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What Was Hot on Iliyana's Blog in 2022

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Even though I didn't write much here last year (although I had great intentions but ended up writing a book ), the blog kept being popular with lots of views and readers so today I'm doing a review of what you liked the most in 2022 here.

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Reflecting on 2022 - Can Women Really Have it All?

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This post might be controversial for many. Some might agree. I'm sure many others will not. This post is also very vulnerable and personal. It's my take on the much-debated question if women can have it all - career and kids - reflecting on how 2022 went for me.

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Why No One is Teaching You How to Manage Your Money

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I have a confession to make. For the last few years, I've been very interested in the topic of personal finances. My husband and I have dug so deep into it - reading books and blogs, listening to podcasts, webinars and YouTube videos, and speaking to friends and family.

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Where Most Organisations Fail - Part 1

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Throughout my career, I've worked in three big tech companies and consulted hundreds of SMBs. No matter the size, most organisations tend to fail in two areas which undermine or slow their performance and growth. The first one is what we'll talk about today and that is execution.

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Which ESG Topics Get the Most Attention?

People are focusing on how companies are responding to the headline issues of the day, says a report from 3BL Media on evolving interests in ESG subjects, which also found a mismatch between the stories brands publish and topics audiences want.

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My Top 5 Learnings from Creating and Running a PMO

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In my previous job at Cisco, I was put in charge of creating and running a PMO (Project Management Office) for the execution of the departmental strategy. I had never done this before but I took the challenge. It was incredibly interesting and rewarding to have to figure out something from scratch.

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Going Slow in 2022

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With the New Year having just arrived, I have a confession to make. I'm a total speedoholic and a rushaholic. And I've become an even bigger speedoholic and rushaholic since having a baby and returning to full-time work.

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The Four Management Zones in the Age of Disruption

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I was recently made aware of a book called "Zone to Win" and having just watched a video summarising the key points, I found it fascinating. It's not just about why established companies struggle to embrace disruptive innovation but about how they can do it.

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9 Stats About the Unprecedented Pace of IT Change Today

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It's been busy the last few months. I've been quiet on this blog and I'm not going to lie, finding time to write between an expanded job role and a now 10-month old still at home has been tough. Juggling is challenging, as I'm sure you'll agree.

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The 6 Pillars of Project Management Leadership

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70% of all projects in organisations fail. Shocking isn't it? But it's the reality. And most often than not, projects fail because of competing priorities. We move too fast and work on too many things at the same time. Many leaders want everything done now.

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How to Earn Executive Support for Your 2023 PR Initiatives

Speaker: Andrea Holland, PR Entrepreneur, VC and Startups PR Consultant

Andrea Holland is here to talk us through how PR efforts, initiatives, and campaigns can support a variety of different business units within an organization to fulfill ultimate company goals.

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How I Started Living a Greener Life - 39 Zero-Waste/Low-Waste Ideas

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This is not going to be one of the typical posts on this blog. I'm not going to cover PR, marketing, customer success or project management. Instead, I'm going to talk about something far more personal - decisions and choices I've made to live a little bit of a greener and less wasteful life.

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How to Achieve More in Less Time - My 3 Key Tips

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I've always believed that you don't need to work harder or longer to achieve more. You simply need to work smarter. But that doesn't often come naturally or easily, especially if you are inexperienced and junior or still new to a role where you want to prove yourself.

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How to Create a Work Breakdown Structure [Project Management Fundamentals]

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Today, we continue with our project management fundamentals series. Project Management

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5 Proven Strategies to Generate Leads in SaaS

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This is a guest post by Edyta Kowal. The temptation to deliver as many leads as possible can be very strong on the part of marketing teams. But at the same time damaging.

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7 Trends in ESG: What PR Pros Need to Know in 2023

What does the evolution of ESG programs mean for communicators? As it turns out - a lot. New challenges are coming into focus, driven by the increasing attention to corporate sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) programs, and the evolving state of ESG reporting regulations. This new ebook from 3BL Media explores seven trends in detail and unpacks what they mean for communicators. Access your copy for free today.

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Disrupt or Be Disrupted [Video]

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Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting at the Digital Marketing Transformation e-Conference on the topic of Disrupt or Be Disrupted. It's been a while since I've done some public speaking and even though it was all online due to COVID-19, I loved it.

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10 Things I'm Grateful For This Christmas

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One more year has flown by. And what a year it has been for all of us with COVID-19 completely changing our personal and professional lives. To me, the crisis has had both positive and negative implications.

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The L.A.E.R. Model in Customer Success

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A couple of months ago, I covered customer experience and the Cisco racetrack - or lifecycle across the customer journey that's extremely important for companies to be able to drive customer success.

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How to Manage Scope Creep [Project Management Fundamentals]

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This is a guest post by Eric Weisbrot from JW Surety Bonds. Scope creep is a silent killer for projects. Even the most seasoned professionals can easily miss rising costs and scope since they tend to slowly grow over the life of the project.

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5WPR 2022 Consumer Culture Report

5WPR’s third annual report takes a look at consumer spending culture, the biggest influences behind buying behaviors, and emerging trends.

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Top 3 Tips How To Get a Job in Tech [For Non-Tech People]

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Lately, quite a few people from my network reached out to seek my advice on getting a job in tech, given my close to 5 years at HubSpot and now almost 2 at Cisco and the fact that I started my career in a very different area - PR.

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The Top Posts on Iliyana's Blog for 2020

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As the new year begins, not only do I reflect on what's happened for me personally and professionally, but also on how this blog has been performing.

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3 Things Customer Success Managers Need to Be Effective

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When you're trying to introduce Customer Success (or Customer Experience ) in your organisation, you're obviously going to need a team.

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Digitisation - The New Normal Post COVID-19

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This is a guest post by my friend and former colleague Sam Hirbod. This year, INBOUND 2020 - HubSpot's yearly inbound conference - moved to an all-digital immersive format featuring exceptional speakers ranging from Sandy Carter, VP of Amazon Web Services to Chrissy Teigen, Bestselling Author.

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A Step-By-Step Guide to Managing a PR Crisis

Any brand is vulnerable to bad press, so we compiled key strategies into our PR crisis management guide. From managing your team and crafting your responses to keeping tabs on the conversation, this guide is for anyone tasked with brand management.

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Agile vs. Waterfall Project Management [Project Management Fundamentals]

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Two big concepts in project management are waterfall and agile. Both are methodologies for executing projects with waterfall being the traditional one and agile the newer, more modern one.

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Top 7 Tips for Stepping Into a New Role

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I returned from maternity leave about two weeks ago and stepped into a new role as a Program Manager in the Chief of Staff office for CX EMEAR at Cisco. It's an exciting move for me and so far it's been super interesting.

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My Top 5 Working from Home Tips

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With the coronavirus having dramatically shaken our world (although I have my thoughts about this whole thing), many companies are encouraging or even requiring their employees whenever possible to work from home.

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9 Tips for Customer Success Managers

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Customer Success is a relatively new field, both from an organisational perspective as in a department and also from a career perspective for individuals. I've been working in Customer Success for quite a few years.

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2022 Media Database Buyer’s Guide

To maintain accurate contact information for journalists and influencers, a homegrown database doesn’t cut it. Cision created the go-to guide for selecting a new media database. Download and learn how to choose the right media database for you!

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How to Run an Effective Project Kick-off Meeting [Project Management Fundamentals]

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We've so far covered quite a few topics around project management - the differences between projects and operations as well as those between projects, programmes and portfolios , the DARCI model for stakeholder engagement.

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5 Key Takeaways for Getting Start-ups Off the Ground

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This is a guest post by Liuda Nebozhak from Crello. Every start-up undergoes some trial and error in its first 1-2 years. Those are probably some of the most difficult and crucial learnings of any new business. There's a ton start-ups need to figure out, including their own PR and marketing. PR especially plays a key role because as a start-up nobody knows you and you need to get the word out about your existence, your products and the new value that you add in the market.

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The What, How and Why of Inbound PR [Podcast]

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining John from Big Ideas Machine for their podcast called Heroes of B2B PR. It's been a while since I've done a podcast or a presentation on Inbound PR mainly because my career has somewhat moved into a different direction.

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The Top Soft Skills of a Project Manager [Project Management Fundamentals]

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A good project manager needs to develop both hard skills and soft skills. While hard skills are all about knowledge and execution according to project management standards (e.g. knowing how to create a project charter, how to do agile etc.)

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Cision's 2022 Global State of the Media Report

For Cision’s annual State of the Media Report, journalists shared their top priorities and what PR and communication pros can do to improve their relationships with the media. Read the report and learn how to create stronger media partnerships.

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The 5 Key Elements of a Successful Content Marketing Strategy

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This is a guest post written by Andriana Moskovska. Over the years, content marketing has proven to be a valuable tool for businesses. It turns out that 88% of marketers use content marketing for their marketing strategies.

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Getting Started with AI for Marketing and PR Agencies

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AI or Artificial Intelligence has definitely become one of the most popular buzzwords in marketing and PR over the last few years. Most marketing and PR pros haven't yet figured out the implications of AI in their jobs and there seems to be this misunderstanding that AI will replace the human. In fact, according to a recent report automation threatens a quarter of marketing and PR jobs. I don't believe this to be true. AI to me is an enabler, just as technology is.

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Inbound PR: The Future of PR & the Most Important Book on the Industry in Years - Required Reading

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Republished book review by Matt Bergman from Amazon. Thanks, Matt!). Iliyana Stareva has written what I’d call, with a considerable degree of confidence, the most important, actionable and forward-looking PR book of the past ten years.

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Why Traditional PR No Longer Works in an Inbound World

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If you work in marketing and PR, you know there’s been a sea change. The old “push” tactics the industry once relied on no longer work well in the digital age.

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Spreading the Good News: Four Best Practices for Construction Projects

The I-5 High Occupancy Vehicle Improvement Project upgraded a 3-mile segment of the I-5 traversing Santa Ana and Orange, CA. Hill developed a public awareness and community outreach plan in collaboration with key stakeholders, organizations, communities,