Communicating during December

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With just a couple of weeks to go to the ‘big day’, many organisations are facing the twin pressures of lots to do before the end of the year and employees who in many cases already want to be winding down for Christmas. Offices are full of chocolates gifted by suppliers and the tinsel and baubles that are stored in …

Communication in an ever-changing world

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Change communication seems to be featuring even more regularly in my professional life than usual at the moment. It has been true for a long time that whilst I often hear people saying things like “here we go again, we’ve seen all this before, it’ll be better when the change stops”, change has become an ongoing fact of life, not …

3 tips for internal communication of awareness months

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. April is Autism Awareness Month. March sees Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal. Time-specific campaigns can be a great way for charities to raise awareness of their work and the difference they aim to make. They can also be an opportunity for different organisations doing similar things to work together. From a communications perspective, a …

Guest post for the Directory of Social Change

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Next month I will have the great pleasure of running a session at the Directory of Social Change (DSC) Charity Writing and Communications Training Days 2016. This is the third year I’ve done this and I’m very much looking forward to doing it again – it’s a great opportunity to meet new people from charities who are getting to grips …

Avoiding the pitfalls of misunderstood language

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Recently I watched a feature film in German for the first time in about 20 years. And I understood it! And I laughed at the jokes! As a German graduate from the University of York, I really shouldn’t be so surprised, but when I left university I moved away from using my foreign languages and never really went back. Instead …