How to handle CAVE dwellers

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication lessons, Engagement

Every organisation has its CAVE dwellers. You know, those people who greet every new initiative, improved process or attempt to build excitement with snorts of derision. “We have seen it all before!” “What a lot of tosh!” “That will never work here.” They are, in short, Constantly Against Virtually Everything. CAVE dwellers. I first came across this term at an …

The story of a hot-desk and other ideas

browningyork Browning York News, Communication lessons, Engagement, Inspiration, Story-telling

Earlier this week I facilitated table discussions at the CharityComms Internal Communications Special Interest Group. The topic was story-telling and we heard from a range of speakers, giving us first a framework for stories and then real-life examples from charities St John Ambulance, Mencap, World Animal Protection and Scope, who have used story-telling to engage their people. Armed with this …

What is effective communication?

browningyork Communication lessons, Engagement, General communication, Planning

I often talk about ‘effective communication’ in my presentations, comms strategy conversations and training workshops. But what does that phrase actually mean? A good friend asked me this question after reviewing some text for me. And I thought ‘If Pat wants to know what effective communication is, then other people will probably be wondering the same thing’. Simply put, I believe …

Guest post: Employee engagement in the workplace

browningyork Communication lessons, Engagement, Guest post, Voluntary sector

Today is #WorldHappinessDay. This month’s guest, Alan Price, COO and Employment Law Director at Peninsula, gives us his thoughts on employee engagement, which is something that can help people to feel happy at work. Employee engagement is the approach within a workplace leading to the right working conditions for employees. It relates to an employee’s loyalty to an organisation, productivity …

10 key points from the Strategic People conference

browningyork Browning York News, Charity, Engagement, Inspiration, Organisational culture, Volunteers

This was my second year at the Strategic People Conference from Agenda Consulting. This year’s theme was ‘Thoughtful leadership for a healthy culture’. Once again I came away with lots of new ideas and questions to consider in my work with my clients. Throughout the day there was ample opportunity to learn from different perspectives on engagement and organisational culture. …