Cutting through the Christmas noise

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At Christmas we often find ourselves surrounded by noise. But I’m not talking about sleigh bells or those irritating novelty decorations that sing a tune and make a racket. I mean the multiple messages that come our way. Here are just some of the things we come across at this time of year: Adverts from stores such as you-know-who, telling …

Guest post: The 5 Ps for developing a narrative

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I’m delighted to welcome communication specialist, Katie Jones, as my guest blogger this month. Katie shares with us her story of seeing the communication light as a student and her top tips for developing your organisational narrative. In a smoke and beer-filled room in Freshers Week I had a revelation. Angels sang and the clouds parted. I’d discovered the meaning …

Too small for internal communication?

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I have often heard it said that small organisations do not need to think about internal communication. I disagree. Whilst it may be true that smaller organisations have different internal comms needs and challenges to larger ones, as soon as you have more than one person in a room you will require some level of communication with each other. It’s …

Retro post: What’s on your to do list?

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This summer I’m going retro. I don’t mean with my choice of beach wear, but with the blog posts that I share. Each week during August I am going to re-publish something that I’ve written in a previous summer. Today I share with you something which I wrote way back in 2011 – it’s hard to believe this was so …

Communication training for Small Charities Coalition

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Yesterday I ran an Effective Communication for your Charity training workshop on behalf of Small Charities Coalition. With 13 attendees from a range of different organisations in the room we had lots of discussion, lots of practice of communication techniques and a few laughs too. They may have come from different organisations with a variety of charitable purposes and objectives, …