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?

Wellington, the Battle of Waterloo and the role of communications

Waterloo

To coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo this week, I’ve taken a very brief look at what role communications may have played in the success of the Duke of Wellington’s campaigns. Target audience Three of the Continue reading Wellington, the Battle of Waterloo and the role of communications

Can communication ever be fully automated?

Automaton

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?

Newspaper reporter rated the worst job you can get

Newspaper reporter

You may think your job in PR is challenging. But no matter how difficult your day has been, it was probably nothing compared to the newspaper journalists you’ve been pitching to all day. Spare a thought for the news reporters. Continue reading Newspaper reporter rated the worst job you can get

CIPR State of the Profession Report 2015: Out NOW!

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What are the top trends and challenges facing Public Relations in 2015? Find out in the Chartered Institute of Public Relation’s State of the Profession Report 2015, published this morning. See my 60 second summary below for the Report’s key Continue reading CIPR State of the Profession Report 2015: Out NOW!

Do communications pros need to read more literary fiction?

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Writing in The Times last Saturday journalist Giles Coren said journalists were “among the least well-read people you will ever meet”. “They spend all day ‘reading’ newspapers, shorthand notes, filed copy, newswires, blogs, and when they come home they reckon Continue reading Do communications pros need to read more literary fiction?

New LinkedIn research poses writing skills challenge for PR industry

Drivers of trust in content

LinkedIn has ranked ‘well-written content’ as the number three factor in determining trusted content – at the same time as the PR industry reports a giant writing skills gap. A few days ago Linkedin published some interesting new research concerning Continue reading New LinkedIn research poses writing skills challenge for PR industry