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Writer’s block: 5 great ways to power through

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Writer’s block. We all get it from time to time. Sometimes it lasts only 10 minutes. Other times it goes on for weeks. But what to do if you need to write something for your organisation? When the project timeline or newsletter deadline doesn’t allow you the luxury of writer’s block. When your colleague needs that web copy to send …

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Why do employee networks matter to communicators?

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I’ve been inspired to write this blog about employee networks by three recent activities: Yesterday I attended the CharityComms seminar about building an anti-racist brand. There were many thought-provoking points, suggestions and learnings. A key takeaway for me was the importance of genuine dialogue with others, enabling a deeper understanding of their experiences and involving them in creating the way …

How to use walking meetings to benefit your mental health and your work

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The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is nature. There is increasing evidence to show how important a connection with nature is for our mental health and wellbeing. Research carried out by the Mental Health Foundation into the effects of the pandemic showed: Going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us …

5 tips to improve email communication

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Email is generally held up to be the bane of business life. Especially now that so many of us have spent over a year working in different locations from our colleagues. We’ve all heard (and many of us have experienced) the horror stories of tidal waves of emails that just keep coming. But I have a confession to make… I …

5 reasons my clients hire me

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I’ve been reflecting on the reasons that my clients have chosen to hire me over the past 10 years. They have needed a variety of services and been looking for all sorts of outcomes. The reasons they were looking for help have included: They knew something about their communication activities wasn’t working as well as it could have done or …