4 steps to reducing silo-working

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

Duplication. Inefficiency. Higher costs. Missed opportunities – for the organisation and for individuals. Bad feeling. Internal politics. Reputation issues. Loss of funding. If any of these problems sound familiar, your organisation may be suffering from silo-working patterns. There are a number of factors that can lead to this situation – such as conflicting priorities or leadership style – but, as …

Celebrating my birthday with 10 comms tips

browningyork Browning York News, Communication audiences, Communication channels, Communication lessons, Communication measurement, Training

I love working with organisations that are making the world a kinder place. I’ve been doing it for more than 10 years but it was in March 2011 that I took things to a more formal level by setting up a company. To end my month of ‘birthday’ celebrations, here are my top 10 communication tips. First tip is to …

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 …

Back to square one?

browningyork Communication measurement, General communication

With #lockdown2 about to start in England tomorrow, it’s hard not to feel that we’re right back where we started earlier this year. Personally and professionally, I’ve heard a lot of heart-sinking, sighing and here-we-go-again-ing. Many communications teams and individuals are gathering themselves and setting to work once again for their colleagues. Finding the best messages to support wellbeing and …

Lessons in communication from a head teacher

browningyork Browning York News, Communication lessons, Education, Engagement, General communication, Leadership communication

I first published this analysis of the communications I receive from my daughter’s head teacher back in May, on my LinkedIn feed. Since then she has continued to provide updates, information and reassurance to parents, under incredibly difficult circumstances. I’m featuring blogs on the topic of comms, leaders and direction during October. So as we approach the half-term break, this …