Virtual Crisis Communications Workshop with Donald Steel

July 2nd, 10 am - 3 pm (EDT)


Virtual Crisis Communications Workshop with Donald Steel


July 2nd, 10 am - 3 pm (EDT)

About the Event

Do not miss the unique opportunity to meet Donald Steel, Former Chief Communications Adviser at BBC and one of the world's leading experts on crisis communications and reputation management!

This online interactive workshop is delivered from 10 am to 3 pm and includes a host of topics that  will improve how you respond  to and deal with a crisis, particularly through social media.

By the end of this program, you will will be able to:

  • Detect early warning signs for a crisis, and minimize the damages
  • Structure a robust and effective crisis management and communication plan
  • Manage diverse stakeholders and communicate efficiently in times of complex crisis
  • Choose the right messaging channels
  • Communicate when information is scarce
  • Dealing with aggressive media interviews better
  • Craft powerful key messages and take full control of media exposure
  • Leverage social media for effective crisis and communication management
  • Rebuild trust and reputation post-crisis

Facts & Figures

Did you know?

  • Donald was  for  11  years  the  chief media  spokesman at the  British Broadcasting Corporation  in  London,  where  he  handled   some  of the biggest  media stories of the last decade, including terrorism, murder, kidnappings and major  political crisis.
  • He now works with high profile individuals and corporate clients in the  UK, Europe,  the  Balkans, the Middle  East  and  Asia-Pacific. 
  • Donald is a regular  guest lecturer at the London  School of Economics and the China Media Centre in  London.
  • He was  elected   a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2008 and is an associate director of crisis communications at Kenyon International Emergency Services and of Johnston Associates, a leading aviation PR company.


Donald Steel Former Chief Communications Advisor, BBC



Crisis Communication: Then and Now
- How the smartphone and social media is changing citizen and consumer behavior
- The implications for crisis and issue management
- How pictures, not words, are becoming decisive


Crisis and Issue Classification 

- How to classify issues in your organization and defining which consitute a crisis
- The Red- Amber - Green model

- Which resources to apply to which classification


 Exercise: The Importance of Narrative
In this exercise, we explore the concept of narrative, and why in handling issue and crisis, it is a battle for control of your narrative. We explore the war of narratives going on in your organisation and how to make sure the dominant one is the positive narrative.
- How to define the positive and negative narratives of your organisation
- Using your narrative to change your professional practice
- How you can keep the positive narrative dominant over the negative


Lunch for Speakers and Delegates


Messaging In Issues and Crisis 
- The rules of a core message (few, simple and repeated) when handling a serious issue or a crisis.  
- The hierarchy of messages
- Communicating your values through your messages

13.00Social Media In Issues and Crisis 

- Social media toolkit for crisis

- The role of the “dark” website

- The use of grayscale

- Preparing pictures for a crisis 


Short Break


Crisis Simulation Excercise
This simulation explores:
- The need for speed and how to prepare for emergencies in advance
- The importance of messaging
- The need to stay focused
- The role of the CEO in communications
- Using all channels to communicate 
- The simulation will give practical experience and tips on
The rules of early crisis statements
- The crisis media interview
- The crisis press conference


End of Crisis Simulation Workshop

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