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Paul Oestreicher is a veteran of both agency and corporate public relations and public affairs groups. He now runs Oestreicher Communications, LLC ( and is an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s M.S. Program in Public Relations & Corporate Communication. Oestreicher is the author of Camelot, Inc.: Leadership and Management Insights from King Arthur and the Round Table ( You can follow him on Twitter @pauloestreicher.

Stories by Paul Oestreicher

    The Power of Not Knowing

    Thu., Jul. 11, 2024

    PaulThe importance of asking questions and being curious cannot be overstated.

    The Abnormality of the New Normal
    (PR Commentary)

    Wed., Jun. 19, 2024

    Paul OestreicherOur society's “new normal” carries a lot of negative baggage with it, including the normalization of intolerance and cruelty, political violence being deemed "patriotic," exploitative workplace environments, plummeting civility, and justifications for the use of deadly force.

    1980: The Lesser-Known Inflection Point

    Wed., Jun. 5, 2024

    Paul OestreicherThere have been many inflection points in US history—events that significantly changed our future and behaviors—in the last hundred years, but there's a case to be made that 1980 was really the year that changed everything.

    Incremental is Fundamental

    Mon., Dec. 4, 2023

    Paul OestreicherThere will always be a place for big ideas and sweeping changes, but don't underestimate the value of smaller steps and incremental advances.

    Stopping Ourselves from Mattering Less

    Wed., Aug. 23, 2023

    Paul OestreicherWe need to know enough about both the humanities and science to be capable citizens. With the politicization of so many topics—vaccines, evolution, climate change, stem cells—a more roundly educated public is essential.

    Aaron Sorkin and I Have an Understanding

    Mon., Apr. 3, 2023

    Paul OestreicherAaron Sorkin's new version of "Camelot," which will soon open on Broadway, will eliminate much of the magical elements of the story and get to the heart of what the centuries old tale of King Arthur and Camelot is really about.

    Searching for Optimism in 2023
    (PR Commentary)

    Thu., Dec. 29, 2022

    Paul OestrecherIn a world full of reasons to complain, sometimes it takes a conscious, sustained effort to remain on a positive trajectory. Putting a little effort into staying optimistic could pay big benefits in the coming year.

    The Four R's of Strategic Thinking
    (PR Commentary)

    Thu., Mar. 24, 2022

    Paul OestreicherStrategic thinking is key to an organization's success, but finding the time for it remains a challenge.

    What Bad Apologies Might Say About PR People
    (PR Commentary)

    Tue., Jan. 11, 2022

    Paul OestreicherBotched apologies can make situations worse and keep them in the news longer. Here a few ways in which even a well-intentioned apology—overseen by a well-intentioned PR pro—can go off the rails.

    Nice or Kind: What's the Best Choice?
    (PR Commentary)

    Fri., Aug. 20, 2021

    Paul OestreicherSugarcoating a message can make it incomprehensible. And feeding staff a steady diet of feedback sandwiches—criticism surrounded by praise—can obliterate the message, not just kill the taste of bad news.

    No Easy Fix: Opinion and Belief vs. Facts and Truth
    (PR Commentary)

    Fri., Feb. 5, 2021

    Paul OestreicherInformation and insight by themselves don’t produce change. It’s the desire to change and seeing the value in change that drives us forward.

    When Predicting Change, There’s a T.H.E.M.E.
    (PR Commentary)

    Fri., Jan. 8, 2021

    Paul OestreicherThe Trump presidency can teach us a few lessons about when it's possible to predict that a situation or person can change, and when it's time to just move on.

    Three Steps to Save the Presidential Debates

    Tue., Aug. 11, 2020

    Paul estreicherPundits who believe the presidential debates should be scrapped display the classic “throw the baby out with the bathwater” reaction. Let’s fix them instead. (4 reader comments)

    My Time with Larry
    (Corporate Communications)

    Thu., May 28, 2020

    Paul OestreicherLarry Kramer, the playwright and AIDS activist, died yesterday at age 84. He left his mark in two different worlds—the arts and healthcare. He changed me, too.

    3 Things Employees at Amazon, Edelman, Microsoft (And Many Others) Are Telling Us
    (Crisis Communications)

    Thu., Aug. 1, 2019

    OestreicherIt’s almost impossible to escape politics these days. And by politics, I mean the kind that’s become less civil and more polarizing. It surrounds us through 24/7 news coverage, social media channels, and… our co-workers.