What can we learn from an unconference?

browningyork Browning York News, Communication lessons, Inspiration

This has been one of my favourite quotes, ever since Benjamin Ellis said it during his explanation of how an unconference works. That was a few years ago at the first #TheBigYak and it has served me well as a mantra ever since. The Big Yak is one of the highlights of the internal comms professional calendar. It’s an opportunity …

Writer’s block: 5 great ways to power through

browningyork Charity, Communication lessons, General communication, Inspiration, University

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 …

10 freelance communication experiences

browningyork Browning York News, Charity, General communication, Inspiration, University, Voluntary sector

Today is the 7th anniversary of the date I officially set up my not-for-profit and higher education communications limited company. I’m celebrating by sharing some of my favourite moments. I love my work When I left Cancer Research UK after 7 happy years, I needed to earn an income, but I also wanted to carry on working in a communications …

What are the perils of no communication?

browningyork Communication lessons, Engagement, Inspiration, Planning

When I was researching topics for this blog series, a previous client asked me to write about what happens if you don’t communicate about your project at all. These are just some of the results I see from these situations: No-one knows what they’re doing, so they just make it up. People are confused so they do the wrong thing …