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Writer’s block: 5 great ways to power through

browningyork Charity, Communication lessons, General communication, Inspiration, University

Writer’s block. We all get it from time to time. Sometimes it lasts only 10 minutes. Other times it goes on for weeks. But what to do if you need to write something for your organisation? When the project timeline or newsletter deadline doesn’t allow you the luxury of writer’s block. When your colleague needs that web copy to send …

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Why do employee networks matter to communicators?

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication lessons, General communication

I’ve been inspired to write this blog about employee networks by three recent activities: Yesterday I attended the CharityComms seminar about building an anti-racist brand. There were many thought-provoking points, suggestions and learnings. A key takeaway for me was the importance of genuine dialogue with others, enabling a deeper understanding of their experiences and involving them in creating the way …

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Communication from a volunteer’s point of view

browningyork Charity, Communication lessons, Engagement, Inspiration, Voluntary sector, Volunteers

It’s Volunteers Week 2021. The theme this year is ‘A time to say thanks’. Organisations will be thanking their volunteers in a variety of ways. They simply wouldn’t be able to do what they do, make the difference they make, without the people who voluntarily give up their time and skills to make things happen. Services would stop. People and …

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What to include in a communication toolkit

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication channels, Communication lessons, Communication measurement, Planning

Over the years I have worked with a lot of clients to put together a communication toolkit. These are a great way to share communication skills and spread consistency. Particularly when you have people whose natural impulse is to start by deciding on a channel, without thought for their purpose, audience or outcome. Toolkits can be used in a variety …

How to use walking meetings to benefit your mental health and your work

browningyork Communication channels, Communication lessons, General communication, Inspiration, Organisational culture

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is nature. There is increasing evidence to show how important a connection with nature is for our mental health and wellbeing. Research carried out by the Mental Health Foundation into the effects of the pandemic showed: Going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us …