3 lessons on audience understanding

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This tweet from Natasha Roe at Red Pencil (shown below) about remembering your audience when you are communicating really struck a chord with me: Good cautionary tale not to make assumptions about your audiences from @SarahatSelf #CIMevents Reminds me of @bernardrossmc exercise to tap yourself on the shoulder and repeat *I am not the audience*🙃 — Natasha Roe (@RedPencil_) September …

It’s all in the timing

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There are many areas of life where timing is all important. Communication is one of them. This is something that anyone who has ever had to talk to their boss about a difficult project knows very well. Or if you’ve had to persuade a 2-year-old to put their socks on! Cycles of work Working in academic environments has particularly taught …

Guest blog: What to do when leaders don’t listen

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This month, internal communications consultant, Martin Flegg, shares his advice for getting your voice heard by the leaders in your organisation. If you like what he has to say, you might also like to join him and many other internal communicators at the ‘Changing the Conversation’ conference – details at the end of his piece. You’re an internal communications genius, …

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 …

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 …