What is effective communication?

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I often talk about ‘effective communication’ in my presentations, comms strategy conversations and training workshops. But what does that phrase actually mean? A good friend asked me this question after reviewing some text for me. And I thought ‘If Pat wants to know what effective communication is, then other people will probably be wondering the same thing’. Simply put, I believe …

Celebrating my birthday with 8 comms tips

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Today is Browning York Ltd’s 8th birthday. I love working with charities and universities to solve problems through more effective communication. I’ve been doing it for more than 8 years (twice as long, in fact) but it was in March 2011 that I took things to a more formal level by setting up a company. To celebrate my ‘birthday’, I …

The perils of no project communication

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When I was researching topics for my blog, a previous client asked me to write about what happens if you have no project communication at all. This is what I regularly see happening: No-one knows what they’re doing, so they just make it up. People are confused so they do the wrong thing or cause more problems than you started …

Great communications from 2018

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Whichever way you look at it, 2018 has been quite a year. There have been countless examples of communications, good and bad, that have influenced opinions and changed behaviours; helped people to live their lives and just plain entertained them; made them angry, made them laugh and made them cry. I asked some lovely people I know to share communications …

Cutting through the Christmas noise

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At Christmas we often find ourselves surrounded by noise. But I’m not talking about sleigh bells or those irritating novelty decorations that sing a tune and make a racket. I mean the multiple messages that come our way. Here are just some of the things we come across at this time of year: Adverts from stores such as you-know-who, telling …