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Jon Stropes

At his core, Jon is an artist with an appreciation for all forms of creative expression. He uses his combined passion for writing and design to create, design, and maintain FirstPerson products and collateral. As a Marketing & Design Strategist, Jon engages clients through email communications, supports the team with branding needs, and manages a variety of events.
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The Survival Guide to Open Enrollment: The Sequel

September 14, 2017

Ryan Miller and Paul Ashley’s video blog on surviving Open Enrollment (OE) was such a hit, we decided to give it a sequel. If it works for Hollywood, it can work for FirstPerson and our clients, too.

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Why Your Employee Communication Should Go Digital

June 24, 2016

It’s undeniable in today’s world when you want to engage people, digital communication plays a major role. Whether it’s for commerce, education, or health care, if you are not a digital citizen, unfortunately you are not connecting with a large portion of your desired audience. According to research by Ofcom, in 2014 there was a growing trend in the digital realm.

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How Communication Strategy Can Soften the Blow of Bad News

January 28, 2016

There is a scene in Mel Brooks’ film, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, where the Sheriff of Rottingham comes to Prince John with bad news. The prince tells the Sheriff, “Maybe if you tell me the bad news in a good way, it won’t sound so bad.” Puzzled by the idea, the Sherriff gives it his best shot. He proceeds to conjure up an incredible fake laugh and unfolds the story, quite bluntly, of how he and his men were easily defeated by Robin Hood a few hours ago. Prince John’s reaction to the story and its delivery is less than enthusiastic.

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How to Communicate Change to Employees

September 4, 2015

Over the years, I’ve discovered that I have somewhat of a strange character trait. My friends will tell you I have more than one of those traits, but the one in particular that helps me in my career as a designer and a communicator is that I embrace change with open arms.

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