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 can learn from the International Space Station

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When Major Tim Peake boarded the International Space Station a few months back I decided to track him through the night skies with my telescope – and with the help of some useful tracking info from NASA. I later learned Continue reading What communicators can learn from the International Space Station

Making the case for Business-to-Individual (B2i) communications

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One of my favourite bits in Monty Python’s Life of Brian is when a crowd gathers to follow Brian, believing him to be the messiah. But he tries to dissuade them. “You’ve got to think for yourselves! You’re all individuals!” Continue reading Making the case for Business-to-Individual (B2i) communications

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

Can communication ever be fully automated?

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Not a week seems to go past now without there being a new app that claims to make us better at communicating. Just a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that new Google Glass apps will be able to help Continue reading Can communication ever be fully automated?

Speak from the heart – and not just on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is upon us once again and the best communications advice for lovers must be to speak from the heart. When we speak from the heart it’s as if we’re saying what we really mean or feel – a Continue reading Speak from the heart – and not just on Valentine’s Day

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’