7 tips for fantastic focus groups

browningyork Communication channels, Communication lessons, General communication, Inspiration

I often help my clients to run focus groups with their employees, volunteers and other stakeholders, which is a role I love. Being a facilitator and enabling people to articulate and present their views is really important. However, running a focus group is not always as easy as it seems and if you get it wrong, you can (inadvertently) do …

3 key stages of an internal comms audit

browningyork Browning York News, Case-study, Charity, Communication lessons, General communication, Voluntary sector

This week I submitted the final internal comms audit report to one of my charity clients. They had approached me earlier in the year, knowing that internal communication wasn’t working for them, but not sure exactly what the problems were. Or how to solve them. Following my research and analysis, they now have a clearer picture of what is going …

5 great ways to improve case-study gathering

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication lessons, Engagement, General communication, Planning, Story-telling

During a session on engaging content at a recent conference, the speaker talked about how to gather a case-study. Whatever your organisation does, you will have great stories of the work you do and the difference you make: used well, these will have a powerful effect on your intended audiences. But before you can start using those stories to achieve …

Guest post: 3 tools to improve communication in your organisation

browningyork Communication channels, Communication lessons, Guest post

My guest this month, coach for the self-employed Emma Cossey, shares her favourite communication tools for improving communication between colleagues – if your diary is over-run with unproductive meetings, this is the post for you. “Meetings should be like salt – a spice sprinkled carefully to enhance a dish, not poured recklessly over every forkful. Too much salt destroys a …

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 …