Do you have a communication culture?

browningyork Communication channels, Communication lessons, General communication, Organisational culture

Being an independent communications specialist with my own limited company, I wear many hats, often several at the same time. I am employer, employee, communications expert, finance director, accounts clerk, marketing team, social media manager, facilities manager, business developer, tea maker… the list goes on! Personally, I enjoy the variety (most of the time) and love how much I am …

4 steps to reducing silo-working

browningyork Charity, Communication lessons, General communication, Organisational culture, University, Voluntary sector

Duplication. Inefficiency. Higher costs. Missed opportunities – for the organisation and for individuals. Bad feeling. Internal politics. Reputation issues. Loss of funding. If any of these problems sound familiar, your organisation may be suffering from silo-working patterns. There are a number of factors that can lead to this situation – such as conflicting priorities or leadership style – but, as …

The perils of no project communication

browningyork Communication lessons, Engagement, Inspiration, Planning

I wrote this blog when a previous client asked me about what happens if you have no project communication at all. At a time when many organisations are faced with higher demand and lower income, there is a very real risk that effective communication could be missed for projects which go ahead. Smaller project teams with more to do could …

The link between fundraising and communication

browningyork Charity, Engagement, Planning, Story-telling, Voluntary sector

Successful fundraising is about telling emotional stories that donors and potential donors connect with. That they want to be part of. And that they want to share with others. At the moment it seems that every day brings more news of charities large and small that are faced with a crisis of funding. They are having to make incredibly difficult …

Picture of an ink pen nib with the words 'The first draft is just you telling yourself the story'

Writer’s block: 5 great ways to power through

browningyork Charity, Communication lessons, General communication, Inspiration, University

Writer’s block. We all get it from time to time. Sometimes it lasts only 10 minutes. Other times it goes on for weeks. But what to do if you need to write something for your organisation? When the project timeline or newsletter deadline doesn’t allow you the luxury of writer’s block. When your colleague needs that web copy to send …