How do you make a dry subject more interesting?

browningyork Browning York News, Engagement, General communication, Public sector, University

This week I will be speaking about procurement communication at the LUPC & SUPC Conference 2018. I do a lot of work with procurement teams, helping them find ways to engage their internal audiences with the need for compliant action. The teams are lovely, hard-working experts in their field who are striving to do their best for their organisation every …

Who needs internal comms?

browningyork Charity, General communication, University, Voluntary sector

I love my job. I believe wholeheartedly in the difference that effective communication makes to organisations, how it solves problems and supports achievement of plans and goals. As a result, I’m always willing to talk to others about what I do, whether at networking meetings, co-working offices or even at the pub with friends. (Oh yes, I’m a hoot at …

How to avoid hidden messages and misunderstandings

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

Hidden messages can pop up anywhere. I once had to explain to a client that if she chose only to publish details of what external stakeholders thought of her project and not the views of her staff, she would be sending out the message that her employees’ opinions weren’t important. Similarly, if she published only glowing reports from employees, when …

10 freelance communication experiences

browningyork Browning York News, Charity, General communication, Inspiration, University, Voluntary sector

Today is the 7th anniversary of the date I officially set up my not-for-profit and higher education communications limited company. I’m celebrating by sharing some of my favourite moments. I love my work When I left Cancer Research UK after 7 happy years, I needed to earn an income, but I also wanted to carry on working in a communications …

How many emails have you received today?

browningyork Communication channels, Communication lessons, Engagement, General communication

Emails are generally held up to be the bane of business life. In fact, whilst planning this piece, I asked some fellow freelancers about the communication problems their clients faced and over-reliance on email took the top slot. I don’t personally feel that email is inherently evil in itself. I completely agree that it causes many problems in organisations, but …