How to use walking meetings to benefit your mental health and your work

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The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is nature. There is increasing evidence to show how important a connection with nature is for our mental health and wellbeing. Research carried out by the Mental Health Foundation into the effects of the pandemic showed: Going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us …

5 tips to improve email communication

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Email is generally held up to be the bane of business life. Especially now that so many of us have spent over a year working in different locations from our colleagues. We’ve all heard (and many of us have experienced) the horror stories of tidal waves of emails that just keep coming. But I have a confession to make… I …

10 ways to present your stories

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Last week I had the pleasure of chatting to Hayley Wright, Comms and Engagement Lead at Stockport, Oldham, Rochdale and Trafford Citizens Advice. Inspired by an article she wrote for CharityComms about involving her colleagues in gathering stories, I wanted to learn more about how she uses stories to benefit her charity. We had a lovely conversation about great ways …

20 questions to sort the basics for your internal comms

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Internal communicators have a big role to play as our organisations start to find a way forward. We’ll be looking at a whole range of situations and emotions. For some employees, returning to some form of in-person contact will be a joy. For others, there will be fear and uncertainty about what the ‘new normal’ will look and how it …

The story of a hot-desk and other ideas

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Earlier this week I facilitated table discussions at the CharityComms Internal Communications Special Interest Group. The topic was story-telling and we heard from a range of speakers, giving us first a framework for stories and then real-life examples from charities St John Ambulance, Mencap, World Animal Protection and Scope, who have used story-telling to engage their people. Armed with this …