Guest post: Becoming an IC trusted adviser

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With the summer holidays drawing to an end, offices and workplaces will start to fill up again and it’s time to start (re)building working relationships. This month’s guest post comes from internal comms expert, Advita Patel, who shares some tips for becoming a trusted adviser. If you’ve ever worked as an Internal Communications professional you will understand how challenging it …

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 …

Retro post: summer hols communication lessons

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At this point, several weeks into the school summer hols, communication with children is not always at its best. But in 2013 – the first summer holiday I had experienced since my then-5-year-old daughter had started school – I was inspired to write this blog about the comms lessons that you can learn from interaction with children. See if you …

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. …

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, …