Retro post: summer hols communication lessons

browningyork Communication lessons, Inspiration, Planning, Retro post

At this point, several weeks into the school summer hols, communication with children is not always at its best. But in 2013 – the first summer holiday I had experienced since my then-5-year-old daughter had started school – I was inspired to write this blog about the comms lessons that you can learn from interaction with children. See if you …

Communicate what you love

browningyork Engagement, General communication, Inspiration, Leadership communication, Resource article, Story-telling

Many years ago when the large charity I worked for was launching a particular employee initiative, I wanted to contact other organisations who had done something similar and ask for their advice and learning about the communications. Because I was in a junior role and felt inexperienced, I decided to ask a more senior colleague to cast an eye over …

So you want to be an internal communicator?

browningyork Browning York News, General communication, Inspiration

I love being an internal communicator. Over the years I have attended careers events to talk to university and secondary school students to inspire others to join my profession. They have rarely even heard of the role and are interested to learn about what I do and what they need to do to get into a similar position. As the …

What can we learn from an unconference?

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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 …