It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

OUT TO LUNCH finds the country's most entertaining finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business world to join him, sometimes for fine dining others for pizza. From CEO's to startups, managers, musicians, biomed needle-movers, Silicon Bayou success stories and entrepreneurs of all stripes put aside the elevator pitch and the talking points and actually enjoy themselves. It's business, New Orleans style.
You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Good News and Bad News – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

We’ve all seen this guy or woman on TV, and we’ve all said, “Thank God that’s not me.” The person sweating behind a bank of microphones, trying to explain away something bad.

What if one day, maybe through no fault of your own, that person is you? Having to explain why things aren’t quite how they look. How do you know what to do? What to say? You could call on crisis management PR specialist, John Deveney.

john deveney

A seasoned crisis management specialist and principal of his firm simply called Deveney, John explains how he does what he does and what to do if you ever do find yourself in the center of a media storm.

Geoff Coats 

On the other hand, if you have some good news to spread about your business and you want to look even more fabulous and hipper than you already are, you could call on Peter’s other guest today, Geoff Coats from branding and web design company, Line 58.

peter ricchiuti

Holed up in the coveted but arctic wine room at Commander’s Palace for security reasons (and also because the AC was being repaired in the show’s normal spot upstairs) Peter Ricchiuti gets the lowdown on what to say when things don’t go as expected – in a bad way – (hint: don’t use the word “spin”) – and what to say to ensure things stay cool and groovy when times are good.

peter ricchiuti, john deveney, geoff coats

Photos at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon