Transfers Montella hoping to talk N’Zonzi away from Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton links Ryan Benson 23:06 12/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Arsenal Everton Liverpool Premier League Sevilla Primera División The French midfielder is reportedly keen for a move during the winter window, but Sevilla’s new coach is planning to talk with him about staying Vincenzo Montella considers wantaway midfielder Steven N’Zonzi to be “very important” to his plans at Sevilla and will make discussions with the France international one of his initial main goals at the club.The former AC Milan coach was presented as Sevilla’s new boss on Saturday after taking over from Eduardo Berizzo, who had been dismissed on December 22, and convincing N’Zonzi to stay could go some way towards a positive settling in period for Montella.N’Zonzi, who starred for Sevilla last season, has been out of the picture since getting substituted at half-time in the 3-3 Champions League draw against Liverpool on November 21, with Berizzo reportedly singling him out for criticism with the Andalusians 3-0 down. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Frenchman has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool Everton and West Ham, the latter allowing him to be closer to his son in London, but Montella harbours hope that he can convince the former Stoke City man to remain in La Liga.”N’Zonzi is a great player for me, so one of my goals is to talk to him and see what his ambition is,” Montella told reporters. “For me he is a very important player of Sevilla.”The presentation of new #SevillaFC manager Vincenzo Montella has begun #vamosmisevilla #SevillaFC pic.twitter.com/UYOUNFBouz — Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) December 30, 2017 Club president Jose Castro insisted that N’Zonzi’s exile had been purely a technical decision and he will now be available again, while he also claimed there have been no offers for him.”N’Zonzi is just another player in the squad,” Castro added. “He is not playing because of a technical decision, and now he can play again by technical decision. There has been no offer for him.”The club is clear that it wants to have good players to achieve the sporting objectives. The player had friction with the previous coach, but Montella will speak with N’Zonzi and we’ll see about his willingness to count on him [N’Zonzi].”Montella has enlisted the support of Enzo Maresca as part of his coaching staff and he expects the former Sevilla favourite to make his own transition that bit easier.This morning the new boss got to know the Sports Village #vamosmisevilla #SevillaFC pic.twitter.com/o0ReFCXt3P — Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) December 30, 2017 “He [Maresca] is a historic person at this club,” Montella said. “He is a person who has the respect of everyone in Italy and he has my respect too.”He is helping me a lot because I still do not know Spanish, but I promise that I will learn it, quickly.”It’s a connection with the club and we are all a family. Support is important to have effective communication.”
These are always interesting even though they’re meaningless. The final Coaches Poll ballots were released on Sunday and where coaches ranked teams was revealed. Here’s a look at Mike Gundy’s top 12.And here are the other Big 12 coaches. Stoops has us at No. 13. Briles at No. 7 (!) And Patterson at No. 14. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Let’s try to walk through everything that happened in the last few minutes of the OSU-Central Michigan game. Oklahoma State led 27-24 with a few seconds left on 4th down from the Central Michigan 41.Mason Rudolph dropped back and heaved a ball downfield to nobody. See here.Time ran out on this play. The clock read 0:00. Everyone was on the field. OSU had escaped 27-24. Except that there were penalty flags. Rudolph was penalized for intentional grounding because he had thrown the ball downfield instead of just running around through the back of his end zone and running the clock out.The officials incorrectly (more on that in a second) determined that CMU would get the ball with 0:00 left and have an untimed down.end the game.”— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 10, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Then CMU ran the play of its life (sort of … more on that later tonight) to beat OSU 30-24. The whole thing was unbelievable.CMU wins. Wow. https://t.co/je2a0wx01N— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 10, 2016Except that the game was supposed to be over. Here is the rule from Mike Pereira. Intentional grounding is a loss of down penalty. The game was supposed to be over.Rule 3-2-3. “The period is not extended if the foul is by the team and possession and the penalty includes loss of down.” Oops.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) September 10, 2016Here is what Pereira said on the broadcast.“We think we’re looking at a mis-enforced penalty here,” said Pereira. “A penalty is accepted for live ball fouls. Exception: the period is not extended if the foul is by the team in possession and the statement of the penalty includes loss of down.”You work on that play every Thursday late in practice just for that situation. Executed correctly, refs got it wrong.— Zac Robinson (@Zac_Robinson5) September 10, 2016So I’m reeling right now. The game was over. The band was on the field. And then it wasn’t. Then OSU lost. Then OSU was 1-1 with a tough Pitt team coming next week. And none of it ever should have happened. Both because OSU should not have been in that position and because the final play never should have happened.
Three-star running back JD King was named to the Georgia Class 2A All-State first team. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound high school senior committed to Oklahoma State this past May.??CONGRATS to our #GeorgiaBeast? #RareBreed17RB voted 1️⃣st Team AllState in GA‼️?@CowboyFB_Elite @Rivals @scoutrecruiting #OkState https://t.co/KorJpnO42c— Coach Arroyo?OREGON® (@coacharroyoTheO) December 31, 2016Earlier this month, King’s Fitzgerald Purple Hurricane lost in the Georgia 2A state championship game. King had 97 yards and a score on the ground and 81 yards receiving.King, as well as Canadian speedster Chuba Hubbard, should compete for snaps immediately behind Justice Hill who will be coming off of his record-setting true-freshman 2016 season. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Bob Stoops abruptly announced his retirement on Wednesday, leaving offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley in charge of the reigning Big 12 title-winning Sooners.It’s an impactful decision that is shaking up the college football landscape and the tremors Could be felt down the road in Stillwater for years.Stoops was a successful head coach as he collected a 190-48 record in 18 seasons, but he was an even better recruiter. After being hired in 1999, his program never finished with a recruiting class ranked worse than 25th nationally.[Statistics via 247Sports]AdChoices广告Stoops’ excellence on the recruiting trail varied anywhere from No. 1 nationally (1999) to No. 24 nationally (2000), but his consistency never wavered after he found his footing. He reeled in 11 top-10 classes, four top-5 classes, and battled through 8-5 seasons in 2009 and 2014 with subsequent top-15 recruiting classes that helped produce 11-win and 12-win seasons the following years, respectively.Although nationally OU’s rank in recruiting plateaued (yes, OU fans feel finishing anywhere outside the top-10 is unsatisfactory), its dominance in the Big 12 conference was as steady as any. Bob Stoops never signed a recruiting class that ranked lower than second in the conference. Truly stunning.[Statistics via 247Sports]With first-time head coach Lincoln Riley at the helm, will OU’s respect on the recruiting trail fade? Outside of last season, the Sooners did slip a bit on a national level towards the end of the Stoops era—finishing outside the top-10 in six consecutive seasons and falling behind in the landscape of the region. Baylor and TCU were splitting recruits with OU before an uptick in action in what turned out to be Stoops’ final season.Answering whether OU will regress in recruiting is impossible to predict, but in short: It’s too early to tell. Riley hasn’t coached yet. But the door is seemingly cracked for teams like Texas, TCU and OSU to at least gain ground.“It might,” Bruce Feldman said on the ‘Solid Verbal‘ podcast about whether the coaching change will affect recruitment at Oklahoma. “Lincoln was a big reason they got a lot of the offensive guys they got. So we’ll see. They had a really good class of 2017. There’s still enough time between now and the early signing period where, I think people are going to wait and see how Oklahoma runs under Lincoln Riley. It’s a huge job.”We’ve written extensively how Stoops’ early exit opens the door for Mike Gundy at OSU, and the biggest door now open is in recruiting—specifically in the state of Oklahoma.The Cowboys have had relative success in-state in landing under-the-radar talent in the past, for example Jenks receiver Dillon Stoner, safety Dylan Harding, defensive end Jordan Brailford and quarterback John Kolar, to name a few. They have also had recent success landing top talent, like Union wide receiver pledge C.J. Moore, a four-star talent with dozens of offers.But for every recruit landed there have been others who have slipped through the fingers and into OU’s hands. Guys like four-star safety Steven Parker, five-star lineman Brey Walker, four-star cornerback Justin Broiles, three-star safety Patrick Fields, and three-star defensive tackle Jordan Kelley are all recent examples of OSU targets who picked the Sooners—several of which have come in the Class of 2018 alone.If Riley can get off to a fast start on the gridiron, it would expedite the trust process for top-rated recruits and silence any concern about the short-term future of the Sooners. If their trip to Columbus, Ohio to face the Buckeyes ends in a win, for example, the country will be buzzing about the young coach who inherited one of college football’s bluebloods. That would be a worst-case scenario for OSU and upstarts looking to crack the upper echelon of the Big 12.Let’s face it, OSU might be destined for inferiority in the state of Oklahoma when it comes to recruiting in the Riley era. This would not be a change from the past. The Sooners have history on their side and a record to flaunt against their in-state rivals. But a small slip in on-field performance (especially if OSU catches lightning in a bottle this season) might be enough for Gundy to gain ground with recruits. An extended slip if OU went, say, 8-5 after Baker Mayfield left, would be butch wax for Gundy’s well-oiled recruiting machine. All of a sudden, maybe those 3- and 4-stars are 4- and 5-stars.Taking that step up in recruiting is hard and it takes time, but OSU has been doing this at a high level for a decade now. The formula for them landing some big fish involves continued success and a bit of an assist from the Sooners.OSU will likely never recruit consistently at the level OU does over a long period of time. But with a shaky beginning of Riley’s tenure, OSU could have a chance to stick its foot in the door without getting toes smashed for the first time in a long time. Getting in the door is priority No. 1, but unpacking the lawn chair and cracking a cold one in unchartered territory is an entirely different animal. One that even Wild Bill might not be able to assist Gundy with. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. In Part 2 of today’s 100 Days of Summer, let’s look at a big-time play maker who’s just ready to get back on the field.How he got to OSUThe four-star receiver from Wylie East High School (Wylie, Texas) picked Oklahoma State over offers from Michigan, Baylor, Tennessee and several others. He had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for Wylie East including a 1,584 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior which earned him 13-4A all-district honors.What he’s done in StillwaterAteman played in every game as a true freshman in 2013 and finished with 22 receptions including a 51-yard bomb in Oklahoma State’s win over No. 3 Baylor.AdChoices广告As a junior in 2015, he was behind only David Glidden and James Washington in receptions (45) and racked up 766 yards and five scores. He boasted a 64.3-percent catch rate and led all OSU receivers averaging 10.9 yards per target according to Football Study Hall.Role in 2017After missing all of 2016 with a lower leg injury, Ateman was granted a medical hardship waiver and is ready to play out his final year in orange. His position coach Kasey Dunn talked about the year he expected for Ateman in 2016.“The kid busted his ass, and he was ready for 2016,” Dunn said. “For him, it was just a devastating blow, and for us, too, because I told several people I thought he might have the biggest year in our receiving corps. James is a talented guy, but Marcell was killing it.”At 6-4, he’s one of Mason Rudolph’s most gifted and versatile weapons on the outside. He’s also got the speed to take the top off of a defense. With his tools and the ridiculous depth and talent at wideout, Ateman’s production should be limited only by his opportunity.“You ask our DBs and they’ll tell you that he’s probably the quickest and hardest off the line vs. press coverage,” Dunn said. “You very rarely see him get jammed, so then you couple that with being 6-4, 6-5, 225 pounds and strong as hell, and it’s hard to cover him.”Noteworthy stats and highlightsAteman had a career-high eight catches for a career-high 132 yards and a score against Iowa State in 2015, his third triple-digit receiving effort. I expect that it won’t be his last.Here’s a look at that career game.
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Oklahoma State football team had its Big 12 Media Day on Monday at AT&T Stadium. Mike Gundy, Tylan Wallace, A.J. Green and Johnny Wilson met with reporters to discuss the upcoming season. Here’s what they had to say. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Brazil ‘Incredible’ Firmino works like a defender, says Mane Josh Challies Last updated 1 year ago 19:06 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Brazil World Cup Sadio Mané Poland v Senegal Brazil v Costa Rica Liverpool Senegal Premier League African All Stars The Senegal forward has lauded his Brazilian club-mate, with both players currently on duty in Russia Brazil striker Roberto Firmino has been hailed as an “incredible” player by Liverpool colleague Sadio Mane, with the two Premier League stars on duty at the World Cup in Russia.Firmino came off the bench for the closing stages of Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland in Group E on Sunday, while Mane is expected to make his World Cup debut on Tuesday against Poland.Both have been in deadly form at club level during the 2017-18 season, in which Firmino scored 15 Premier League goals alongside Mane’s total of 10, and they will be aiming to transfer those performances onto the international stage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar While Firmino is yet to establish himself as a regular starter for Brazil, finding himself behind Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus in Tite’s pecking order for the Selecao’s opening game, Mane believes the work-rate of his Liverpool team-mate makes him a special player.”He’s a hard worker and an incredible player,” the Senegal international was quoted as saying by Liverpool’s website.”He can see in his eye and what he’s doing all the time on the pitch, working for the team like a defender and he’s a striker!”This is special for him and it makes him a very, very, very important player for us.”10 – Liverpool are the first team in history to see three players score 10+ goals in a single Champions League season (Salah 10, Firmino 10, Mané 10). Trio. #RMALIV pic.twitter.com/L95krx8QXO — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 26, 2018 With Brazil failing to win their opening game at a World Cup for the first time since 1978, Tite’s side are searching for improvements in their next group-stage matches against Costa Rica and Serbia.If Firmino manages to add to his six Brazil goals, it is likely the 26-year-old will celebrate with dancing – and Mane added that his Liverpool team-mate is always trying to get him involved in his celebrations.”Roberto is someone who likes dancing all the time and he always forces me to dance with him,” he said.”I try my best but I’m not as good as him! He was talking to me, saying ‘why don’t you dance like we said all the time?!’ and I said: ‘Hey Bobby, I’m shy, I can’t dance like you!'”He said ‘come on my friend, we have to do it!’ and we enjoy each one, so why not!”
France 4 Argentina 3: Mbappe turns on the style to dump out Messi’s men Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 00:02 7/1/18 Getty Images Argentina’s torrid World Cup campaign came to an end as a Kylian Mbappe-inspired France triumphed in Kazan. Kylian Mbappe upstaged Lionel Messi as France recorded a 4-3 win over Argentina in a topsy-turvy last-16 clash to open the knockout stages at the World Cup.Teenager Mbappe was in devastating form in the heavyweight clash in Kazan, scoring two second-half goals to bring Argentina’s tumultuous campaign in Russia to an end.The Paris Saint-Germain forward’s surging 70-yard burst also led to the opener after 13 minutes, Antoine Griezmann slotting home from the penalty spot after Mbappe had been hauled down by Marcos Rojo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Yet Argentina turned the game around to go ahead, Angel Di Maria’s stunning long-range strike before the break followed by Gabriel Mercado’s fortuitous effort early in the second half.However, Benjamin Pavard matched Di Maria’s effort with an outstanding equaliser in the 57th minute before Mbappe took centre stage, securing Didier Deschamps’ side a place in the quarter-finals, where they will play either Uruguay or Portugal.Messi – who will face questions over his international future in the aftermath of the defeat – did set up a late header for Sergio Aguero but it was not enough to save Argentina, with the beaten finalists from 2014 slipping out of this year’s tournament.2 – Kylian Mbappe is the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since Pele vs Sweden in 1958. Boss. #FRA #ARG #FRAARG #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/3yS6qz5zCp— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 30, 2018France, who made six changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Denmark last time out, were almost ahead after nine minutes, but Griezmann’s wonderful 25-yard free-kick crashed back off Franco Armani’s crossbar.The Atletico Madrid striker did not have to wait long to open the scoring, though – largely thanks to the scintillating pace of Mbappe.After picking the ball up deep inside his own half, he set off on a sparkling run that was only halted when Rojo clumsily hauled him down just inside the area.Griezmann stepped up and coolly converted from the spot, sending the ball low to Armani’s right for his second goal – both penalties – at the World Cup.Argentina had scarcely offered anything in the way of an attacking threat during a tepid first half, yet drew level four minutes before the interval when Di Maria unleashed from distance with his left foot to beat Hugo Lloris.Boosted by the equaliser, Jorge Sampaoli’s team started the second period brightly and were duly rewarded with a second goal three minutes after the restart.Ever Banega’s free-kick was headed out towards Messi and the Barcelona star’s whipped effort towards goal was diverted past a helpless Lloris by Mercado, who had stuck out his foot in an apparent attempt to control the ball.30.2 – Angel Di Maria’s goal at 30.2 yards is the longest range goal scored at the 2018 World Cup so far. Heavenly. #ARG #FRAARG #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/FiAojynXnx— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 30, 2018Their lead lasted just nine minutes, though, as France pulled level with a goal of the highest quality.Lucas Hernandez’s cross from the left found his full-back partner Pavard, who sliced across his half-volley from outside the area, sending it spinning into Armani’s top-right corner.Mbappe put France ahead again in the 64th minute when he picked up a loose ball in the area, found a yard of space and fired in low past Armani, who was slow getting down. His second – a first-time finish – followed just four minutes later, finally putting clear daylight between the teams.Aguero set up a tense finale by nodding home in the third minute of stoppage time, but it was not enough to prevent Argentina – and Messi – from crashing out. Key Opta stats:- Lionel Messi has played 756 minutes of football in World Cup knockout stage matches, but has failed to score a single goal.- Les Bleus are unbeaten in their last nine World Cup meetings with South American nations (W5 D4), since losing 1-2 against Argentina in the 1978 tournament.- This was just the fifth time Argentina have conceded 4+ goals in a World Cup match, and first since losing 0-4 to Germany in the 2010 quarter-final.- Argentina are the first team to score at least three goals but still lose a World Cup match since the USSR vs Belgium in 1986 – France’s Kylian Mbappe became the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since Pele netted twice for Brazil against Sweden in the 1958 final.- France have never lost an international match in which Antoine Griezmann has scored for them (W17 D2 L0). read more
If you haven’t heard, two employees of Dominos caused the company a lot of heartburn this week with their gross-out YouTube video that included a worker putting cheese up his nose and then on a sandwich. The whole tale is here and here (register for AdAge-good reading). It had hundreds of thousands of views before Dominos reacted – with a good message in the right venue (on YouTube, where this started), though the president’s “delivery” was a little stiff and his camera eye contact was poor.So what if this kind of web 2.0 debacle happens to you? What if people do something online that hurts your organization? What if they say mean things? Here’s what I recommend.1. BE LISTENING FOR IT: Be sure you have Google Alerts set up to monitor what people are saying about your organization online. Keep tabs on Twitter (via Tweetbeep, for example) and YouTube.2. WHEN YOU FIND SOMETHING DREADED, ASSESS WHO IS SAYING IT AND WHO IS LISTENING. Is this one crazy person with no audience? You may want to wait and watch. Or is it someone who talks to people in your audience? Even one noisy person can be a problem if they have or can rapidly build a following with people who matter to you. Or if the traditional media picks up on their diatribe. I generally err on the side of judging someone worth responding to rather than ignoring them.3. ACT FAST ON THE SPOT WHERE IT STARTED: If you need to respond, do it now, IN THE VENUE where the situation started. Slow reactions are bad reactions. Things move at light speed on web 2.0 and you don’t want something to spiral out of control before you get in a response. It’s okay if you don’t have all the answers or every piece of needed information – just be TRANSPARENT about it. “I’m really concerned with this and looking into it” is better than radio silence. “I’m concerned our staff said that to you and am finding out what happened so I can give you the response you deserve” is better than nothing. Dominos was right to respond to the video on YouTube – and to put spokespeople out there where ever it’s getting airtime. By responding to a Tweet on Twitter, you ensure rapid communication as well as achieve the potential to keep the controversy within the community in question. (Hence achieving a tempest in a twitterpot.)4. BE HONEST, TRANSPARENT, FRIENDLY AND NONDEFENSIVE: This is key. If there is misinformation out there, correct it in a helpful, non-combative way. My organization’s own crisis communications plan (hope you have one, too) sets out the following principles if we’ve made a mistake: -Be sincerely and profusely apologetic if we’ve done wrong.-Take responsibility.-Err on the side of open, frequent communication.-Be absolutely honest.-Ensure what we way is accurate – if we’re not sure, say we’re not sure.-Do all we can to fix problems and mitigate harm.-Say what we’re doing to ensure it doesn’t happen again.That last one is important. 5. REMEMBER IT IS A CONVERSATION: This isn’t a monologue by the critic or by you nor (hopefully) is it a war — it’s a conversation. When you respond, be open to reactions and answer questions. You can’t post one response and call it a day, you need to keep tabs on the situation and participate in the ongoing conversation.
Maybe I’m missing something, but I really dislike this campaign, called Tappening (sounds like a straight-to-video horror movie). More like a nonprofit marketing horror. Even though I’m a fan of the creative people behind it, I’m giving it two thumbs down.Here’s the idea: Spread lies about where bottled water comes from to show that bottled water marketing is a lie.Huh?You can even go to this website to make up your own lies to spread. So far there are precious few submissions and most are incomprehensible. Nuff said.The main website isn’t bad, but here are the problems with the overall campaign:1. It takes far too much thought to figure out. 99% of people won’t do it. The 1% who will are the choir. Already converted.2. It’s a bad idea to spread falsehoods as a way to counter them, even if you’re trying to debunk them. There is psychological research showing people only recall the myth, not the debunking part. 3. It’s not a good idea to position yourself as a liar. Even ironically. Joe Isuzu was sort of funny but did he sell cars? (Not really – he only added 1% to sales and the brand is dead now.)4. There’s not a clear call to action. Lie? That’s the call to action? That’s not going to change the world for the better.I always say ad campaigns fail because they lack a clear call to action or a clear line to the consumer’s heart and mind. I think this misses the mark on both points – and builds general cynicism. None of that helps the environmental cause much.I’d love to be proved wrong, but I’m afraid I’m right.
Posted on March 25, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is part of a series of project updates from the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia (CIESAS). MHTF is supporting their project, Evaluation of ALSO Program. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.In the last quarter (November 2010 – January 2011), CIESAS and its partner Population Council, continued with their evaluation on the impact of the ALSO program in the main public hospital of Oaxaca City, Mexico. Sixty-seven obstetric emergencies of severe preeclampsia/eclampsia and intra-partum/post-partum hemorrhage were observed during the morning and night shifts at the hospital up to mid-February. At the same time, our four observers have begun to observe the management of hospital births, paying particular attention to the active management of the third stage of labor. Up to now, 77 hospital births’ checklists were filled, observing some crucial management aspects that ALSO teaches in its courses to attending OB/Gyns.Finally, we have been paying more attention to the hospital context where our observers carry out the observations. Observers have been asked to improve their recording in their field diaries of all events, actions, conversations or other non verbal interactions, that have to do with the actual unfolding of hospital’s and hospital personnel’s day to day activities that they observe, including the actual interaction that medical, nursing and administrative personnel establish with them day after day during their stay at the hospital.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
on-site observations of the management of obstetric emergencies and other key ALSO elements during normal deliveries– such as the active management of the third stage of labor–,by certified and non-certified Ob/Gyns in ALSO;the review of medical charts of patients with obstetric emergencies in order to compare their management at the hospital in a pre-ALSO (January-July 2009) stage versus a post-ALSO (February-August 2010) stage;in-depth interviews with certified and uncertified Ob/Gyns in ALSO; andthe application of a questionnaire on “enabling or hindering environmental factors” at the hospital. Posted on September 9, 2011August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is part of a series of project updates from the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia (CIESAS). MHTF is supporting their project, Evaluation of ALSO Program. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.Through the period May-July 2011, CIESAS and its partner Population Council have slowly begun to wrap up the fieldwork phase of the evaluation of the ALSO training program on the management of severe preeclampsia/eclampsia and intra- and post-partum hemorrhage in the main public hospital of Oaxaca City, Mexico. Major fieldwork components include: By the end of July, our four observers finalized the observations of obstetric emergencies and normal deliveries. Final numbers of observed EmOC cases are: preeclampsia/eclampsia=85, and hemorrhage= 41. They also observed 264 normal deliveries. We entered these data in our databases and will start analysis soon.Our research team has nearly concluded the review of medical charts of obstetric patients. While we had no problem in identifying enough charts for severe preeclampsia/eclampsia cases (N=85), we faced a major challenge in singling out medical charts for hemorrhage cases. So far, we have found 41 cases from the post-ALSO period and we are in the process of filtering out obstetric medical charts form the pre-ALSO period to single out hemorrhage cases.Observers’ fieldwork journals, upcoming in-depth interviews with Ob/Gyns, and the questionnaire on enabling or hindering factors in the hospital environment will provide the relevant context information for our evaluation.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on April 11, 2012June 23, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In an effort to foster the next generation of global health researchers and strengthen global health research programs at U.S. and foreign institutions, Fogarty International Center along with partners at the National Institutes of Health have launched the Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars.About $20.3 million in total will be awarded over the next five years to support 400 early-career health scientists on nearly year-long research fellowships in 27 low- and middle-income countries. The Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars program will provide five consortia of academic institutions with about $4 million each over five years, to support the training activities of a total of 20 partner institutions. In addition to Fogarty, 17 NIH institutes and centers plan to contribute funds to the effort.Each consortium will develop and support global health research training programs that provide focused mentoring for participants and diverse clinical research experiences at approximately 80 established research sites in low-resource settings.Program trainees will study the traditional global health problems such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and maternal and child health, and will address the chronic non-communicable diseases that cause a majority of deaths in developing countries, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.Learn more here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
I got this email today:Hi Katya – I subscribe to your blog and get your great tips every morning! I’m wondering if you could give any advice on marketing a non-direct service organization? My agency’s mission is to provide training and technical assistance to community clinics and hospitals to improve access to and the quality of perinatal care for underserved women. Perinatal is the period from conception to one year after birth. Some projects we are currently working on include increasing health literacy among underserved expecting women to empower them in taking a proactive role in their prenatal care, working with community clinics to implement more evidence based perinatal services and programs and emphasizing the importance of healthy living for moms-to-be and new moms. My challenges are:– Our work is highly technical and so it has been difficult to reach donors outside of the health community i.e. corporations and individuals– We are not direct service so people have a hard time understanding what we do– We don’t have a way of holding events or site visits because we are not direct service Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I’m posting this question on the blog, because it’s a theme I commonly hear. Many organizations feel they are providing a service that’s technical and removed from feel-good outcomes. Here’s my advice:1. MAKE IT ABOUT THE WELL – OR IN THIS CASE, THE BABIES. While I was living in Ukraine, the government tax authority launched a campaign to motivate taxpayers to stay honest and continue paying their taxes. The tax authority developed several ads. One was a cartoon illustration of a bee in front of a hive with a slogan celebrating the fruits of a collective contribution to the government. It looked like an ad for Honey Nut Cheerios with worker bees starring as the cereal mascot. Another was a photograph of a new well and water pump where city residents could fill containers with fresh water from the well. An accompanying slogan thanked taxpayers for making the well and other city improvements possible. In one of my trainings, I placed the ads side by side and asked a roomful of Ukrainians which was more effective given the tax authority’s marketing goals. Not surprisingly, they were unanimous in their judgment that access to fresh water was far more personally relevant, and therefore motivating, than a role in building a metaphorical hive. This example seems obvious, yet in our communication we often focus more on hives than on wells. We talk about saving the earth, ending poverty, or creating a great society. Every day, we have to remind ourselves that the hive is what we’re building; the well is what our audience needs to see. Here’s what I mean about how this applies to babies: If you are helping to train people who help mothers, and the end result is healthier babies, tell the story of the babies. It is why you do the highly technical, complex work in the first place — healthier babies. People don’t need to understand the ins and outs of your work — they need to be able to relate to its RESULTS. So tell those stories and your role in making them happen. 2. USE HUMAN LANGUAGE.When I worked for a big nonprofits years ago, the program department would talk about “lactating women.” The marketing department would translate that to human terms: “nursing moms.”You used a lot of technical language in your email — “health literacy,” “perinatal,” “underserved women.” When you’re talking about your work outside your peer network, try to avoid terms like this. They get between the heart of your work and the heart of the donor.3. FIND ONE GOOD STORY.If I were you and meeting with a corporation, I’d tell the story of your work through one baby. Or one mom. Tell me all about that mom. What was her struggle? What was in the way of her hopes and dreams of a healthy child? How did you help her take care of the baby in her belly so it came into the world screaming with strength and life? How did you help that mom those first sleep-deprived months, till she saw her son take his first ever steps? When you translate your work to what it meant for a real person, people will relate.It’s okay if you trained the nurse that helped the mother. Or set up the program she visited. You can make all that clear – but keep the focus of the story on the person who makes your work matter.You could also tell one great story about a nurse you trained. Make her the hero of your tale – why did she get into nursing — to help moms and babies? How have you made her better able to do the work that inspired her in the first place? What great day did she have with a mom or baby, and how did you make that possible?At the end of the day, think about it this way. The makers of Kleenex don’t talk about snot, they show people weeping over big moments in life, clutching a Kleenex (just ask my friend Alia). Car makers don’t talk about how they made that rack and pinion steering, they say how it keeps your family safe. Good causes should do the same — don’t tell the tale of your technical programs. Show how they make someone’s life better. Own and tell the story of one person who can make your “product” come alive.Good luck!
Even the biggest advocates you can imagine got started by someone asking them to help.Scott Case was recently at TEDMED and heard Lance Armstrong speak. Scott told me this story, and it’s worth sharing.Lance was asked why he committed to dedicate his energy to fighting cancer. He said as he left his treatment on December 13, 1996, his doctor asked him to.The doctor said: You can stay private or you can lead.Lance committed to help that day.As Scott notes: “The rest is amazing outcomes.”The first step to amazing outcomes is asking someone to say yes.
I hope you’re enjoying your holiday – and that you know the coming days are not a time to take a vacation from fundraising. Sorry, but it’s true!Late December is the season of philanthropic procrastinators who want to get in their donations by the end of the tax year. A third of giving online happens in December, and 10-20% of all the giving in the year happens the last two days of the month. Ask for donations 2-3 times in the coming days. It works. Repetition drives top-of-mind awareness, and you want that visibility when people are making their year-end gifts online.And on December 31, send that email first thing in the morning. Giving peaks midday and early afternoon!
Are you looking for a better way to tell your organization’s story? Tired of watching your cause drown in the flood of marketing messages? Next Tuesday at 1pm ET, I’ll be having a conversation with Story Wars author Jonah Sachs about how to inspire people with your story – and more important, how to compel people to act.This event is online and free (though you do need to register for it here). If you can’t make the time, register anyway because you’ll get an email after the event with instructions on how to access an on-demand recording (also free).One of Jonah’s most important points is that we should be doing more “empowerment marketing,” which casts our audiences in the roles of heroes — meaning people who are aspiring to their greater selves. Nike is a master of empowerment marketing. Watch this video for proof of that.(And while we’re on the topic of Nike, my favorite app is Nike+. If you’re a runner, it’s fabulous!)Learn how to win hearts and minds through empowerment on Tuesday!
My colleague Jocelyn Harmon just shared with me Jim Collins’ new book, Great By Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos And Luck—Why Some Thrive Despite Them All. One of Collins’ key leadership concepts is the idea of the 20-mile march.As leadership expert Leigh Henderson summarizes it nicely here, the Twenty-Mile March is the idea of slogging along at a steady pace no matter the environmental factors. Says Henderson:The analogy Collins used was about the results of two teams led by Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott in 1911 who wanted to be the first ones in modern history to reach the South Pole. Amundsen and his team survived while Scott and his did not. Collins writes that, “The 20-Mile March is more than a philosophy. It’s about having concrete, clear, intelligent and rigorously pursued performance mechanisms that you keep on track.” Both teams were led by men of around the same ages and same expertise, the teams were similarly outfitted, and they started their hopeful roundtrips of 1,400 miles almost at the same time in the same weather as each other. It was the behaviors of the leaders that made the difference. Amundsen made the roundtrip home with his crew; Scott and his crew lay frozen near but not at the South Pole.What was the difference? “Amundsen adhered to a regimen of consistent progress, never going too far in good weather, careful to stay far away from the red line of exhaustion that could leave his team exposed, yet pressing ahead in nasty weather to stay on pace.” The pace he followed was between 15 and 20 miles a day. Amundsen arrived at the South Pole after keeping up a regimented daily pace in good and bad weather that averaged 15½ per day. Scott, on the other hand, “would sometimes drive his team to exhaustion on good days and then sit in his tent and complain about the weather on bad days.” He was erratic about keeping any sort of regimen, responding instead to the climate and energy. Scott’s behavior led to him and his team not making the trip homeI think in many ways, we are all on a 20-mile march. We are trying to tackle huge challenges, amid a chaotic and ever-changing environment. So are you a determined Amundsen or an erratic Scott? Think Amundsen: one foot in front of the other, day after day. As Collins puts it here,Twenty-Mile Marching helps turn the odds in your favor for three reasons. First, it builds confidence in your ability to perform well in adverse circumstances. Confidence comes not from motivational speeches, charismatic inspiration, wild pep rallies, unfounded optimism, or blind hope… [It is] actual achievement, accomplishing stringent performance standards year in and year out, no matter the industry conditions. Accomplishing a 20-Mile March, consistently, in good times and bad, builds confidence. Tangible achievement in the face of adversity reinforces … that we are ultimately responsible for improving performance. We never blame circumstance; we never blame the environment.Amen to that.
A blog reader sent me the following letter this week. I agreed to protect the source, so I’m not sharing names. Development directors: look how important your job is – and how critical execution proves to be! Talk about penny wise, pound foolish…Katya,You often stress the importance of timely thank you’s, and as a donor, I can say that I really do notice how quickly I get an acknowledgement for a donation. If it doesn’t come quickly, I get annoyed. On two occasions, with two different organizations, I’ve actually followed up to find out why I hadn’t received anything in the mail to acknowledge my gift. On the first occasion, after giving a reasonably large donation to an annual fund and not hearing back for about three weeks, I spoke with the development director to make sure he’d actually received and processed my donation. He seemed quite surprised, as he remembered writing me an immediate and enthusiastic thank you letter. He called me back the next day to tell me that he’d looked into it, and discovered that someone in the mailroom had been holding all his letters until there were enough to do a bulk mailing!On the second occasion, just this week, I followed up with an organization to which I had committed a capital campaign gift in a phone conversation several weeks prior. I mentioned that I hadn’t received anything in the mail, such as a pledge form or letter of intent to make my commitment binding (let alone a thank you). It turned out that development officer had also written me a letter immediately to be sent with a pledge form, but again, the person who was actually responsible for getting things into the mail was holding the letter until some other materials that were going to be sent to me were ready–so I still haven’t received it, five weeks later.In both instances, the development person did the right thing–immediate and enthusiastic thanks. In both instances, someone on their staff made the decision to save a stamp. A good process derailed, and goodwill and hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in future donations potentially jeopardized–all for the price of a first-class stamp.-Anonymous readerThis letter is important! And I’ve had the same experience often – only like most donors, I didn’t bother calling the fundraiser.Dear fundraisers, you may think you are doing everything right – but you never know what small, broken process behind the scenes is undermining your best efforts. Take heed – and make sure your donors are really getting the prompt thanks they deserve.