Membership Spotlight – Mich Michaud

On a continuous basis, IABC Nashville spotlights its diverse members through a Q&A feature. We are pleased to showcase Mich Michaud, Content Manager at Metro Nashville Public Schools.

 

IABC: How did you get started in this business?

Mich: Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at Texas Christian University. I was Chapter president, regional president, then district director (mostly because no one else wanted to do it.) 25 plus years ago.

 

IABC: What is your current position and business affiliation? How long have you been in this role?

Mich: I have worked as the public information officer for Metro Nashville Public Schools for a little more than two months now and haven’t been fired, yet. Before that, I did internal communications for a global tech. company in Cool Springs.

 

IABC: What makes your business/organization stand out?

Mich: With 88K students, 11K teachers/staff, we are a large target for the media to do bad news stories. And believe me, there are a LOT of stories on any given day. Crisis communications is an understatement. I fielded 32 crisis cases my first week on the job.

 

IABC: If you could describe yourself in three (3) words, what would it be?

Mich: Determined, dependable, compassionate.

 

IABC: Tell something about yourself people would be surprised to learn.

Mich: I was a professional belly dancer in college. This, clearly, has served me well in my career

 

IABC: What lesson(s) have you learned along the way that you believe has made you a better communications professional?

Mich: Use criticism as a starting place, but don’t dwell – let it roll off your back.

 

IABC: What makes an effective communications leader?

Mich: Someone that knows how to listen and keeps their ego out of the message.

 

IABC: What do you feel is the greatest benefit of IABC?

Mich: People who get you..

 

IABC: What prompted you to join IABC?

Mich: The overwhelming welcoming attitude of its members.

 

 

 

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