10 tips from the public sector comms conference

browningyork Browning York News, Communication lessons, General communication, Planning, Public sector, Story-telling

Yesterday I attended the public sector comms conference and came away with my head buzzing with ideas. It was a packed agenda, with speakers from a whole range of organisations, and sessions covering a variety of topics. A key theme was using effective communication to support behaviour change and here are some takeaways from the day. 1. Give people easy …

So you want to be an internal communicator?

browningyork Browning York News, General communication, Inspiration

I love being an internal communicator. Over the years I have attended careers events to talk to university and secondary school students to inspire others to join my profession. They have rarely even heard of the role and are interested to learn about what I do and what they need to do to get into a similar position. As the …

What can we learn from an unconference?

browningyork Browning York News, Communication lessons, Inspiration

This has been one of my favourite quotes, ever since Benjamin Ellis said it during his explanation of how an unconference works. That was a few years ago at the first #TheBigYak and it has served me well as a mantra ever since. The Big Yak is one of the highlights of the internal comms professional calendar. It’s an opportunity …

How do you make a dry subject more interesting?

browningyork Browning York News, Engagement, General communication, Public sector, University

This week I will be speaking about procurement communication at the LUPC & SUPC Conference 2018. I do a lot of work with procurement teams, helping them find ways to engage their internal audiences with the need for compliant action. The teams are lovely, hard-working experts in their field who are striving to do their best for their organisation every …

10 freelance communication experiences

browningyork Browning York News, Charity, General communication, Inspiration, University, Voluntary sector

Today is the 7th anniversary of the date I officially set up my not-for-profit and higher education communications limited company. I’m celebrating by sharing some of my favourite moments. I love my work When I left Cancer Research UK after 7 happy years, I needed to earn an income, but I also wanted to carry on working in a communications …