Use stories to demonstrate skills

browningyork Browning York News, General communication, Story-telling, University

Stories are a great way to demonstrate what you know or understand. Telling a story helps you to connect with other people too, showing what you can bring to the party. A story from my past Years ago when I was working at Cancer Research UK we produced a staff magazine which went out in hard copy once a month …

What if….you were your own inner ally?

browningyork Guest post, Inspiration, Kindness

Being kind has many elements to it. Showing kindness to others is an important aspect, as is treating yourself well. For this month’s ‘What If’ blog, I’m delighted to bring you this piece from Lucy Whitehall, a positive psychologist and coach who shares with us her personal story of self-compassion. Imagine if you will, that your dear friend is struggling …

What makes a good story?

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

I’ve just spent half an hour watching a Facebook live video of the bachelor chimp group at Monkey World in Dorset. I couldn’t tear myself away! And although this morning’s session wasn’t billed as a story, it strikes me that actually the team at Monkey World do a fantastic job of story-telling. Across their social media (as well as the …

10 ways to present your stories

browningyork Communication lessons, Inspiration, Leadership communication, Organisational culture, Story-telling

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 …

What communication skills have you used today?

browningyork Communication audiences, Communication lessons, General communication, Inspiration, Planning

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 …