How to write a comms strategy quickly

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I often work with clients who tell me they really want to work from a comms strategy but they don’t have time to write it. Because I am not (usually) involved in the day-to-day delivery of communications at their organisation, I have the time and space to do the strategic thinking. I can take a step back and look at …

How to identify your key messages

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication lessons, Training

Key messages can be tricky to get right. This is especially true if you are close to the subject matter and know all the ins and outs by heart. Or if you are producing communications for a project manager who wants to cover all bases. But it is vital for effective communication that you find a way to get the …

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 …

What’s the point? Make your comms worthwhile

browningyork Communication lessons, Engagement, General communication, Inspiration

I regularly have conversations with potential new clients who are struggling to find the time to communicate effectively. They usually have a small team with limited comms experience and they need someone to help them get their messages out effectively. Although I haven’t yet found a way to manufacture more time (that would be a neat trick!), I can work …

It’s all in the timing

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication lessons, General communication, Planning, Uncategorized, University

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 …