#YouMadeItHappen – my favourites

browningyork Browning York News, Charity, Collaboration, General communication, Story-telling, Voluntary sector

This week charities have been using the hashtag #YouMadeItHappen to thank their supporters and celebrate the difference they make. An email from NCVO’s Aidan Warner, sent to members to launch the imitative, said, “When we ask the public what they want to hear from charities, one thing comes through loud and clear. They want to know about the difference their …

3 point jargon-busting plan

browningyork Charity, Communication lessons, General communication, University, Voluntary sector

Sometimes the world seems full of jargon. For example, this year I’ve been having problems with an error message on my laptop. Not as bad as the blue screen of death, but worrying enough for me to google possible solutions. And to ask in a High Street computer store. And to speak to a mate of a mate who knows …

What communication skills have you used today?

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication lessons, General communication, Inspiration, Planning

I was trying to think of a topic for this blog post, so I asked my daughter what I should write about…. “You should write about communication in football,” she said (she’s football mad). “When we were playing football yesterday we had to communicate with each other to play as a team.” She may only be 11, but she recognises …

Guest post: Workplace communication between individuals

browningyork Communication channels, Engagement, General communication, Guest post

This month’s guest post comes from freelance communicator, Genevieve Etienne-Farrell, and looks at workplace communication from an individual’s perspective. We often overlook communication in the workplace once we have covered the basics such as who to contact, why we need to contact them, and how we can contact them. Whilst this is a somewhat basic requirement for a successful team, …

7 tips for fantastic focus groups

browningyork Communication channels, Communication lessons, General communication, Inspiration

I often help my clients to run focus groups with their employees, volunteers and other stakeholders, which is a role I love. Being a facilitator and enabling people to articulate and present their views is really important. However, running a focus group is not always as easy as it seems and if you get it wrong, you can (inadvertently) do …