Op-Eds, Speeches, and Tone: our storytelling Specialties, working for you by Chris Kelley

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We love to tell stories.

One storytelling format that we especially enjoy—and clients very much appreciate—is the "op-ed" for local newspapers and opinion outlets. Well-crafted op-eds not only share a point of view, they delight the reader with a memorable, credible, and persuasive perspective. In this noisy and divisive era, tone is everything. An op-ed that seeks to teach, understand, and value people as individuals who are part of a community (or "common unity," as we like to say) is far more influential than one written with animus or rage. And, we place the op-eds ourselves, so our service is turnkey.

Tone is also the most important component of a well-written and delivered speech. We enjoy working with C-suite clients on crafting memorable, impactful speeches, especially short-format (TED-style) remarks. Chris prides himself on his ability to draw out the essence of what executives wish to communicate in their remarks. He then drafts the remarks with grace, gravitas, and style with a signature that is uniquely the speaker's trademark. When given the opportunity to videotape the remarks and distribute the video across social media (and host it on the organization's website), the value of the speech multiplies, increasing the speaker's influence and reputation for servant-leadership.

Contact us, and we'll send you a packet of our op-eds and speeches that you—working with us—would be proud to call your own.

Happy Holidays from The Kelley Group! by Chris Kelley

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Happy holidays from The Kelley Group (TKG Communications, LLC)! The year 2017 has been chock full of telling great stories, preparing meaningful communication projects, and participating in service-oriented endeavors that are making a difference.

Our work is made possible by clients who are passionate, committed, and devoted to their missions, their audiences, and their customers. We are privileged and honored to have worked with them on telling their stories – through media and public relations, video production, content marketing, speech and column writing, and event production. We thought you might like to learn about some of our highlights for 2017.

As the year began, we were honored to have worked with the Retina Foundation of the Southwest on media relations to let the world know about the importance of maintaining healthy vision and the organization's incredible work in the field of Macular Degeneration—the leading cause of vision loss that affects over 10 million Americans.

In February, we helped spread the word about Dr. Kevin Gilliland’s new book Struggle Well, Live Well (which we also helped write) by placing this column in The Dallas Morning News. And take a look at another Dallas Morning News column we helped place for Chris Wilkes, President and CEO of Sigmetrix, a McKinney-based company that analyzes manufacturing processes to make products safer for everyone!

In March, we had the pleasure of working with Park Cities Quail (PCQ) to promote the appearance of NBC News legend Tom Brokaw, who received the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award on March 2 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. An unexpected but delightful opportunity arose when we had the idea to ask WFAA-TV Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus, who is Program Director of the PCQ event and an avid conservationist, to work with us to write a column for The Dallas Morning News.

In April, video production kicked into high gear when we got the opportunity to work with the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, a visionary company that provides stable employment and employment training for those who are blind or visually impaired. Through our postcard series, you can meet Angela, Reginald, and Jennifer, three of the Lighthouse’s hardest working employees.

We also struck up a new partnership with the amazing Reverend Brent Barry, Senior Pastor at Northpark Presbyterian Church, and helped him place a column to honor the spirit of Christian service through traditional foot-washing.

May was an especially big month at The Kelley Group. In honor of the 125th anniversary of Juliette Fowler Communities, we produced a video that told their story from the organization’s founding in 1892 to today. We also produced a tribute video to their 2017 Visionary Woman honoree and former U.S. Senator from Texas, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and now NATO Ambassador. Both videos were shown at JFC's sold-out luncheon at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Summer was hot, and so was business at The Kelley Group! In June, we helped Refugee Services of Texas President and CEO Aaron Rippenkroeger place a column in The Texas Tribune about the importance of welcoming the world’s most vulnerable population. In July, we facilitated widespread media coverage, including a story from local NPR-affiliate KERA, for Pastor Richie Butler of St. Paul United Methodist Church, who has been a leader in bringing the community together and fostering conversation about divisive issues. In August, we got even more coverage for Pastor Butler, including this wonderful Good Morning Texas profile of his “Together We Ball” event.

In September, we helped the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind produce a thank-you video for it’s 11th annual golf tournament fundraiser. The event was a huge success (even if nobody was able to make a hole-in-one to win the 2017 Infiniti QX60).

We also helped our friend Heather Hughes, Executive Director of Deaf Action Center, place her amazing column in The Texas Tribune, which we hope will help bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf communities.

October was a defining month for our partner, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. That won’t be their name for long, as they broke ground on the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum right across the street from their current location. For the overflow event, The Kelley Group had a hand in event production, media relations, recording, and producing videos for the event. The new museum will be a landmark for Dallas and a global hub for teaching the importance of the Holocaust and human rights in the 21st century.

But October wasn’t over yet. Later that month, the Museum honored Lauren Embrey as its 2017 Hope for Humanity honoree at the Museum’s annual dinner at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel. The Kelley Group was instrumental in event production and video production for this event, as well.

In November, we completed a plethora of video projects, including a profile of the “D House,” the new HQ of the All Stars Project of Dallas; a “Stock the Store” video for the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, encouraging donations toward the organization’s Low Vision Store that serves as a critical resource for those who are blind or visually impaired in North Texas; and a tribute video to Yvette Ostolaza of Sidley Austin LLP, who was given The Larry Schoenbrun Jurisprudence Award by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for her outstanding leadership, exemplary contributions to the community, and commitment to ADL ideals.

The Kelley Group closed 2017 out strong in December with a few end-of-year projects with our amazing partners. For the Advent season, we teamed up with Pastor Brent Barry and soloist Julie Johnson to produce 23 audio devotionals that have been helping listeners get in the Christmas mood. For the Dallas Holocaust Museum, we went back and collected footage from the entire year of events, including panels and special guest speakers, to produce an end-of-year highlight video that shows the transformational learning that takes place at the Museum. For our friends at Quail Coalition, we produced a “Year-in-Review” video that revisits the organization’s conservation efforts and outreach to veterans in 2017.

Last but certainly not least, we partnered with our friend and brother Blake Lindsay to produce a video about his unbelievable capabilities as a person who is totally blind and to help him achieve his fullest potential as an inspirational speaker and dazzling voice artist.

We want to thank you--our clients, friends, and family—for your continued support. We are always open to meeting and assisting new clients, so feel free to refer folks to our website where they can view our work and, certainly, contact us to get started in helping them tell their stories.

Chris & Mac & Sheryl

We've Been Busy! by Chris Kelley

We are overdue with an update, but it's because we have been busy--and deeply honored--to be helping our clients tell their stories. We will post links to our projects before the end of the year. Today, we have the great pleasure of producing the 2017 Hope for Humanity Dinner for our long term client, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. This will be Chris's 9th year as Executive Producer of this incredible event. On October 10, we had the great pleasure of being a member of the team that produced the Ground Breaking and Survivor Dedication Ceremony for the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, opening summer of 2019. Details on all our project coming soon!

The films we produce for you are about to get even better. Here's why . . . by Chris Kelley

Before Garrett Brown invented the Steadicam in the 1970s, bulky film equipment had to be mounted on dollies and pushed along tracks if the director wanted a smooth, natural shot. Besides the enormous amount of space a dolly and tracks can take up, the system only allowed the camera to move in one or two predetermined ways through space.

Annoying, right?

The Steadicam came along and revolutionized the way cameras captured the action. With the ability to move freely through space, camera operators could capture exactly what they saw, creating far more dynamic, intimate, and impactful shots.

Fast forward about forty years and you’ll find that free range camera technology has only gotten better. The modern gimbal system uses electronic stabilization to keep cameras level no matter how you move in space.

The best part about electronically stabilized gimbals? The Kelley Group has one.

Drops, lifts, pans, tracks—with electronic stabilization, you’re guaranteed a buttery smooth shot. You can even sprint with the gimbal (we tried it; it’s awesome).

What does this mean for you? It means higher production value; telling stories in new ways; getting more shots your audience will love; and having more chances to connect with them, inspire them, transport them, and touch their hearts.

It’s not just a new piece of equipment. It’s a new way of capturing your story. And we want to help you tell it.

Remembering Wende - A Force in Jewish Education for over Thirty Years by Chris Kelley

On December 15th, friends and alumni of Levine Academy, a Jewish day school in Dallas, gathered at the Renaissance Hotel in Richardson, TX to pay tribute to Wende Weinberg, a beloved Dallas educator of Judaism who passed away on December 4 after a long fight with cancer.

For Wende's tribute video, Chris and Mac interviewed dozens of her students, friends, fellow teachers, and family members whose testimony of Wende's unparalleled impact on their lives would bring a packed ballroom of 800 guests to tears.

It was an honor to work on this project and to remember an amazing woman whose legacy of education and ethics will endure long after her passing not only in the Jewish community, but throughout the city of Dallas and beyond.

Welcome to Brio—What? by Chris Kelley

Brio, a noun, means vigor or vivacity of style or performance. For example, "He told his story with some brio."

We know that clients want to keep up with what we've done, but both of us have an aversion to boastful rhetoric. We have several mottoes, and one of them is, "Talkin' ain't doin'."

So, we're calling this blogfrom here on outBrio. Not bravo. Ultimately, our clients will judge the quality of our work. What we can assure you is that we release nothing that we're not proud of (and, yes, you can end a sentence in a preposition).

Accordingly, Brio will feature highlights of our latest work. We've got some catching up to do, so it may seem like we're showing off. That's not our intention. But we do wanna let you know we've been busy.

We'll start with some of our recent work for the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance.

Updates (in order of importance): Mac, TKG Communications, LLC, and this Blog by Chris Kelley

In Spring 2016, The Kelley Group became an LLC--TKG Communications, LLC. After nearly 10 years in business, we figured it was time to expand our horizons.

More importantly, Mac--upon receiving his hard-earned master's degree in Arts & Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas--joined The Kelley Group full-time on July 1. This is a huge deal for Chris & Sheryl--and, most of all, for our clients. 

Mac now oversees all technical aspects of video production, serves as principal writer on many creative projects, builds websites, and assists in managing all aspects of media relations. He can jump over tall buildings, too. Just ask Chris.

Going forward, we'll use this blog to showcase our clients' incredible work, share our creative musings, and celebrate the human heart in action, our speciality. 

Please let us know if we can help you. 

 

Christmas Releases: Latest Productions from The Kelley Group by Chris Kelley

It’s been a holiday-like season all fall at The Kelley Group! Chris and Mac have produced four major video productions since Nov. 7, as well as several smaller video projects. TKG is pleased and privileged to have produced the featured video at the All Stars Project of Dallas luncheon on Nov. 17 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. On Dec. 3, TKG produced the Dallas Holocaust Museum’s annual Hope for Humanity Dinner 2015 at the Fairmont Hotel—which featured three major video projects by Chris and Mac. You can see the videos here, here and here. This is the seventh year in a row that Chris has had the honor to serve as executive producer of the Holocaust Museum’s annual Hope for Humanity dinner. On Dec. 7, Mac had great fun shooting the Vickery Meadow Festival of Lights—a project he quickly produced as a short video that will leave you in the holiday spirit. As always, Sheryl provided invaluable research, scheduling help and critiques of the projects—all the while keeping the books and her sense of humor as we worked multiple weekends to meet our deadlines. 

Refugees, Innovation, and Oxford—Postcards from the UK by Chris Kelley

We hope you’ll check out our latest video projects here. These are short video features we shot at Oxford University in July. The videos are especially timely when one considers that the largest forced migration is underway in Europe since WWII. We can’t say enough about the incredible commitment that humanitarians around the world, including many former refugees, have toward other human beings. We’ll be releasing one more video in the series later this year. We hope to be invited back to Oxford next summer.

Check out Dallas CASA's Parade of Playhouses, and one of our latest videos by Chris Kelley

Dallas CASA is an amazing organization that helps reassemble the shattered lives of abused and neglected children with the help of devoted and caring staff members and volunteers. For several years, we’ve had the pleasure of helping Dallas CASA tell powerful stories of hope and healing involving the former youth of Dallas CASA and their incredible advocates. One of our pieces is being shown at the Dallas CASA’s 20th Parade of Playhouses at NorthPark Center through July 26. The playhouses are raffled off to raise much-needed support for Dallas CASA. For a chance to win one of 16 dream-making playhouses, visit NorthPark Center or dallascasa.org to view playhouses and purchase raffle tickets. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

"The Best of British" to Mac by Chris Kelley

Mac is off to the UK—Keble College at Oxford University, to be precise—to videotape the 2nd annual Oxford Humanitarian Innovation Project conference this coming weekend. The conference, “Facilitating Innovation,” will lead up to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2016. A key focus of the Oxford conference will explore how we enable innovation by and for affected communities. What does it mean to take a human-centered approach seriously, and to engage in co-creation with affected populations? With more than 42 million refugees of concern to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, conferences such as the one Mac will videotape and edit are of critical importance to the world community.

NPR's The Takeaway Interviews Our Colleague Kiflu by Chris Kelley

Our colleague and friend Kiflu Hussain was interviewed by the esteemed John Hockenberry of NPR's The Takeaway on July 1, an interview that Chris had the pleasure of arranging and Mac coordinated on the day of production. Kiflu's insights and first-hand experiences as a refugee make him uniquely qualified for his role as a Research Associate at the SMU Hunt Institute. Words can't express our gratitude for Kiflu's willingness to share his knowledge and passion with all of uswhich is so wonderfully captured in this interview heard on 260+ NPR stations across the nation.