Mental health and the internal communicator

browningyork Communication lessons, General communication, Resource article

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. It is fantastic that conversations about this important area of wellbeing are becoming more and more open. With increasing recognition of the impact of our mental wellbeing on all areas of our lives, our workplace communication has an even greater significance. We would not be able – or expected – to leave a …

Guest post: comms lessons from an 11-year-old

browningyork Communication lessons, General communication, Guest post, Inspiration

Thanks to the Easter school holidays I’ve spent much of the last couple of weeks hanging out with my daughter. Like many 11-year-olds she’s very wise and tells it like it is, so I interviewed her about her views on communication for this month’s guest slot. Listening to young people more is something we should all do. Why is communication …

3 steps to spring clean your communications

browningyork Communication lessons, General communication

Spring is definitely in the air and today I have been having a spring clean of my home office. I’ve put up new lighter, brighter curtains, tidied away some clutter and put a lovely bunch of flowers on the window sill. I find that I immediately feel more energetic and creative myself, ready to meet the challenges of current and …

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 …

4 communication skills for leaders

browningyork General communication, Leadership communication, Story-telling

The recently-released State of the Sector report from Gatehouse comes to some rather alarming conclusions about the internal comms skills of line managers (and the support they receive). Whilst I agree that line managers are a key group, we also need to remember how important our leaders’ communication skills are. There are many different skills which leaders need to develop …