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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 …

5 tips to improve email communication

browningyork Charity, Communication channels, Communication lessons, General communication, Planning, University

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

browningyork Browning York News, Charity, General communication, Organisational culture, University, Voluntary sector

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 …

5 benefits of strategic, planned communication

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Over the years I’ve been privileged to work with a whole host of inspiring individuals and organisations. I’ve worked alongside them to realise the benefits of a strategic, planned approach to communicating. They have been at different stages and needed different outcomes from their work with me. Together we have assessed the advantages they would see from improved communication. And …

Use stories to demonstrate skills

browningyork Browning York News, General communication, Story-telling, University

Stories are a great way to demonstrate what you know or understand. Telling a story helps you to connect with other people too, showing what you can bring to the party. A story from my past Years ago when I was working at Cancer Research UK we produced a staff magazine which went out in hard copy once a month …