Tips to make the case for internal comms at your not-for-profit

browningyork Charity, Communication lessons, Public sector, Voluntary sector

I spend a lot of my time thinking, listening, talking and pondering about internal communication*. I believe strongly that a key success factor for any organisation is connecting employees, volunteers, members and whoever else counts as internal for you. I even describe wanting to inspire organisations to plan effective internal comms as my mission in life. (*If your reaction to …

Who needs internal comms?

browningyork Charity, General communication, University, Voluntary sector

I love my job. I believe wholeheartedly in the difference that effective communication makes to organisations, how it solves problems and supports achievement of plans and goals. As a result, I’m always willing to talk to others about what I do, whether at networking meetings, co-working offices or even at the pub with friends. (Oh yes, I’m a hoot at …

How to avoid hidden messages and misunderstandings

browningyork Change, Communication audiences, Communication lessons, General communication, Planning

Hidden messages can pop up anywhere. I once had to explain to a client that if she chose only to publish details of what external stakeholders thought of her project and not the views of her staff, she would be sending out the message that her employees’ opinions weren’t important. Similarly, if she published only glowing reports from employees, when …

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 …