Don’t let a stutter trip you up – It didn’t for King George VI, Jeff Davis…or me

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In various posts over the years I’ve mentioned my former colleague and friend Jeff Davis who now runs FoodFete, a series of events for makers of specialty foods to show off their wares to the media. I met Jeff when we both worked at Alexander Communications in the mid 90’s (and we both also worked for Edelman albeit at different times), and he then left to start his own firm.  After building his firm, he decided to do something different and began Food Fete.

So Jeff spent quite a few years working in PR, and then his own events company where he’s constantly interacting with vendors, clients and the media.  Here’s one thing you may not know, Jeff stutters.  You’d think that this might cause him to choose a career where he never has to talk with people. You’d be wrong.

There has been quite a bit of attention giving to those who stutter recently due to the success of the recent film “The King’s Speech,” about the difficulties faced by King George VI.  Along with the attention are news articles about stuttering and people who face it every day. Earlier this week, CNN ran just such a story and featured Jeff Davis in the lead. Read the whole article here read a bit more on Jeff’s blog or just read my favorite part from the article:

“I’ve met stutterers that just, they just retreat, in their life and in their job. They take a job sitting in the back where they never have to talk to anybody. That’s just not my personality,” he said. “If I stutter, I stutter, and it’s just going to be hard.”

His job involves event production and sales — and, although it requires a lot of speaking, which can be difficult, he believes that his stutter has helped him develop a reputation for honesty.

Oh, by the way, I work in PR and I do stutter quite often as well.




What browser do I use? It depends

I used to be a FireFox guy, but by version 3.6 I noticed it was slowing down quite a bit and freezing more and more.  Since I used to work at Apple, my next stop was Safari. I love Safari, there’s only one big problem with it, Google Reader. I use Google Reader to organize, retrieve and follow lots of blogs and news sources.  However, when I open and log in to Google Reader on Safari, it looks like this:

I can’t find any way to set up a preview pane or anything. For contrast, when I do the same using Google Chrome, it looks just like it did in FireFox:

Am I doing something wrong or is Google not playing nice with Safari? Until I figure this out, I’m going to be using Safari for everything except for Google Reader. Anyone have any ideas for why this happens?

Is this tacky or is it just me? Asking your boss for an autograph after his speech

Last February I wrote about the “PR Guy’s Dilemma,” and the question of a PR person taking pictures with famous clients or getting their autographs.  I don’t do this.  I’m sure at some point I’m going to regret it as I’ve been lucky to meet and work with some incredibly interesting and famous people.

I understand not everyone feels the same way as I do about this, and apparently members of Congress do as well.  Watch the video below of the President signing autographs after the 2011 State of the Union Address, with bonus mention of eBay.

At Morgan/Dorado we work with a lot of interesting clients. One of these clients is the Western Region of the CFA Society. If you aren’t familiar with the CFA Society, check them out at  CFA stands for Chartered Financial Analyst and is an advanced credential for investment professionals that requires rigorous study and testing for accreditation.

Many local CFA Societies sponsor their own regional annual business and economic forecasts. Yesterday, was the presentation of the forecast for the Sacramento region.  Here’s a link to the executive summary of the report, that was created along with the Sacramento State College of Business Administration.  The report looked at:

  • Sacramento’s Labor Market & Regional Economy;
  • Real Estate Trends in the Sacramento Region;
  • Sacramento’s Banking Industry Forecast;
  • Global Markets and Their Impact on Sacramento; and
  • The Small Business Economy.

Below are a few photos from the event provided by the Sacramento State College of Business Administration:

Keynote Speaker Marc van den Berg of Vantage Point Ventures and Sanjay Varshney, Ph.D., CFA, Dean College of Business Administration
Leadership team of CFA Society of Sacramento
Capacity crowd for 2011 Economic Forecast at Sacramento State Alumni Center

A few of the points from the forecast that jumped out at me included:

  • Estimate that the local recession likely ended in mid-2010, some 12 months after the US recession ended;
  • Structural inefficiencies have developed that will result in elevated unemployment for at least the next 3-5 years;
  • Foreclosure activity will continue to dominate local real estate in 2011, but commercial rental market should stabilize;
  • M&A activity of local, smaller banks should increase near the end of 2011;
  • The global economy is in recovery but will be more pronounced in the emerging economies and the US versus Europe; and
  • Small and medium enterprises are very pessimistic about the economic fallout and future prospects.

Fun stuff we found at the film festival

One of the benefits of going to fun events is finding out about companies that support that event.  Some of the fun sponsors we ran across this weekend at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival include:


Want to know something cool about both the companies represented above? They’re both from Chico. Companies, founded and thriving in a small town.  Support local companies.

Watching Films With a Purpose

Last year I wrote about a friend and former client who was now making films about things that are important to him.  Lou Douros made the film and his son scored it.  We saw this film and others this weekend at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City.

Image by PJ Kunwar

After the screening we spoke with Lou and Blaise about the film at a reception:

During the reception we learned that the film has been picked up by a show on PBS and is currently being edited to fit their broadcast.  We look forward to seeing this story on TV and the next film that’s almost finished shooting from this great team.

In the meantime, check out the trailer from this film at and if you’d like make a donation to the Hawaiian Islands Disentanglement Network.

I’m the guy doing the right thing, you must be the other guy

This morning I’m leaving my house and hear a siren. I pull over to the side of the road and see an ambulance with lights and siren on about to come through the gate into my neighborhood.  At that point, this guy in a black Honda Pilot with a Cal Poly Alumni license plate frame :

drove around me and right in front of the ambulance as it was coming through the gate into our neighborhood.

Hey, I’m really glad you had something so important to do that you drove in front of an ambulance with lights and siren going on its way to go help someone.

Everyone else, please don’t be the other guy. If you hear a siren, pull over to the side of the road and let them pass.

Note – I took the following picture about a mile later as I was stopped behind him at a light. Guess that really saved a lot of time didn’t it?