3 key stages of an internal comms audit

browningyork Browning York News, Case-study, Charity, Communication lessons, General communication, Voluntary sector

This week I submitted the final internal comms audit report to one of my charity clients. They had approached me earlier in the year, knowing that internal communication wasn’t working for them, but not sure exactly what the problems were. Or how to solve them. Following my research and analysis, they now have a clearer picture of what is going …

5 great ways to improve case-study gathering

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication lessons, Engagement, General communication, Planning, Story-telling

During a session on engaging content at a recent conference, the speaker talked about how to gather a case-study. Whatever your organisation does, you will have great stories of the work you do and the difference you make: used well, these will have a powerful effect on your intended audiences. But before you can start using those stories to achieve …

Too small for internal communication?

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication channels, Communication lessons, General communication

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: how to understand culture through tea

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Since I work with a lot of different organisations, I get to work with many teams and in a variety of environments – the best way to understand their culture is to suss out the tea and coffee making facilities. Back in 2014 I wrote a blog about the things I’d learnt from the humble workplace cuppa…. I’ve just started …

Guest post: How to make difficult conversations easier

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In this month’s guest post, positive psychologist, coach and trainer, Lucy Whitehall, shares some tips on improving workplace communication by making difficult conversations easier. It’s not uncommon to need to have a potentially difficult conversation in the workplace. What’s more common is the tendency to put off having these conversations; usually for fear of upsetting someone or creating more tension. …