a Diamond Award from PRSA’s East Central District for the launch of Otterbein Homes’ newest skilled nursing care and rehabilitation small house neighborhood – Avalon by Otterbein at Maineville in Hamilton Township. This is both the second time that Otterbein has partnered with the Gilchrist Group on a neighborhood launch and that the work has won top awards.

“Pam Gilchrist’s knowledge and communications expertise has been extremely valuable to our organization. She and her team have provided strategic guidance on media relations and issues management. We truly appreciate her expert knowledge and feel blessed having her as a trusted partner,” said Gary Horning, vice president of marketing, Otterbein Homes, Inc.

Additionally, Gilchrist Group won the “Best in Show” campaign award and a top research category award at the PRSA Cincinnati Chapter’s Blacksmith Awards. The award was given for the firm’s Communications Effectiveness Research for the Greater Cincinnati Health Council.

“Best-practice organizations build communications benchmarks into their strategic plans. Our work with the Health Council established a solid baseline for future measurement and outlined a series of recommendations to align all communications to drive member engagement and achieve strategic objectives,” said Pamela Gilchrist, MA, APR, chief strategist and CEO at the Gilchrist Group.

The Gilchrist Group conducted a communications audit, a series of in-depth interviews and teamed with R.L. Repass and Partners for development of an online survey tool. The findings of the research are guiding alignment of all communications for the Health Council. “We were extremely pleased with the outcome of the work and feel we have a solid path to move forward in our journey,” said Nancy Strassel, senior vice president at the Health Council.

“The feedback that we receive from the independent judges is validation that we continue to provide a high-level of excellence and impact to our clients,” said Gilchrist who was named 2009 PRSA Professional-of-the-Year. Independent judges from the Houston PRSA Chapter had this to say about the research: “An excellent example of how communications research should be conducted! Very thorough. Execution clearly defined and well executed. Excellent research.”

About The Gilchrist Group:
Gilchrist Group™ is a strategic business and communications consulting firm that works with organizations experiencing times of dramatic growth and change in three key areas: business strategy, executive leadership and high impact communications. By focusing on influence and engagement, the firm brings Fortune 500 expertise in areas such as: strategic road maps; next level leadership development; change management; communications research; best practice and gap analysis; go-to-market plans, and Marketing|PR|Social integration. Chief Strategist and CEO Pamela Gilchrist is also a frequently requested speaker at corporate and industry conferences. Founded in 1999 as PR~Link Public Relations, the international award-winning firm serves clients across the country in a wide-range of industries including: financial services, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, engineering, government and not-for-profit.

To learn how your organization can benefit from the firm’s strategic planning, leadership develop and high impact communications, contact Pam Gilchrist at: pgilchrist@gilchristgroup.com or call 859-431-9090.

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