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 …

How about some collaboration round here?

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At a recent communication planning session, I noticed the word collaboration cropping up when the attendees talked about the challenges their charities face and how to solve them. With less funding to go round, an increasing drive towards efficiency and more complex social problems that require more than one agency to solve, many organisations now recognise that there are other …

How effective communication solves problems #1

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I believe that effective communication solves problems by motivating people to take actions. But which problems? And which actions? To help my readers understand where communication can support them and their organisation, I have written a series of blog posts covering different problems you can solve by communicating well. This week I am looking at the issue of getting people …

Mental health and the internal communicator

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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. It is fantastic that conversations about this important area of wellbeing are becoming more and more open. With increasing recognition of the impact of our mental wellbeing on all areas of our lives, our workplace communication has an even greater significance. We would not be able – or expected – to leave a …

How to handle CAVE dwellers

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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 …