What’s the point? Make your comms worthwhile

browningyork Communication lessons, Engagement, General communication, Inspiration

I regularly have conversations with potential new clients who are struggling to find the time to communicate effectively. They usually have a small team with limited comms experience and they need someone to help them get their messages out effectively. Although I haven’t yet found a way to manufacture more time (that would be a neat trick!), I can work …

It’s all in the timing

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication lessons, General communication, Planning, Uncategorized, University

There are many areas of life where timing is all important. Communication is one of them. This is something that anyone who has ever had to talk to their boss about a difficult project knows very well. Or if you’ve had to persuade a 2-year-old to put their socks on! Cycles of work Working in academic environments has particularly taught …

4 tips for summer communication

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication lessons, General communication, Organisational culture, Planning

The summer can be a funny time for organisational communication in most workplaces. At any given time, many colleagues will be away on holiday and those who are in the office may find themselves covering more work than usual. For some teams, such as the admissions teams at universities for example, the summer is the exact opposite of quiet – …

How about some collaboration round here?

browningyork Charity, Collaboration, Communication audiences, Communication lessons, General communication, Voluntary sector

At a recent communication planning session, I noticed the word collaboration cropping up when the attendees talked about the challenges their charities face and how to solve them. With less funding to go round, an increasing drive towards efficiency and more complex social problems that require more than one agency to solve, many organisations now recognise that there are other …

Diversity and inclusion for communicators

browningyork Charity, General communication, Story-telling, University

When I saw a Diversity and Inclusion for Communicators course advertised by the Institute of Internal Communication a few months ago, I was really pleased. I knew this was an area I wanted to know more about, so I signed up straight away. Eighteen months ago I worked with the Diversity and Inclusion Deans at the University of Reading, providing …