4 tips for summer communication

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication lessons, General communication, Organisational culture, Planning

The summer can be a funny time for organisational communication in most workplaces. At any given time, many colleagues will be away on holiday and those who are in the office may find themselves covering more work than usual. For some teams, such as the admissions teams at universities for example, the summer is the exact opposite of quiet – …

An exercise in audience understanding

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Effective communication is based on audience understanding. To build connections, communicate messages and listen to others, you need to understand them. What are they interested in? What motivates them? What have their experiences been? With this knowledge you can plan communications that are meaningful and move towards achieving your organisation’s objectives. Put yourself in their shoes When I run my …

How about some collaboration round here?

browningyork Charity, Collaboration, Communication audiences, Communication lessons, General communication, Voluntary sector

At a recent communication planning session, I noticed the word collaboration cropping up when the attendees talked about the challenges their charities face and how to solve them. With less funding to go round, an increasing drive towards efficiency and more complex social problems that require more than one agency to solve, many organisations now recognise that there are other …

Guest post: Content that encourages action

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In this month’s guest post, my fellow communications professional, Amy Hutson, shares some top tips for ensuring that your content works hard and encourages your audience to do something as a result. While writing might be something we do every day, writing content that encourages our audience to take action can be quite a challenge. So, I’ve put together a …

How to handle CAVE dwellers

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication lessons, Engagement

Every organisation has its CAVE dwellers. You know, those people who greet every new initiative, improved process or attempt to build excitement with snorts of derision. “We have seen it all before!” “What a lot of tosh!” “That will never work here.” They are, in short, Constantly Against Virtually Everything. CAVE dwellers. I first came across this term at an …