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What do you say when you’re in a group and the conversation turns a bit ugly? People start making derogatory remarks about others of different races or gender identifications or sexual preferences. They start disparaging others with no regard to the general feeling of the group.

What do you say? Do you speak up and risk centering yourself out or are you quiet and let it pass without comment, risking your integrity?

It’s a tough question because sometimes you need to go along to get along but when isenough and when should you speak up?

How can you handle it differently, perhaps with a bit of humor or by letting your feet do your talking?

Lisa Brandt and I talked about this last week on First Thing on CJBK’s Personal PR segment and we’d love to know your thoughts on how you’d handle this type of situation.

Using the principles of PR in everyday life

Large companies have public relations departments to handle their communication crises, but regular folks don’t.

Often they are caught in a dilemma of thinking: ‘what do I say in this situation?’ or ‘how should I respond to that?’

Without the skills to write nuanced copy or craft the perfect verbal response, they can be caught short and end up looking bad.

Thursday mornings at 7:20 a.m., Jill Ellis-Worthington, Chief Communicator for Write.On Communication Services, chats with Lisa Brandt on First Thing, CJBK’s morning drive show to discuss how to handle Personal PR problems.

Jill helps listeners with their communication issues by applying the principles of PR to life’s sticky moments.