What we do:
Risk Management & crisis communication and response to events:
Allan was the first North American and still the only Canadian with a post-graduate degree in this field from Leicester University—the only university in the world with full post-graduate programs in Risk and Crisis Communications. Fifty percent of our time is spent writing and reviewing emergency plans and responding to incidents
Allan is certified from MIT/Tufts/Harvard’s Program on Negotiation and Dealing with an Angry Public. In addition, Allan’s Master’s in Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School is in negotiation and dispute resolution. Allan can add value to stakeholder relations and internal negotiations with staff.
Allan has worked on strikes in multiple jurisdictions, national grievance procedures, and played small roles in large mergers and acquisitions, with our NAFTA negotiating team, and trade negotiators on five continents.
Allan was an early practitioner in the media training field. He has conducted up to 180 sessions per year for 30 years on five continents. Participants have included some of the highest need and high profile people in the world—our NAFTA negotiators, 100 cabinet ministers, and hundreds of CXOs on five continents. His background is in journalism in both the public and private sectors. Allan worked in Vancouver, Regina, Fredericton, Saint John and the CBC network in Toronto, he has also worked with U.S. networks.
SOCKOs® are Strategic Overriding Communications and Knowledge Objectives.
We invented this acronym because terms such as ace, press line, key message or even mission, vision and value statements don’t convey what we want in a message. Qs & As make you question, are not message-driven, take too much time and sometimes the question reveals confidential information.
We’re former journalists, political aids, scientists and lawyers. We want your statements to have an impact with reporters, estimates committees, regulatory bodies and in the courts. The term SOCKO® captures the idea of the impact.
This definitive text at several leading Universities and Colleges is journalism in reverse. It demystifies public affairs, starting with examining your news value and working through media lists, press releases, news conferences and keeping reporters coming back for more.
Barter with the author on the Great Wall of China, do a business deal over lunch in the Eagle’s Nest in the Hong Kong Hilton and mediate among millionaire developers in the office of the longest serving mayor in the world.
Twenty percent of all business communication is designed to clear up the confusion that the last piece of business communication created. Allan is passionate about solving these problems with clear, short, effective communication.