DIARY: Diamond finds some true gems applying for PR

A newcomer to public relations would glean invaluable insights into the industry by perusing Can You Get My Name in the Papers? the autobiography of Harry Diamond, ex-Glasgow PR chief, whose career included meetings with such celebs as Honor Blackman, Telly Savalas and Rolf Harris.

A newcomer to public relations would glean invaluable insights into the

industry by perusing Can You Get My Name in the Papers? the

autobiography of Harry Diamond, ex-Glasgow PR chief, whose career

included meetings with such celebs as Honor Blackman, Telly Savalas and

Rolf Harris.



Not least, from his account of an exchange with the mother of an

unemployable youth, they would learn some immortal truths about public

perception of PR.



As Harry, who was honoured in 1989 by the IPR for exceptional

achievement, relates: ‘I allowed this young man’s mother into my large,

elegantly appointed office and listened for 20 minutes to her sad tale.



‘Eventually she leaned forward and said in an earnest, concerned and

confidential tone: ‘The truth of the matter is George’s father and I

don’t think he is very bright, but we think he would do well in your

kind of work.’’



Edited by Rebecca Dowman



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