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 …

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 …

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. …

The perils of no project communication

browningyork Communication lessons, Engagement, Inspiration, Planning

When I was researching topics for my blog, a previous client asked me to write about what happens if you have no project communication at all. This is what I regularly see happening: No-one knows what they’re doing, so they just make it up. People are confused so they do the wrong thing or cause more problems than you started …

What’s the point? Make your communications worthwhile

browningyork Communication lessons, Engagement, General communication, Inspiration, Retro post

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 …