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

You don’t have time to read this…

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You don’t have time to read this blog post and I don’t have time to write it. There is so little time in the day to get all your tasks done, to keep your clients happy and to keep your Continue reading You don’t have time to read this…

8 communications tips from HR and behavioural science

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There is much that communications specialists can learn from HR colleagues. That’s why this week I’m taking my communications inspiration from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The CIPD recently held a conference called Science of Human Behaviour at Continue reading 8 communications tips from HR and behavioural science

Derren Brown offers inspiration for communicators

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If you look carefully (and I mean very carefully) at this photograph taken by Derren Brown, you can spot me in the audience. I’m watching Derren deliver a show as part of his current ‘Miracle’ tour. As usual, it was Continue reading Derren Brown offers inspiration for communicators

Can ‘blue’ really be the world’s favourite colour?

Top colours

There is a strong chance that if you are reading this then your favourite colour is blue. You’re probably even wearing blue right now. That’s not surprising as, according to a new YouGov survey, blue is the most popular colour Continue reading Can ‘blue’ really be the world’s favourite colour?

Leadership communications – how to start a ‘movement’

How to start a movement

You’ve heard about leadership communications, but after watching a Ted Talk about ‘How to start a movement’ I’m now wondering if it should be changed to follower communications instead. Almost 70,000 people have watched a talk by Derek Sivers in Continue reading Leadership communications – how to start a ‘movement’

Eight tips for using ‘personal-revelation’ in your communications

Personal revelation

There’s always a danger during the festive period of drinking too much and being just a bit over-familiar with workmates or managers. Alcohol is like a truth serum which can lead to us sharing personal insights with colleagues which we wouldn’t normally think Continue reading Eight tips for using ‘personal-revelation’ in your communications

How a positive outlook helps you create quality blog content

Positive outlook

Developing blog content is not always about process – it’s also about having a positive outlook. I read a blog post recently about how bloggers can prevent their ‘content well from running dry’. The tips were not bad but I Continue reading How a positive outlook helps you create quality blog content

Solving Prince Harry’s public speaking fears

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As Prince Harry revealed today that he gets “incredibly nervous and anxious” before public speaking, here are some timely tips to help royals and common folk alike deal with their speaking anxieties. Part of the solution is about adopting the Continue reading Solving Prince Harry’s public speaking fears

Use visual cues to improve user experience

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Starting your stories with a strong introduction is a key principle drummed into newspaper reporters, with sub-editors also learning the power of headlines, images and page layout. But this isn’t just for print journalists – these same principles are now Continue reading Use visual cues to improve user experience