Guest post: Personal communication skills

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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 matter what happens. In today’s …

5 tips to communicate dry subjects

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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 group.) My recent blog posing …

Back to square one?

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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 messages to support wellbeing and …

What communication skills have you used today?

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I first wrote this piece a few years ago. This week is half-term at my daughter’s school. Although she’s now older than when I wrote this and our activities are different, I think a day like this is a great way to illustrate the comms skills we all use, often without realising it. I was trying to think of a …

Comms checklist for trustees

browningyork Charity, Collaboration, Communication lessons, General communication, Leadership communication, Strategy communication, Voluntary sector

Trustees’ Week 2020 takes place 2-6 November. Apparently there are 700,000 volunteer trustees in England and Wales, so I am part of a very large group! As trustees we have a lot of different things to keep an eye on. This is particularly true during difficult times, for our own organisations, for our sector and, most importantly, for the very …