How long can you make a coffee last to get free Wi-Fi?

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Independent cafes have been in the news this week voicing concerns about people who hog their tables and free Wi-Fi all day. As a communications consultant I make good use of coffee shops, for both meetings and work, so I Continue reading How long can you make a coffee last to get free Wi-Fi?

Preparing for a speech – which way works best for you?

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Some people like to do it in the dark and others prefer a mirror. Some like to do it in private while others prefer someone to watch. Yes, of course, I’m talking about the best way to rehearse before giving Continue reading Preparing for a speech – which way works best for you?

What communicators need to know about space

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Space has always been of interest to me. Not in the Star Trek sense, although I admit a certain penchant for Star Wars Episode V. I’m interested in the physical space used by professional speakers. In this definition, I include Continue reading What communicators need to know about space

Adapt your storytelling from page to stage

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There’s a natural assumption that as a communications specialist you are expert in delivering both written and verbal content. Staff within your company feel they can reasonably expect this of you. You are seen as a communications all-rounder. In the Continue reading Adapt your storytelling from page to stage

How to avoid making awkward phone calls

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I was inspired by a cheesy infographic I found on HubSpot this week to comment on how we can be more effective at making phone calls. You may have experienced those slightly awkward moments during a phone call when your words just didn’t seem Continue reading How to avoid making awkward phone calls

8 ways to improve conversations at communications networking events

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I’m a big fan of communications networking events. There are so many to choose from now, especially in London, and they are often either free to attend, or there’s a small fee, typically around £20 to £25. They are popular too. Continue reading 8 ways to improve conversations at communications networking events

Good communication provides ‘good medicine’

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A woman went to see a doctor – the sixth one in succession – to get another opinion on her anxiety disorder. Going through her history, the doctor found the woman had been taking a weight loss product. He noted that when Continue reading Good communication provides ‘good medicine’

Head hunter’s advice for job interviews

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Communicators know better than most the importance of presentation when it comes to a job interview. But a polished performance is more about your attitude than anything else, according to executive head hunter Tim Vincent. Tim is founder of Rembrandt Continue reading Head hunter’s advice for job interviews

Could marmoset monkeys hold the key to successful conversations?

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Could marmoset monkeys hold the key to successful conversations? Scientists from Princeton University have been exploring the evolution of human conversation and have turned to the marmosets for inspiration. It’s often thought that our conversation evolved from gestures, as evidenced Continue reading Could marmoset monkeys hold the key to successful conversations?

Neuroscience reveals effectiveness of face-to-face communication

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We all know that it often feels easier to ‘connect’ with people when talking face-to-face than when we use other channels such as email. But why is this? It appears that research in the field of neuroscience may now be Continue reading Neuroscience reveals effectiveness of face-to-face communication