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Meet Dave Flynn

21 Sep 2017, by Chantal Ramirez in Get Featured, Meet our Members, Member Profiles

Meet Dave Flynn

Dave is a Corporate Communications Manager at Scripps Health in San Diego. He likes to spend his free time with his family, reading and listening to podcasts and he admits to a borderline unhealthy obsession with the Padres.

IABC Member Since: 2011

About Me

Birthplace: Woodland, CA

Current Residence: Kearny Mesa, San Diego

Favorite Quote: “Without liberty, man is a syncope.” – Henry Ward Beecher

When I’m not working, you could find me … Reading, listening to music/podcasts, watching the Padres or Seinfeld reruns, enjoying a cold beverage and hanging out with my wife and daughter (and dog!)

Three words that best describe me: Social, reliable, outgoing

My Life in Communications

The biggest communications challenge I’ve faced …
When we opened a new hospital in La Jolla a few years back, I was the only communications representative at that site at the time. As you might imagine, there were a lot of communications requests from a lot of different groups, some of which I had included in my communications plan and plenty I hadn’t. Some of the requests were for things I shouldn’t necessarily have handled but there really wasn’t anyone else to do the work. It was a little crazy at times, but I survived and out of that experience I developed a template of the things that should be considered at a much earlier time if I’m ever in a similar position again.

My favorite communications memory is …
The first time I did a live television broadcast. I remember I had my segment ready to go hours in advance. Then, in the minutes leading up to the time I was going on, I panicked and thought there was no way I could do it. Finally, I just told myself I was going to go out there, be myself, and give it my best shot. I think that’s what I’ve done throughout my career. The segment went well, too!

The most important communications or professional lesson I’ve learned is …
The earlier you can get your leaders together and on the same page, the better off you are from a communications standpoint. It’s frustrating when you spend so much time crafting a message only to find out it’s not the direction they wanted to go. You end up wasting a lot of time when a short meeting up front was all you needed.

Resources that I really find useful and recommend to other communicators are …
I’m all about those quick and easy tips that help make your writing tighter, as I tend to be a bit verbose. There’s a lot available out there, but Ragan Communications is the one I go to most often. Next to my computer, I have an article titled, “Improve Your Writing in 3 Minutes or Less,” which is basically a list of words you can delete from your message for brevity and to help it read better.

The most valuable thing about my membership with IABC is …
I’ve had the chance to meet some excellent communications professionals since I joined IABC. I’m looking forward to meeting many more in the future!

You should know this about me …
I originally wanted to be a game show host. Also, I have a borderline unhealthy obsession with the Padres.

Career Highlights

Current Job
Corporate Communications Manager at Scripps Health

Previous Jobs
Marketing and Communications Specialist at Scripps Health
News Writer at KFMB-TV
Sports Anchor at KHSL-TV