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

browningyork Browning York News, Communication audiences, Communication channels, Communication lessons, Communication measurement, Training

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 …

Organisational and personal values

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Values are important to me. Maybe that’s why I work in the not-for-profit and academic sectors. It certainly helps with running my own business – the values that frame my working life are entirely my own, not something that has been dictated or developed by others. This ensures that the work I choose to do fits with my vision of …

Are you getting communication right?

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“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 …

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 …