The story of a hot-desk and other ideas

browningyork Browning York News, Communication lessons, Engagement, Inspiration, Story-telling

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 …

4 communication skills for leaders

browningyork General communication, Leadership communication, Story-telling

The recently-released State of the Sector report from Gatehouse comes to some rather alarming conclusions about the internal comms skills of line managers (and the support they receive). Whilst I agree that line managers are a key group, we also need to remember how important our leaders’ communication skills are. There are many different skills which leaders need to develop …

Are you getting communication right?

browningyork Charity, Communication audiences, Communication channels, General communication, Organisational culture, Planning, University, Voluntary sector

“How do I make sure that people read my newsletter?” “How do I make people look at my website?” “How do I make sure that people listen to me?” These are questions which I regularly hear from charities and universities that I work with. And I usually have to answer with another question – how sure are you that you …

3 communication lessons from the CharityComms IC group

browningyork Browning York News, Communication audiences, Communication lessons, Story-telling

Earlier this week I had the great pleasure of chairing a panel discussion at the CharityComms Special Interest Group for internal communictors. This fantastic group of people with responsibility for IC in the not-for-profit world comes together quarterly to compare notes, share experiences and learn from each other. This month our speakers came from other sectors, so that we could …

Why does Santa need to get his internal communications right?

browningyork Christmas, Communication lessons, General communication, Inspiration

I know that sounds like the opening line of a groan-worthy Christmas cracker joke, but it’s a serious question. I’m not sure of the exact employment status of the elves – does Santa pay them a living wage or are they volunteers, working at the North Pole because they want to make a difference to children’s lives – but whatever …