Crisis Management at Lightspeed

July 28, 2016
Hosted by Ethan Rasiel

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Join my guest this week, crisis specialist Richard Levick of Levick Communications to learn what to when things go South!

Marketing at Lightspeed

Marketing at Lightspeed

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Marketing takes a long time to do well, right? Not necessarily. In fact, the best way to tell a story is to tell it TODAY. On Marketing at Lightspeed, you’ll learn the best techniques to help your own company market itself quickly and painlessly.

The program will feature special guests from marketing disciplines like social media, advertising, and direct marketing. It will also showcase leaders of companies of all sizes who will share their own stories of marketing done well, and marketing pitfalls you can avoid.

Want to organize a press conference? Want to launch a website? Want to build Facebook followers? Want to grow your sales leads, attract hot new talent, kick off a new fundraising round or bump up that stock price?

You need marketing fast? Listen to Marketing at Lightspeed, and learn the secrets you can use right now!

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Ethan Rasiel

Ethan Rasiel

Ethan Rasiel has mastered the art of marketing at light speed and he wants to share what he’s learned with you. In the 90s, he was a reporter for a daily newspaper by day, where he learned how to file three stories a day, every day, while saving energy for his second job, hosting an AM radio show at night.

He then began a career in communications, including almost 15 years at Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm. To survive there, he learned how to manage dozens of clients at once while bringing in new ones, eventually climbing the ladder to the top as General Manager at the firm’s flagship office in New York City. Later, one of Edelman’s top clients, a tiny technology startup you may have heard of called Samsung, hired him to become Communications Director, where he handled over 100 product launches each year and managed five PR agencies.

He left Samsung in 2013 to co-found his own firm, Lightspeed PR. At Lightspeed he and his team continue to hone the art of marketing at light speed, and help clients tell their stories to the world without wasting a moment. Ethan graduated from Syracuse University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, who he met at Speed Dating!

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Aaron Goldman

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Jerry Griffin

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Eric Jones

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Richard Levick

Richard Levick is one of the communications industry’s most important spokespersons and thought leaders.
He regularly addresses corporate boards as well as industry and government leaders around the world, providing guidance on their most complex communications and reputation management challenges.
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Yuval Malachi

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Barry Myers

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Brittany Oat

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Amanda Proscia

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