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 …

The story of a hot-desk and other ideas

browningyork Browning York News, Communication lessons, Engagement, Inspiration, Story-telling

Earlier this week I facilitated table discussions at the CharityComms Internal Communications Special Interest Group. The topic was story-telling and we heard from a range of speakers, giving us first a framework for stories and then real-life examples from charities St John Ambulance, Mencap, World Animal Protection and Scope, who have used story-telling to engage their people. Armed with this …

Guest post: comms lessons from an 11-year-old

browningyork Communication lessons, General communication, Guest post, Inspiration

Thanks to the Easter school holidays I’ve spent much of the last couple of weeks hanging out with my daughter. Like many 11-year-olds she’s very wise and tells it like it is, so I interviewed her about her views on communication for this month’s guest slot. Listening to young people more is something we should all do. Why is communication …

What is effective communication?

browningyork Communication lessons, Engagement, General communication, Planning

I often talk about ‘effective communication’ in my presentations, comms strategy conversations and training workshops. But what does that phrase actually mean? A good friend asked me this question after reviewing some text for me. And I thought ‘If Pat wants to know what effective communication is, then other people will probably be wondering the same thing’. Simply put, I believe …

Celebrating my birthday with 8 comms tips

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

Today is Browning York Ltd’s 8th birthday. I love working with charities and universities to solve problems through more effective communication. I’ve been doing it for more than 8 years (twice as long, in fact) but it was in March 2011 that I took things to a more formal level by setting up a company. To celebrate my ‘birthday’, I …