The comms blog

3 ways to write a comms strategy quickly

I often work with clients who tell me they really want to work from a comms strategy but they don’t have time to write it. Because I am not (usually) involved in the day-to-day delivery of communications at their organisation, I have the time and space to do the strategic thinking. I can take a … Read more

3 key stages of an internal comms audit

Many organisations have now begun a hybrid working model. Some people are based at home, some are back in the office. Some people are working a mix of both. Effective internal communication is at the heart of employee wellbeing, motivation and understanding. As everyone gets used to these new ways of working, organisations will need … Read more

The perils of no project communication

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 … Read more

The link between fundraising and communication

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 … Read more

Guest post: Personal communication skills

As we near the end of 2020 (thank goodness!), we all face continued uncertainty. As well as being unsettling, this also makes the communication we can plan for uncertain. In my last guest blog of the year, trainer Rhian Morallee shares her thoughts on the personal communication skills we will all need next year, no … Read more

5 tips to communicate dry subjects

Today I am blogging about something that we know we will need to communicate about in 2021 and beyond – dry subjects. Topics such as procurement, data compliance and health and safety. (I say this with love; I have worked with enough procurement teams over the years to believe that you are a truly misunderstood … Read more

Back to square one?

With #lockdown2 about to start in England tomorrow, it’s hard not to feel that we’re right back where we started earlier this year. Personally and professionally, I’ve heard a lot of heart-sinking, sighing and here-we-go-again-ing. Many communications teams and individuals are gathering themselves and setting to work once again for their colleagues. Finding the best … Read more

10 quick and practical tips for communication that works

For this week’s blog I asked on my Twitter and LinkedIn pages for practical tips for communicators in a hurry. The results cover a wide range of areas, from planning and strategy to intranet and message suggestions. I particularly like the ideas in relation to sign-off, an area that can easily slow us down as … Read more