When Bad PR Happens to Good A/E/C Firms – A presentation on Crisis Communication and Management

August 06, 2020
11:30 AM CDT - 1:00 PM CDT

Virtual Meeting - Online

When Bad PR Happens to Good A/E/C Firms – A presentation on Crisis Communication and Management

August 6, 2020 | 11:30 - 1:00 PM

How can your firm plan and prepare for a potential crisis?

How do you manage the communications aspects of a crisis when one occurs?

How can you recover from a crisis that’s damaged your firm’s reputation?

Please join us August 6 for a thought-provoking presentation and interactive discussion on crisis communications planning, crisis management and reputational recovery with strategic communications expert Colby Walton, President at Cooksey Communications.

Among other topics, this informative session will cover:

  • Examples of real-world crises in the news
  • How other firms elsewhere handled crises well, or not so well
  • Types of crises you may face: from everyday risks to the virtually unimaginable
  • The critical components of a smartly designed crisis communications plan
  • Crisis communications training: preparing your spokespersons to handle adversity
  • Beyond the plan: crisis communications tools and templates you can develop now
  • When the crisis hits: containment and mitigation strategies
  • Monitoring the conversation and adjusting your strategy in real time
  • Post-crisis strategies for restoring your firm’s reputation


colby Walton, President | Cooksey Communications

With training as a lawyer and over two decades of specialized experience in professional services / B2B marketing and municipal communications, Colby brings a uniquely well-informed perspective to Cooksey’s strategic communications work.

He draws on this expertise to guide the agency’s law firm, financial services, government and infrastructure clients on their most critical PR and marketing issues. Colby has represented many of Texas’ and the nation’s most prestigious professional services firms and top city governments.

Colby has also spoken extensively on legal marketing and municipal communications best practices, including presentations to the Dallas Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, UTCLE Corporate Counsel Institute,  Government Finance Officers Association of Texas, Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers and the City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA).

His extensive community leadership includes serving on the boards of the Duke Club of North Texas, Leadership Fort Worth and the Virginia Morris Kincaid Foundation. He has also held leadership roles within the City of Colleyville, the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce and the UNT Health Science Center.

Colby graduated cum laude from Duke University and completed his J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law, subsequently earning his license to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


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