Ryan Davenport



At our house, there are certain chores that just never seem to get done during normal times. They might get discussed optimistically, but usually they end up taking their usual place at the bottom of the to-do-list. But these times are anything but normal. For me, darkness and daylight replaced hours and minutes. Tasks left undone due to time constraints no longer seem out of reach. Traditional chores, like cleaning the bathroom or vacuuming remain relevant. But, at least lately, these odd jobs are getting my attention.   One of those jobs sat undone in our basement for years. Half of this unfinished room directly beneath our kitchen serves as a food pantry. The other half is a workshop, of sorts. This is where light bulbs, batteries and tools live. There are paint cans, deck screws and leftover weatherstripping. But it got so cluttered and dysfunctional that my son began to add air quotes whenever the room came up in conversation. Really, Dad? “Workshop?” I took that personally. I needed my workshop back.   It had become a sad gathering place of stuff too valuable to throw away, but not important enough for its own space. Distractions were everywhere. There […]

Turning the table



Let’s start with important context. Our healthcare workers and researchers are brave, incredibly hard-working heroes. We honor all of our essential workers. Folks who care for the sick and provide for our basic necessities do it under the most trying circumstances. History will show these people were the ones who got us through this.   Any discomfort the rest of us might be feeling as we shelter in place pales in comparison. But our stories matter, too. Each of us faces a set of circumstances we’ve never faced before.   My oldest is a junior in college. He lived in a run-down college house about 650 miles away. He has friendly, loyal roommates. At school he’s independent and completely in charge. He studies hard, plays hard and has a great time. Then COVID-19 hit. His college told him to go home. He moved back into his childhood bedroom to live with Mom, Dad, a sister and a brother. Now he’s pursuing his degree in theater performance using the internet with something called Zoom. Let’s just say he’s a little grumpy.   My daughter, a senior at a Minneapolis public school, hasn’t been in class since Friday, the 13th of March. […]

Not a hero on the front lines of the pandemic? Your story still ...


Experts say it’s time “to pump the brakes” MINNEAPOLIS (March 28, 2020) – Saying there’s no time like the present, expert procrastinators from middle school to middle age and above have a message to all those non-essential Americans sheltering in place: grab the remote and put your feet up. “There are people all over this country stuck at home wondering what to do now,” said lifelong procrastinator and accomplished foot dragger Frank Bartmann (who agreed to be interviewed only under a fictitious name). “Trust me. This is not the time to repaint the kitchen.” As world health experts advise people to cancel plans, stay home and avoid crowds, Bartmann says all Type A personalities should turn to procrastinators for guidance. “We actually meant to get our message out a month ago. But, whatever. Here it is—this is our time.” Bartmann says there’s never been a better time in our nation’s history to crumple up that to-do list and toss it into the wastebasket. “We believe the results-driven go-getters of the world are playing right into the dirty hands of the coronavirus,” he said. “You all want to be first in line, first to get 1,000 followers and first to board […]

With millions homebound, America’s procrastinators say put the to-do-list away and relax



MINNEAPOLIS (January 18, 2018) – A small, but nimble Minneapolis PR/media relations practice has earned a coveted milestone universally recognized and respected for standing the test of time. DavenPR, LLC, which launched in January 2016, is officially two years old. “It’s safe to say this is a thing,” deadpanned owner Ryan Davenport. “There’s no Plan B—so that’s got to count for something,” he said. The firm provides strategic communication services to help clients tell their stories and meaningfully engage with audiences critical to their success. Davenport decided to start his solo practice after a nearly 20-year career in corporate communications and six years as a print and broadcast journalist. The time has flown by. “When I started DavenPR, I had zero clients, there was a different occupant in the White House and fake news was not a part of our lexicon,” he said. We’ve come a long way in a relatively short time. The way people and organizations communicate continues to evolve at lightning speed. That’s why it’s critical to stay engaged and to listen to all points of view – whether you agree with them or not.” One of the best parts about having your own business, Davenport says, […]

DavenPR marks 2nd anniversary; sheds “newbie” label


Have you ever used crazy glue and NOT glued your fingers together? Recently I tried to put the shattered pieces of a ceramic music box back together. Several years ago, I convinced my wife that this delicate family heirloom would survive a flight home in checked baggage. I was wrong. The music box was okay. But the fragile, hand-painted ceramic figure of an Irish dancing girl mounted on top was in more than 20 pieces. At that moment, I quietly vowed that someday I would make this right. I armed myself with several tiny, single-use tubes of super glue and set to work. Impressed with my early progress, I began to work more quickly. Then I promptly fused my fingers together. Panic began to set in while my wife searched the internet for ways to separate superglued fingers. (Try nail polish remover with acetone or immersing the fingers in warm soapy water.) Twenty minutes later, I was back on the project. Within 15 minutes, my fingers were fused again. And so on. Similarly, when a PR crisis hits, the pros know it takes time to put the pieces of an organization’s reputation back together. The pressure to defuse a breaking […]

Managing a messy PR crisis? Be sure to use messages that stick